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A man who says, ‘If God is dead, nothing matters,’ is a spoilt child who has never looked at his fellow man with compassion.

Victor Stenger (29 January 1935 – 27 August 2014), God: The Failed Hypothesis (2007)

Victor Stenger


Informal infographic depicting evolution 

Dork Tower : “Asking for it

Pascal’s Wager fail, Could Be Worse

h/t WEIT

As I understand it, the claim is that the less you use homeopathy, the better it works. Sounds plausible to me.

David Deutsch, “Homeopathy

David Deutsch

You show me one step forward in the name of religion and I’ll show you a hundred retrogressions.

Frank Sinatra, interview, Playboy, February 1963

Playboy, February 1963

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The dehumanizing idea that illness is connected to sin is a common feature of religious thinking about disease and sickness in general. Periods of crisis, like this one, may empower religious leaders to speak openly about the way that their traditions understand disease, but these explanations are not the product only of such exceptional moments of crisis. They are, rather, deep, long-lived, and fundamental aspects of how religious communities think about the sick among them. Both the leaders who present Ebola and other crises as divine punishment and the commentators who attribute this perspective to human nature under stress — and thereby excuse it — are participating in the perpetuation of a dangerous and destructive mode of thinking.

Joel Baden (professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School) and Candida Moss (professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame), “Ebola Is Not God’s Wrath”, Slate

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