Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangroom, editors of the atheist site Butterflies and Wheels, have written a book entitled Does God Hate Women?, here reviewed by the New Statesman.
Slate wants to know “how will [the] Prosperity Gospel ride out the hard economic times?”
Prosperity’s slap-happy belief system evolved from a spiritual imperative to accumulate wealth found in the end-times view known as postmillennialism. It holds that God promises 1,000 years of Christian dominion will precede his return; thus, wealth accumulation is a tool of evangelism, and a materialism arms race is the harbinger of Armageddon (a good thing in the Christian view). Today’s Prosperity movement has shed postmillennialism’s eschatological literal-mindedness, recasting it at times in rosier phraseology, like optimillennialism, best said with Osteen’s aw-shucks smile, but not abandoning the groundwork it laid for the unencumbered pursuit of success.
Read the rest here.
Back in my debating days with atheists, I often used the statement from Encyclopedia Britannica on the influence and impact that the Bible has had on Western Civilization. The other day I put the quote on the Atheism page (near the bottom), or you can download it here.
The blog Notes From Off Center asks the question, dear atheist, why not God?.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews is an interesting site for reading serious book reviews.
Christianity Today offers another review of Robert Wright’s book The Evolution of God.
Yesterday’s New York Times Magazine had a lengthy article entitled Who Can Possibly Govern California?
Recently, I added chapters from two books, Knowing Christ Today by Dallas Willard and The Depression Cure by Stephen S. Ilardi, to the Readings page. Here’s a review of Knowing Christ Today from Christianity Today, and here’s an interview of Stephen Ilardi by Dr. Helen.
Personally, I think that unless Europeans and Americans come to their senses, we are witnessing the end of Western Civilization. Stories like this, don’t offer much hope. Read it and weep, for we have lost our minds.
Washington Monthly reviews the book God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World.
And an interview with Robert Wright, author of the new book The Evolution of God.
David Frum visits France to see how it’s solving its nuclear waste problem.
America gets one-fifth of its power from nuclear power plants. Nuclear is far and away the cheapest and most reliable alternative to carbon-emitting coal. Yet we all know that nuclear energy carries one great big negative: the problem of nuclear waste, the radioactive residue from enriched uranium.
Now, suppose there were a solution to this problem? A solution that reduced the amount and the toxicity of nuclear waste by 80 percent or more? That would be useful, right?
Well guess what—it’s doable. Better yet—it’s done.
This week, I visited a facility in Normandy where France reprocesses the water from France’s 58 (soon to be 59) nuclear reactors, as well as waste from reactors in other European Union countries and Japan.
Used uranium is removed from reactor cores and chemically manipulated to restore its radioactivity. This process creates new fuels—and only small amounts of waste byproducts. The process can be repeated a third time and perhaps a fourth.
Yet in the United States, where reprocessing was invented, used uranium is simply discarded.
Read the full story here.
Dr. Michael Liccione looks at why the arguments for atheism are moral arguments here.
Last year I saw Sandoval playing A ball, where he was hitting around .500. Late in the season he made it up to the Show, and this year he’s hitting .338. Whenever I am out somewhere, and mention the name Pablo Sandoval, people always jump in the conversation to say “I love that guy.” Last night Pablo made an error that cost the Giants the game, but I was just listening to the Giants broadcasters talk about how much Sandoval means to the team, and how a major part of being a “big leaguer” is being able to deal with failure. It’s kinda the same with life, isn’t it?
Newsweek has a list of 50 books you need to read now.
This article pretty much sums up my feelings regarding fireworks.
Tonight I am going, for the third time, to a Stockton Ports (A’s A) game, and I have also attended three San Jose Giants (Giants A) games and one Sacramento River Cats (A’s AAA) game so far this season. I have yet to attend one MLB game. I just love minor league baseball, starting back in the late 80’s when I lived in Las Vegas and attended the AAA franchise there. Tonight’s promotion is Thirsty Thursday, all drinks (i.e. beer!) just 2 bucks. Woo Hoo!
As I note on the main page, last month was a record month for The Divine Conspiracy. There were 1008 unique visitors with 6738 page views. I like to highlight page views because I think it represents a more important site stat. For example, in January someone listed TDC at stumbleupon.com, and although the site had a record number of same day unique visitors, most left after viewing the home page. On the other hand, one visitor might view 100 pages, which means they obviously found the site to their liking. This second type of visitor is the most important, in my opinion.
Jonathan Martin, writing for Politico, offers more insight on the recent Sarah Palin article in Vanity Fair.
Paul Hovey of Denver Seminary reviews Dan Barker’s book Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists. Godless is an expanded version of Barker’s 1992 book Losing Faith in Faith.
The Democrats (and MSM’s) war on science.
The day before the House was to vote on a controversial energy bill destined to be the largest tax hike in American history, it was revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency had suppressed an internal report challenging the entire global warming myth.
Despite the importance of this study, and how it related to a debate about to ensue on the House floor, its existence and suppression went almost completely ignored by America’s media.
This, of course, comes in stark contrast to regular and frequent news reports in previous years accusing the Bush White House of intentionally censoring the science of climate change.
Atheist Chris Mooney wrote a book, The Republican War on Science, back in 2005. In light of the politics Dems are now playing with science, I can hardly wait for Mooney’s new book, The Democrats War on Science to be released soon. Yeah right!