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  1. #1 Glen Davidson
    February 5, 2009

    Panda’s Thumb is quite explicit in not taking a stance on god. You’ll get some atheistic posts, and some “NOMA” type posts.

    Pym, a theist, used to write a lot of the posts.

    So, it’s certainly not an entirely accurate list.

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/6mb592

  2. #2 Brock
    February 5, 2009

    Here’s an excellent addition! Mano Singham’s Blog.

    (kind of a shameless plug since I know him, but his writing and reasoning really are quality)

  3. #3 marilove
    February 5, 2009

    I wouldn’t really consider Skepchick an atheist blog, either. There are quite a few atheist posters and commenters, but there are several theists, too, and it certainly focuses way more on skepticsm in general than anything having to do with atheism…

    Seems this list uses pretty broad indicators or something…

  4. #4 chancelikely
    February 5, 2009

    Heh, that list reads a lot like my favorites menu.

    Slacktivist isn’t an atheist or an agnostic, if I read his posts right, but rather a very liberal Christian. Maybe the compilers of this list got confused by his awesomeness and put him on the list anyway. (Or it’s because he gives Left Behind both barrels on a weekly basis.)

  5. #5 chancelikely
    February 5, 2009

    Oops, I see that PZ addressed my point in his opening paragraph. In my defense, reading comprehension isn’t my strong suit before caffeine.

  6. #6 CC
    February 5, 2009

    Apparently, I have to try harder.

  7. #7 maddogdelta
    February 5, 2009

    If you ever want to put up the funniest “atheist” blogs, don’t forgot Ray Comfort’s blog

    // withholding the link. Don’t want to take the chance of any stupid leaking through

  8. #8 Lana
    February 5, 2009

    Oh, great. More places I’ll want to visit instead of getting my work done. And I’ve got lots of work these days since I’m a bankruptcy lawyer.

    Hey, I’ve got foreclosures to stop. Don’t try to distract me. Oooh! Look at the pretty flowers!

  9. #9 Faintpraise
    February 5, 2009

    I love slacktivist’s blog, he is one of the few Christians I have come into contact with, irl or online, that I have a good deal of respect for. And the comments are always good reading and get into some interesting debates. He has often self-described as an evangelist.

    There are a few here I haven’t had a look at though….hm, I’ve got some reading to do!

  10. #10 DaveX
    February 5, 2009

    Mine is all experimental music, all the time– but it’s WRITTEN by an atheist!

  11. #11 Evinfuilt
    February 5, 2009

    But but… how could Edward Current be on that list. A good Christian like him, I’ve learned so much about God from him. Whatever will I do now knowing he’s a fraud, lieing about his faith. :(

  12. #12 AllanW
    February 5, 2009

    Richard will be so pissed off being at #22 …

  13. #13 SteveN
    February 5, 2009

    Well, Richard’s site isn’t really a blog, IMHO. He does sometime contribute an original entry, but mostly it’s news items and articles submitted by others.

    SteveN

  14. #14 Warren
    February 5, 2009

    The Panda’s Thumb tries to avoid the theist/atheist wars altogether.

    Isn’t that what makes it agnostic?

    :)

  15. #15 Matt Heath
    February 5, 2009

    Bad Science is a bit of a stretch as an atheist/agnostic blog too. The nearest I’ve seen is eye-rolling about clerics meddling in medical matters in the sidebar miniblog

  16. #16 Norman Doering
    February 5, 2009

    DaveX wrote:

    Mine is all experimental music, all the time– but it’s WRITTEN by an atheist!

    I just put up a link to my musical experiments:
    http://normdoering.blogspot.com/2009/02/testing-1-2-3-testing.html

    But my blog isn’t any one thing at any time… at least not any more.

  17. #17 JRQ
    February 5, 2009

    Glad to see Evangelical Realism on the list — Deacon’s multi-part dissection of Vox Day’s book is a tour de force.

  18. #18 Dave Lartigue
    February 5, 2009

    Slacktivist is an excellent blog, and its writer is indeed a liberal Christian. In fact, about the only time when Slacktivist goes awry for me is when he does discuss Atheists, as he often falls back on tired cliches about them, despite a large percentage of them in his readership.

  19. #19 Patricia, OM
    February 5, 2009

    What?! No Cuttlefish? That’s blasphemy.

  20. #20 Ritchie Annand
    February 5, 2009

    What an odd list. Apart from the top four and the few ones beginning with P near the end, it’s in more or less alphabetical order (though some aren’t quite sorted).

    Maybe if others want to be near the top of this list “AAA Atheist Aardvark” might be a good title to adopt.

  21. #21 JRQ
    February 5, 2009

    The link says the top five are in rank order, and the others are an alphabetized “best of the rest”.

  22. #22 Pdiff
    February 5, 2009

    What!? No ERV? She’s going to sick Arnie on you dude!

  23. #23 Scote
    February 5, 2009

    I find the atheist blogg aggregater or http://planetatheism.com/ to be very handy. And they have an RSS feed.

  24. #24 Matt Heath
    February 5, 2009

    No Kaffir Girl either. She rocks

  25. #25 S.Scott
    February 5, 2009

    I must echo Pdiff … where’s erv??

  26. #26 JC DiStefano
    February 5, 2009
  27. #27 Heimdall
    February 5, 2009

    While Slacktivist clearly doesn’t belong on this list, I think everyone should visit it regularly anyway. One of my favorite sites on the Internet.
    *cough*…though Pharyngula is nice, too…

  28. #28 Naked Bunny with a Whip
    February 5, 2009

    The Panda’s Thumb tries to avoid the theist/atheist wars altogether.

    Well, aside from bitching about you occasionally.

    Anyway, trying to stay out of the fray is just as bad as promoting a specific view to the “you’re either with us or against us” crowd.

  29. #29 Greg Peterson
    February 5, 2009

    It’s William LobDell, incidentally (not Lobell), and he has written a fasicnating book coming out soon, “Losing My Religion” about how his time on the LA Times religion beat lead to his atheism. Seeing up close the various high crimes and misdemeanors of the faithful put him on a path toward reason. It’s the first really good memoir I’ve seen come out of the atheist movement (I mean one that is not strictly a deconversion story, used as a prop to make a larger point). In Lobdell’s case, biography becomes philosophy, and it makes for some dramatic reading. I especially appreciated in his book that he gives a shout out to Julia Sweeney, whose story his in some ways reflects.

  30. #30 Clare
    February 5, 2009

    I love slacktivist too. His Left Behind series is awesome – never has there been such good writing on such bad writing sustained over such a long period – and it remains entertaining and informative throughout!

  31. #31 Sili
    February 5, 2009

    Derren Brown has a blog?! Damn, I wanna eat that man’s brain (i.e. I can’t actually be arsed to put in the work to acquire any talents).

    I’m mildly amused that the Antichrist, hisself, is all the way down at 22. I hope he doesn’t have much of an ego.

  32. #32 Pierce R. Butler
    February 5, 2009

    Where are Brent Rasmussen and his rowdies from Unscrewing the Inscrutable?

  33. #33 damnedyankee
    February 5, 2009

    Slacktivist is one of my favorite blogs. I’ve found that it’s more some of his commenters making assumptions about atheists than Fred himself (just had a big row recently, as a matter of fact). Plus, his nearly page-by-page dissections of the odious Left Behind novels are must-reads.

  34. #34 Daniel Florien
    February 5, 2009

    Yeah, it really should have been labeled “atheist/agnostic/skeptical” blogs but that was too long. But that was my thinking when I compiled it, and I put that in the post itself. Alas, titles must be short.

    @Greg Peterson: Doh, I left the “d” out! Thanks for catching that typo.

  35. #35 JD
    February 5, 2009

    Feh, just a buncha militant neo-rationalist, neo-secular, neo-atheist and neo-non-theist, neo-militant, fundamentalist science secularists.

    Sam Harris was right.

  36. #36 HenryS
    February 5, 2009

    Well isn’t this just special:

    WASHINGTON ? President Barack Obama on Thursday signed an order establishing a White House office of faith-based initiatives with a broader mission than the one overseen by his predecessor, Republican George W. Bush.

    Obama said the office would reach out to organizations that provide help “no matter their religious or political beliefs.”

    Obama is calling his program the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

    He said in this time of economic crisis, it was proper for the government to be providing help to Americans.

    But no matter how much the government does, “the change that Americans are looking for will not come from government alone.”

    The president will also appoint Joshua DuBois, a 26-year-old Pentecostal minister who headed religious outreach for Obama’s Senate office and later his campaign, to lead the partnership’s office and name 25 religious and secular leaders to a new advisory board.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090205/ap_on_go_pr_wh/rel_obama_faith_based

    Here is one of the new advisors..Frank Page, former Southern Baptist Convention President. Who is a flaming homophobe and misogynist. He makes Rick Warren look like a liberal.

  37. #37 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 5, 2009

    Feh, just a buncha militant neo-rationalist, neo-secular, neo-atheist and neo-non-theist, neo-militant, fundamentalist science secularists.

    Sam Harris was right.

    No idea what you are trying to say John.

  38. #38 Karl
    February 5, 2009

    I’m surprised that the Atheistexperience blog is not listed. That blog is from the gang in Austin, Texas that sponsers The Atheist Experience live call-in TV show every Sunday, as well as The Non Prophets webcast.

  39. #39 Alverant
    February 5, 2009

    I wonder how they rated these blogs? What criteria did they use? What did you do that the #2 spot didn’t do?

  40. #40 Holbach
    February 5, 2009

    JD @ 35

    Is that a pro or con inference to Sam Harris? Whatever, I am glad he is on our side, and he is right most of the time. Sure wish he would comment here on Pharyngula, as he seldoms answers E-mails.

  41. #42 JD
    February 5, 2009

    BTW, it was *definitely* pro-Harris.

  42. So attacking creationism makes me atheist/agnostic? Really? Isn’t that buying into the “Christian nation” idea, in that this country is a monlithic religion?

  43. #44 Jason Failes
    February 5, 2009

    Phil has a point, and an excellent blog.

    Man, this is going to take weeks to get through, not even taking into account all the links in the comments.

  44. #45 Ritchie Annand
    February 5, 2009

    The link says the top five are in rank order, and the others are an alphabetized “best of the rest”.

    Thanks, JRQ, that clears up a little bit of the mystery, though they deserve some teasin’ for sorting P after S :)

    It’s a pretty good list. I like Slacktivist as well, although going through Left Behind like that has got to leave permanent damage. The Left Behind experience could be summed up thusly:

    People who are used to assuming their conclusions don’t understand motivation and are willing to ignore everything that doesn’t make their point, kinda like the “I used to be an atheist” stories. This makes their works of fiction suck talking donkey balls.

    Daylight Atheism is another one of my favorites. Thoughtful, and manages to be “nice” without any Sagan-damned “framing”.

    Not that I like “nice” all the time, of course. There’s a reason PZ is at the top of the list :)

  45. #46 Rieux
    February 5, 2009

    What?! No Cuttlefish? That’s blasphemy.

    Foul! That didn’t rhyme.

  46. #47 Dennis N
    February 5, 2009

    I’d like to pimp out http://www.bay-of-fundie.com/ which gives me a good laugh every few days. Also, http://fundiewatch.blogspot.com/ is good, but the author has become too busy to post very often.

  47. #48 JD
    February 5, 2009

    Read the Harris comment on Edge.org in reference to (and in defense of) Coyne and it should remind you of a “certain courtier” and his erudite reply.

  48. #49 Holbach
    February 5, 2009

    JD @ 41, 42

    Thanks for the link. Good stuff. I for one, think science and religion will never reconcile. Science deals with the real and rational, and religion does not.

  49. #50 TX CHL Instructor
    February 5, 2009

    For atheist blogs, my favorite is Planck’s Constant (http://plancksconstant.org/), mainly because he isn’t a hair-brained Liberal Obot.

  50. #51 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 5, 2009

    Um, what is a Liberal Obot?

  51. #52 Jason Failes
    February 5, 2009

    I assume Obot means “Obama Bot”, one who would hold Obama in uncritically high esteem.

    Given the fracturing of the left in many countries (for example, my own home Canada), I’m just happy that enough Left-leaning and Centrist Americans found enough common ground to elect the reality-based candidate, even if he turns out to be less-than-perfect and less-than-expected.

  52. #53 Kazim
    February 5, 2009

    Karl:

    I’m surprised that the Atheistexperience blog is not listed.

    Me too! :)

  53. #54 Patricia, OM
    February 5, 2009

    Foul!
    OK, I’ll go sit in the sidelines.

    But really you’re expecting a lot, do you think it’s easy being an ignorant slut everyday? *pout*

  54. #55 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 5, 2009

    Posted by: Jason Failes | February 5, 2009

    I assume Obot means “Obama Bot”, one who would hold Obama in uncritically high esteem.

    Funny, I really do not see much uncritical Obama love on this site. I guess it is easier to shot off a blanket statement as opposed to actually having an idea.

  55. #56 Teleprompter
    February 5, 2009

    @ Patricia OM #19 and Pdiff #22

    Both Cuttlefish and ERV were mentioned in the comments on that thread. The injustices have been mended.

  56. #57 TX CHL Instructor
    February 5, 2009

    @55: Then you haven’t been paying attention. Of course, now that the Obamassiah has gotten his hand slapped a couple of times for doing things like nominating tax cheats for cabinet positions, or demonstrating that he considers the rule of law to apply only to Other People, I’ve noticed that this blog has become strangely and uncharacteristically silent about Liberal issues and sticking to science (I really prefer it that way…).

  57. #58 bric
    February 5, 2009

    A few I would recommend adding

    The Daily Doubter: http://dailydoubt.blogspot.com/

    New Humanist Blog: http://blog.newhumanist.org.uk/

    Butterflies and Wheels: http://www.butterfliesandwheels.com/

    Atheist Ethicist: http://atheistethicist.blogspot.com/

  58. #59 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 5, 2009

    YYAAAWWWWNNNN…

    Did someone just say something?

  59. #60 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 5, 2009

    So attacking creationism makes me atheist/agnostic? Really? Isn’t that buying into the “Christian nation” idea, in that this country is a monlithic religion?

    EEEEEEK! Who let the astronomer in?

  60. #61 The Atheist Jew
    February 5, 2009

    I didn’t make the list, so I know it is strictly subjective.

  61. #62 (((Billy))) The Atheist
    February 5, 2009

    I personally like (and would nominate for the second list (not quite first list worthy, but definately second)) (((Billy))) the Atheist. Which can be found at http://iambilly.wordpress.com

    Of course, I am biased.

  62. #63 Matt Heath
    February 5, 2009

    @TX CHL Instructor@#57: This is such fail. There’s a difference between commitment to liberal politics (which is common amongst commenters here) and idolising Obama (which I’ve not seen at all).

    A large proportion the response to Obama here is sniping from the left for being just another centre-right corporate shill. PZ himself has offered only the most grudging support for his and your new president. Show us some examples of Obamolatry (as opossed to merely saying he seems a relatively good guy). If Pharyngulites are as star-struck as you claim it shouldn’t be hard.

  63. #64 Rich Lawler
    February 5, 2009

    What about “Rationally Speaking?” I’m surprised that’s not up there (http://rationallyspeaking.blogspot.com/)

  64. #65 TLP
    February 5, 2009

    Top ~30 Atheist Romanian blogs (not in any particular order)

    This is a country of 22 million people where only 16.000 people declared themselves Atheist in the last census!

    http://www.tlp.ro/
    oenoanda.blogspot.com/
    dracool.ablog.ro/
    thinkingoffcenter.wordpress.com/
    draculgol.wordpress.com/
    http://www.logosfera.ro/
    happyateista.blogspot.com/
    confruntadurerea.wordpress.com/
    http://www.selfhelp.ro/
    alexandra1305.blogspot.com/
    despreprostie.blogspot.com/
    dumnezeueateu.wordpress.com/
    caveatlector.eu/
    sweetenought.blogspot.com/
    horiapatrascu.wordpress.com/
    ateistul.com/
    laponaantigel.blogspot.com/
    salutsuntdumnezeu.wordpress.com/
    i-confess-my-sins.blogspot.com/
    civilizatiafoametei.com/wordpress
    gaudisilviu.blogspot.com/
    justmejustyou1.blogspot.com/
    ateismcritic.blogspot.com/
    dazeloop.blogspot.com/
    fishingwithdarwin.wordpress.com/
    scrierile.wordpress.com/
    roguefilthypunk.wordpress.com/
    credsaunu.blogspot.com/
    dracu-gol.blogspot.com/
    theateu.blogspot.com/
    highmage.blogspot.com/
    gygess.blogspot.com/

  65. #66 Holbach
    February 5, 2009

    TLP @ 65

    16,000 rational people out of 22 million says a lot for the religious hold on an area strickened for centuries with superstition allied with religion. May the 16,ooo persevere and increase in numbers.

  66. #67 bric
    February 5, 2009

    Sorry i was so boring; but then I have little interest in sluts.

  67. #68 JJR
    February 5, 2009

    Rassmussen’s UTI is good, as is the God-is-for-suckers blog–that one cracks me up.

  68. #69 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 5, 2009

    Bric, my snarkiness was not meant for you. It was for the person who posted just before you.

  69. #70 damnedyankee
    February 5, 2009

    I suspect that accusations of Obama worship is just the Right projecting their treatment of the recently departed moon-calf like a golden one.

  70. #71 Patricia, OM
    February 5, 2009

    bric, if you have little interest in sluts, you’re sure hanging out in a saloon that’s full of them.

  71. #72 marty
    February 5, 2009

    I was surprised to learn that one of the old kids on the block is now one of the new kids on the blog: The Center for Inquiry has started up a blog, although it’s not updated as frequently as I’d like.

    http://www.centerforinquiry.net/blog

  72. #73 garth
    February 5, 2009

    my friend jake’s blog is pretty awesome:
    http://thegoodatheist.net/

  73. #74 Crystal D.
    February 5, 2009

    One of my favorite things today has been the people posting here and at ‘unreasonable faith’ basically saying “Hey, what about my blog? Look at my blog!” :) Probably not the best way to get some readers, in my opinion…

    And not that anyone really cares, or that they’re even the best, but my fav blogs right now, aside from the obviously already listed ones above, are:

    http://www.tuibguy.com
    universalheretic.wordpress.com
    politickybitch.blogspot.com
    car54.wordpress.com

  74. #75 currie jean
    February 5, 2009

    Kinda OT – My friend found a Catholic communion kit by the side of the road, with a couple probably-blessed jesus crackers inside. We want to emulate crackergate, but we aren’t exactly sure what to do with them. Suggestions?

    The suggestion box, and video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukmGPqyR3dY

    – CJ

  75. #76 Chris Swanson
    February 5, 2009

    Drat! I’m not even in the top 30! So much progress yet to be made…

    Realistically I’m probably not in the top 30,000, but I can dream. :)

  76. #77 Charles Wade
    February 5, 2009

    Thanks, and Darn You (and no, do not read as “Darnwinist You”)! You have exposed me to Slacktivist and now I am completely hooked. I love your science but he writes better prose. In reality, thanks, why would anyone need television as a diversion? Good investment of time is websites like yours and others of similiar ilk or link.

  77. #78 Diagoras
    February 5, 2009

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1875032,00.html I think this is super-shiny amounts of awesome. Go Iceland.

  78. #79 Dr. Bryan Grieg Fry
    February 5, 2009

    :: insert here shameless plug for my own site http://venomdoc.blogspot.com ::

  79. #80 Hemant Mehta
    February 5, 2009

    PZ — You’re going down.

    — #2

    :)

  80. #81 E.V.
    February 5, 2009

    #80:
    Funny, you don’t sound so friendly…

  81. #82 Al
    February 5, 2009

    Goodness, WHERE IS SANDWALK??

    Larry’s going to be very unhappy.

    A

  82. #83 Marty
    February 5, 2009

    I’m going to throw in a plug for another fine atheist blog:
    http://www.atheismblog.blogspot.com/

  83. #84 ChrisKG
    February 5, 2009

    By far, the best blog on that list (IMHO) is http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/

  84. #85 bam
    February 5, 2009

    Fred Clark is a Christian, alright, but I love him dearly. He is proof that you don’t HAVE to get a lobotomy to be religious. If any of you guys haven’t red his blog, you should. Go to the archives and read his Page-by-Page dismantling of “Left Behind”. He spent several years doing a post every Friday for that. It is amazing stuff.

    He’s working on LB the Movie now.

    He has opinions on a long list of other things. I have yet to disagree with him about anything but the whole “god” issue, but as far as I am concerned, anyone who has his compassion, his brains, and his fire can go right ahead and believe in a god if he wants to. I won’t think the less of him.

  85. #86 Kel
    February 5, 2009

    I’ve got to try harder to get on things like that.

  86. #87 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    February 6, 2009

    Oh, Crystal D., of sunnyskeptic.wordpress.com, you are so sweet!

  87. #88 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    February 6, 2009

    I really hate to do this, but… wait that’s a lie. I really love to do this. Greg Laden and Stephanie Zvan have done the heavy lifting to launch a new blog. I am along thanks to their generosity. This collaboration has yielded Minnesota’s own atheist/agnostic blog Quiche Moraine.

    It’s not in the top thirty yet, but watch for it!

  88. #89 Cheezits
    February 6, 2009

    Slacktivist may not be an atheist, but his blog is a good one for atheists who want to discuss religion (as long as they are polite about it), along with various sorts of believers.

  89. #90 Sigmund
    February 6, 2009

    I managed to find my blog named on the Moderate Christian Webring at one stage! My ‘teach the controversy’ series of pictures was linked to a few pro-evolution Christian sites and for some reason my site ended up on a list of those sorts of sites. I was mildly amused by the idea considering that half the stuff I have on my site condemns me to some particular level of their hell.

  90. #91 teammarty
    February 6, 2009

    American Atheists’ NO God Blog is my homerable honerable mention choice.

  91. #92 Glad Tidings
    February 6, 2009

    Do you guys realize you’re the mirror image of the fundamentalist Christians you hate so much? They’re all hiding out in their Christian ghetto with their top 10 lists of Christian blogs, etc., and now you’re doing the same with your lists of “all things atheist.” Can you taste the irony like I can?

  92. #93 Odonata
    February 7, 2009

    Thanks for linking to those blogs, PZ, and for you others making additional blog suggestions. Now I’ve got a lot of new blogs to check out!

  93. #94 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 7, 2009

    Do you guys realize you’re the mirror image of the fundamentalist Christians you hate so much? They’re all hiding out in their Christian ghetto with their top 10 lists of Christian blogs, etc., and now you’re doing the same with your lists of “all things atheist.” Can you taste the irony like I can?

    OH MY GOD YOU’RE RIGHT.

    We better alert the Star Trek fans with their top ten list of blogs.

    And the Medical bloggers and the cooks and photographers and cat fanciers and writers and firearms fans and hell we should let anyone who uses this obscure top ten list idea.

    OH NO. WHAT ABOUT DAVE LETTERMAN? HE HAS A TOP TEN LIST TOO.

  94. #95 Circe of the Godless
    February 7, 2009

    Surprised this one didn’t make it:

    http://www.ebonmusings.org/

    fabulous stuff.

  95. #96 Freidenker
    February 8, 2009

    There’s two blogs I read *every day* as opposed to every now and then, and that’s Pharyngula and Evangelical Realism. The latter is extremely underestimated. With all due respect to PZ’s esteemed and highly informed opinions – DD is simply wonderful. Duncan is one of those rare human beings who are not only extremely knowledgeable, but also almost heroically humble. The fact that he’s very well versed (unlike PZ) in Christian theology and STILL produces a mind-blowing critique of Christianity never ceases to amaze and fascinate me

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