Placing Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins has a new book out this week, An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.  Naturally he’s been out talking about it, and commentators have been talking about him. Glancing through this…

Unknown Unknowns

Looking up something about postwar British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, I came across the following gem. Attlee, in old age, is being interviewed by a biographer, Kenneth Harris. Harris: Would you say you are an…

On the fifth day of Christmas . . .

. . . My true love gave to me a book on pop metaphysics. Yes, I read Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist? over the weekend.  It’s light stuff: A journalist ─ though a more-than-usually…

What Is It Like To Be A Theist?

For those who like this kind of thing ─ I confess to a mild and occasional weakness for it myself ─ here is atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel (What Is It Like To Be A Bat, The…

Relentless Ruffians, Fell Attorneys, And . . .

Reading Susan Jacoby’s long grumble about the dearth of women in the “secularist movement” (why does it have to be a movement?) my eye was caught by this: Atheists to this day are constantly accused…

A Little Bit of Heaven

I did publish some reviews and columns during my absence, but probably the only such item that is much of a “fit” for Secular Right was my contribution to a symposium published in the June…

Left Smugness and Vocal Fry

[I apologize for the long hiatus in posting.  I have been preoccupied with other issues.] I’ve been trying to figure out what I found so annoying about this gathering of atheists. A couple of things…

The Islamification of Buffalo

One of the best special-interest bloggers is Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch.  She knows her territory well and comes up with some amazing stories.  The importation of refugees — a high proportion of them…

Loaves and Fishes

[Cross-posted at The Corner] From the November issue of Episcopal Journal, a monthly “produced by and for members of the Episcopal Church in the United States and  abroad.” Front page lead headline, on the Occupy…

If You Don’t Martyr Me, I’ll Kill Ya

At The Corner, our National Review group blog, David French offers a cute thought experiment:  What if present-day Christianity were as addled with terrorist impulses as present-day Islam? It isn’t, of course, but terrorism is…