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Lamenting loss of funerals

So Ed Tomlinson, a UK Church of England vicar, has been ripping in to secular funerals. He himself is looking forward to the “gorgeous liturgy of the requiem mass. . . . Whereas the best our secularist friends (and those … Continue reading

Thatcher, Monckton and Pinochet

OK, I can appreciate that criticism of Margaret Thatcher upsets some people – not speaking ill of the dead or something. Trouble is, one has to choose. A lot of people were hurt by Thatcher’s policies. And she supported some … Continue reading

Do atheists need religion?

I was in no hurry to read this book – Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion. It got such bad reviews. And I really wasn’t impressed by Alain de Botton’s contribution to public debate – on … Continue reading

Terror in Norway

The bombing and mass murder in Oslo and Utøya, Norway, are both a shock and a surpise. How could the terrorist be so inhuman? And why Norway, usually considered one of the most sensible countries in the world? Maybe we … Continue reading

No gods required

Book Review: Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe by Greg M. Epstein Price: US$17.15 Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: William Morrow (October 27, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0061670111 ISBN-13: 978-0061670114 With this title the book is obviously … Continue reading

Overcoming dogmatism in science

One more post from 18 months ago: An important element of the scientific method is that hypotheses must be testable, potentially falsifiable, to be scientific. That we build theories by testing hypotheses and rejecting them if proved wrong by experiential … Continue reading

Becoming an atheist

Book Review: Why I became an Atheist: Personal Reflections and Additional Arguments by John W. Loftus Price: US$15.95 Paperback: 180 pages Publisher: Trafford Publishing (November 7, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 1425183794 ISBN-13: 978-1425183790 Hello there! If you are new here, … Continue reading

NZ blog ranks – August ’09

Just to be different, I am providing a different type of ranking this month. After all NZ bloggers already have those provided by Tumeke and Half Done. Rather than an overall rank the table below ranks NZ blogs according to … Continue reading

NZ blog ranks – July ’09

Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic My latest attempt to rank New Zealand blogs in the tables below. The methods used are outlined in Ranking … Continue reading

NZ blog ranks – June ’09

Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic. My latest attempt to rank New Zealand blogs in the tables below. The methods used are outlined in Ranking … Continue reading