NEW WIRED MAGAZINE COVER STORY
Posted: 20 October 2006 10:17 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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The new November 2006 issue of Wired magazine has a cover story entitled "The New Atheism:  Inside the Crusade Against Religion".

There is a lengthy article inside about Harris, Dawkins, Dennett and others.

Well worth checking out.

-Mark

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Posted: 20 October 2006 11:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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I’ll definitely pick that up. . . although I regret that atheists often seem to relish in using Christian terminology. . . ala “crusade”. . . but I suppose it’s predictable, and makes for a catchy banner headline. Is there any reason they couldn’t have titled it “The New Atheism: Inside the Challenge to Religious Myth” . . . ? Just my pet peeve, I guess.

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Posted: 20 October 2006 11:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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I regret that I have but one life to live for Jesus Christ.

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Posted: 20 October 2006 11:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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[quote author=“TheChampion”]I regret that I have but one life to live for Jesus Christ.

To the sounds of roaring cheers and applause, I present to TheChamp—with great flourish and an explosion of paparazzi flashes—his golden statuette for “Best Internet Portrayal of a Male Christian Sillyhead, 2006”.

Nobody does it better, Champ—never change, babe wink.

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Posted: 20 October 2006 01:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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[quote author=“TheChampion”]I regret that I have but one life to live for Jesus Christ.

You should become Hindu then.  Then you’ll have thousands or so lives to live for whomever you wish.

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Posted: 23 October 2006 06:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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http://www.wired.com/news/wiredmag/0,71985-0.html?tw=wn_index_1


How much of a thrill do you think it is for Sam to be continually be mentioned along side Richard Dawkins?

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Posted: 23 October 2006 07:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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So is that the exact article that appears in the newsstand version, or is there more?


Oooohhh, spooky new pic :D!


http://www.wired.com/ly/wired/news/images/full/FF_182_atheism3_f.jpg

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Posted: 23 October 2006 07:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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Apologies. . . I just saw that it goes on for 8 pages, so that is quite huge.

Interesting quote from Dawkins on page 2:

“The number of nonreligious people in the U.S. is something nearer to 30 million than 20 million,” he says. “That’s more than all the Jews in the world put together. I think we’re in the same position the gay movement was in a few decades ago. There was a need for people to come out. The more people who came out, the more people had the courage to come out. I think that’s the case with atheists. They are more numerous than anybody realizes.”

I wonder what his reference is for those numbers?

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Posted: 24 October 2006 01:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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This article from Wired is going around on several atheist sites.  It was sent to me from Atheist Empire.  I was going to bring it here but was too late.  It is well worth reading it all the eway through.

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Posted: 24 October 2006 02:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]  
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I have not read the article yet,but if that photo from above is part of it I think that image speeks volumes about attitudes tworads Atheism..We are all surrounded by darkness.no hope no light..If that was a picture of a religious author it would have been shot with a pastoral background and blue birds flying in the background.. its time to end the myth that a non-religious life contains no light.

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Posted: 24 October 2006 02:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]  
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Read the article and come outside and stand in the sun with the rest of us.  I declared my Atheism over 20 years ago.  I lost some friends and made more!  When I went on line I began to see if there was any new Republican groups started that would help each other to reduce the power and authority creeping up on us from the government.  I saw my first entrance of the religous right who were determined to firm up the Bill of Rights adding a list of sins to be prohibited.  I attended a couple of local Republican meetings and there it was.  The GOP was now the party of Jesus Christ and no other God need apply.  A “No God” was asked to leave.  This has not changed today. 

I felt as if a cancer had suddenly shown up within the political party I had joined in 1953.  In 40 years the religious right had destroyed the GOP.  I’d been so deeply involved in politics all my life, I had to simply tell people I could no longer support either party as I found nothing of interest in either one.  I went from Perot to the LP.  I also explained that since the religious right had moved into the GOP it was time to declare my Atheism.  My Mormon relatives simply turned their backs on me and I was delighted!

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Posted: 24 October 2006 04:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]  
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[quote author=“Mia”]
Interesting quote from Dawkins on page 2:

“The number of nonreligious people in the U.S. is something nearer to 30 million than 20 million,” he says. “That’s more than all the Jews in the world put together. I think we’re in the same position the gay movement was in a few decades ago. There was a need for people to come out. The more people who came out, the more people had the courage to come out. I think that’s the case with atheists. They are more numerous than anybody realizes.”

I wonder what his reference is for those numbers?

I do too.  Especially given the dubious reference in the Salon interview, about studies showing atheists are smarter than believers.

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Posted: 24 October 2006 04:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]  
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This was a disappointing article, IMO.  The author seemed to be struggling to come up with an overall thesis and wound up being snarky and ultimately emotional instead.

The last sentence: Or, you might say, our bedrock faith: the faith that no matter how confident we are in our beliefs, there’s always a chance we could turn out to be wrong.

Sigh. 

I have no “faith” that I could turn out to be wrong.  I know it as a fact.  Please prove me wrong. 

And no, lack of political advantage, subjective reports, and absence of evidence are not ways to do it.

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Posted: 25 October 2006 12:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]  
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i know they need to sell magazines, hence the the flashy title, but wouldn’t it more accuraely be described as:

The crusade against unfounded superstitions?

The crusade for truth and evidence in argument?

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