Shaken over the Shaking of Hands?

A handshake can be a powerful thing. I grew up learning that “a gentleman’s word is his bond” and that my handshake was the guarantee of that word. Handshakes symbolise the beginning or renewal of relationships so the refusal to shake hands can be seen as being anti-relationship and therefore insulting. This week I spent […]

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A Scent of Sense over the Census?

OK, I’ll admit it, half the reason for writing this article is simply to get that headline at the top. But the other half is to make a small contribution into the whole “religion/no-religion in the census” debate currently going on in Australia. Tonight is census night and all over this young and free land […]

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Cosmology and Theism

An excellent post over at Irregular Webcomic, Why do some sensible-seeming folk have beliefs which have no generally accepted scientific basis? In particular, why do some people who generally come across as intelligent and logical go and “spoil” it all by expressing a belief in God? It can be easy to dismiss such beliefs as […]

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How to Properly Deal with “Religious” People

You may have (but probably, and thankfully, haven't) seen the recent tizz in the States over another of the shock-flock pastors (see, I just coined a phrase) Perry Noble. Perry, it seems, thought it would be helpful to play ACDC's “Highway to Hell” [wiki] on Easter Sunday in order to confront those stuffy traditionalists who […]

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Humble Atheism, or anti-religious prejudice?

A fascinating little comment in this recent smh article which contains an edited version of Ian McEwan's acceptance speech for the Jerusalem Prize. Here in the middle of some really helpful comments on the current Israeli policies of enforced purchases and settlement he makes the following statement: To the humble atheist it seems clear enough – […]

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