April 14, 2009

An Appropriate Use of Christopher Hitchens’ Talents

Posted in Atheism, Debates, Questions For Atheists tagged , , , , , , , at 2:28 pm by Andrew

After giving Hitch a bit of a hard time about his debate with William Lane Craig, it’s time to pat him on the back for demolishing Way of the Master alum Todd Friel:

Part 1:

Part 2:

I do view this as a bit of a service to the Christian community, or at least to the handful of folks who still think this is a good script.

HT: Pharyngula, of course.

Cameron Reilly’s Interview with Dr. Robert M. Price

Posted in Atheism, Interviews, Podcasts tagged , , , , , , , at 10:44 am by Andrew

…can be found here, in .mp3 format.

Dr. Price is one of the most prominent scholars in the Jesus-mythicist camp, which is to say that he concludes that we do not know anything reliable about the life of a real Jesus with historical certainty. To my Christian readers: if your only exposure to mythicism is from the likes of the Rational Response Squad, you owe it to yourself to give Dr. Price a try. You may not be convinced, but you’ll certainly be surprised (and most likely, impressed).

Christians on Christianity

Posted in Atheism, Atheism and Morality tagged , , , at 10:29 am by Andrew

The Barna Group, as many of you know, is a professional research organization — run by conservative Christians, mind you — that collects data about American Christianity and Christian beliefs and practices. Notably, the folks at Barna follow accepted research methods; as far as I can tell, it’s every bit as good as a secular polling outfit (and probably better than the Zogbys of the world).

Well, Barna has released their latest report, and it’s chock full of cross-tabbed goodies. For instance:

* 59% of professing Christians agree or strongly agree that Satan “is not a living being but a symbol of evil.”

* Similarly, 58% of professing Christians agree or strongly agree that the Holy Spirit is a symbol, rather than an actual, living being.

* Sadly (and weirdly), however, 54% of Christians continue to believe that people can be under the influence of demons or evil spirits, which I guess explains the persistence of people who believe in exorcisms. Well, that, and powerful imagination.

Anyway, I don’t want to spoil the rest of the fun. Go read it!

HT: The Real Issue.