Sunday, October 01, 2006

Carnival of the Godless 50

Dear Reader, welcome to Salto sobrius and the 50th Carnival of the Godless! Salto is a blog about archaeology and skepticism and stuff, kept by a Swedish archaeologist. The Carnival collects good godless blog writing every second week.

There is currently another carnival going on here as well, the 44th Skeptics’ Circle, and that’s where you’ll find skeptical writings about non-religious issues. But if, for instance, you feel your faith in Amaterasu the Sun Goddess beginning to fail, then this is the carnival for you. It's actually for you even if that belief is getting stronger every day. Dawkins knows you need it.

I'm a board member and journal editor for the Swedish Skeptic Society, and we quite often run into the demarcation line between these two blog carnivals: mundane skepticism vs. the sacrilegious variety. Non-profit organisations in Sweden by tradition avoid political and religious affiliations (unless they're political parties or gatherings of the faithful, that is). So does our association, even though the members tend to be atheists and agnostics. When someone sends us a gods-bashing piece for the journal, we regretfully have to direct them to the Swedish Secular Humanist Society. But blogging imposes no such restraints. Mwahaha.

We've got two main sections this time: one on general godless issues and one on creationism, that is, the belief that ancient creation myths are historical truth. Hold on tight to your prayer rugs and joss sticks, folks -- here we go.
  • Hwaet! Akusai at Action Skeptics skewers an unsubtle creationist re-telling of the Beowulf poem.
  • Stuart at Daily Irreverence encourages evolution-doubters to go all the way and start doubting all science. Really, folks: is it reasonable to believe that airplanes fly and cars move without the aid of horses? And he follows up with an entry on the relationship between revealed belief and scientifically tested truth.
  • Jim Benton explores the logical ramifications of a belief in divine creation.
  • Shalini at Scientia Natura re-refutes the old creationist argument that evolutionists reject the notion of an all-powerful God because they want to escape the responsibilities for their actions. (Of course not. To achieve that end, evolutionists drink six-packs.)
  • Zeno the maths teacher at Halfway There offers a long strait-shootin' refutation of an essay by James Doggone Melton of the Bible Baptist Church in Sharon, Tennessee. Yee-haw! And then he done kick sand in the face of y'all's favoritest B.C. faith-based cartoonis', Johnny Hart.
  • Mark at Good Math, Bad Math re-bunks (that is, de-de-bunks) evolutionary algorithms.
Amen to that! This has been the 50th Carnival of the Godless. The next one is due up at the Greenbelt on 15 October. Until then -- if the Witnesses knock, take half a day off from work, serve them tea and cookies and make them read this.

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Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Lovely carnival! Lots of nice posts to spend my Sunday morning reading ... thanks!

01 October, 2006 13:33  
Blogger neuralgourmet said...

Great carnival! I just want to point out that's actually varkam's post at Neural Gourmet you linked to. We're a group blog.

02 October, 2006 08:03  
Blogger Martin said...

Oops, thanks for pointing that out. I've fixed it now.

02 October, 2006 21:22  

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