Tag Archives: religion

William Lane Craig: The Bathrobe

I’ve noted before that I find the term ‘christian humility‘ oxymoronic: there is nothing humble about claiming a personal relationship with the creator of the universe. And almost as tediously predictable as the christian claiming to be humble is the christian calling the new atheists ‘arrogant’. But any Gnu you could name would have a [...]

CPX: Chinese toddler, John Dickson’s Humilitas and Josephus

I’m starting to find the output of the Centre for Public Christianity more god-awful than that of the Australian Christian Lobby. CPX recently tried to exploit the sad story of the Chinese toddler Wang Yue, who died after being hit by a truck. 18 passers-by left it to someone else to deal with, which happened [...]

Outreach Media’s Evidence for God on Toast: fixed that for you

Lots of Australian churches outsource the creation of ‘witty’ posters to an outfit called Outreach Media, who have a new zinger for us each month. They were the people who produced the horrific Christian poster with the lion on. Well, their October effort is pretty bad, too. Just a bit less horrific, and a bit [...]

Centre for Public Christianity

I’ve crossed swords with the Centre for Public Christianity before. They pay people like John Dickson to claim in mainstream newspapers that atheists are of lower value to society than good, honest christians, who are honest and tell the truth and don’t bear false witness. And stuff. Honest. The last time I blogged about CPX, [...]

Rowan Williams wants the Church of England to take on atheists

From the Telegraph comes this hilarious gem: Clergy are to be urged to be more vocal in countering the arguments put forward by a more hard-line group of atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, who have campaigned for a less tolerant attitude towards religion. A report endorsed by Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop [...]

Atheists at Church part 1: A question from a Coptic friend

The Western Sydney Freethinkers recently happened to make friends with the Apologetics Group of Archangel Michael & St Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church. It happened by chance as we struck out to their church to watch comedy creationist Carl Wieland defend the historicity of the Flintstones. Though we expected his usual stand-up routine, the event turned out to [...]

SU QLD chaplain invites John Mackay to school. Here’s what he thinks about gay people.

Scripture Union Queensland’s CEO Tim Mander went on Hope Christian radio’s breakfast show the other day and reiterated his crazy claim that the National School Chaplaincy program has widespread support. Left unchallenged by the simpering hosts he sang his now familiar refrain ‘Chaplaincy in the community is well accepted’ (to the tune of ‘Ted Haggard [...]

70 billion people Say NO To Chaplains!*

Ron Williams’s High Court Challenge to the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) seems to have gone pretty well. My friend Chrys Stevenson has been in Canberra to witness the case and has worked hard to sum up the details in a readable fashion. No easy task, but she’s done admirably. Please thank her. Meanwhile it [...]

Meanwhile, over at The Christian Post…

While Brigadier (ret.) Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby acts surprised that the ‘Twitter Brigade’ objected to his racist homophobic rubbish, The Christian Post give us an insight into their online strategy: Because nothing says ‘we understand the Internets’ like plastering ‘ways to get CP‘ at the bottom of your pious and tawdry blog.

How to stand when in space

I was just browsing Wikipedia, as one does, and my undirected meanderings brought me to the article about the plaques attached to the Pioneer spacecraft. They were intended to say a little about us should ET ever find the craft. The idea was expanded on later with the Voyager Golden Records. Here is the plaque [...]