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Aussie wisdom

Book Review: The Australian Book of Atheism Edited by Warren Bonett. Price: AU$35.00 Format: Paperback (448pp ) Size: 234mm x 153mm ISBN (13): 9781921640766 Publisher: Scribe Publications (November 2010). This is a book by Aussies, for Aussies. But given our … Continue reading

New Zealand has bigots too

I actually thought this wouldn’t happen in good old New Zealand. We are a tolerant lot and seem quite happy with our largely secular society. But there’s always some die-hards wanting to spoil it, isn’t there? This press release from … Continue reading

NZ Atheist Bus Campaign reaches fund raising target in under a week

Below is a press release from the organisers of the NZ Atheist Bus campaign. The current total raised is over NZ$20,200. The NZ Atheist Bus Campaign is one step closer to placing atheist ads on buses, with their fund raising … Continue reading

Defending science and reason

Book Review: The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason by Victor Stenger Price: US$12.92 Paperback: 282 pages Publisher: Prometheus Books (September 22, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 1591027519 ISBN-13: 978-1591027515 Hello there! If you are new here, you … Continue reading


I don’t understand those religious apologists who claim purpose as a reason for their beliefs. Or, more precisely, I find their arguments unconvincing. There is an example in a post by James at the local Catholic apologetics blog Being Frank … Continue reading

“Interfaith” blindness

There is a strange attitude towards religion in New Zealand. US President Obama can acknowledge that the pluralistic society includes people of various faiths and people with no faith (the non-religious). However our main political parties (National and Labour) seem … Continue reading

Einstein’s god

Einstein’s name keeps being ‘used in vain’ when it comes to religion. Despite his rejection of a personal god he is often quoted as believing in one. However his ‘religious’ views are far more interesting and actually worth investigating. Particularly … Continue reading

Introducing humanism into politics

I have often thought that humanists and other non-theist groups, don’t play the role they could in New Zealand society. Out last census revealed that just under 50% of New Zealander’s now describe themselves as Christian (Is New Zealand a … Continue reading

Religious belief and age

The recent survey commissioned by the Bible Society (Bible Engagement in New Zealand) provides some interesting information on the distribution of belief by age. The survey asked the question “would you describe yourself as a Christian?” It didn’t attempt to … Continue reading

Is New Zealand a Christian nation?

This question comes up from time to time. Those arguing that it is admit  the proportion of New Zealanders who are Christian is declining but claim it is still a majority. A recent survey commissioned by the Bible Society (Bible … Continue reading