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July 19, 2010
New in the Kiosk: In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Cornerback (2010) by Dan O'Connell
"One huge problem I have with football (one that certainly crops up elsewhere in our society) is the preponderance of players and coaches who continually invoke the Almighty as a major force in their lives, and in the progress of their careers. Certainly if they're hell-bent, so to speak, on deluding themselves about the nature of the universe and their place in it, that's their own affair. But at the start of the 2009 season, I noticed yet another reminder about the level many football players (and other athletes, to be sure) are willing to take this nonsense to."
July 19, 2010
New in the Bookstore: The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason (2010) by Victor J. Stenger.
In this new book, Victor J. Stenger, whose God: The Failed Hypothesis was on the New York Times bestseller list in 2007, reviews and expands upon the principles of New Atheism and answers many of its critics. He demonstrates in detail that naturalism—the view that all of reality is reducible to matter and nothing else—is sufficient to explain everything we observe in the universe, from the most distant galaxies to the inner workings of the brain that result in the phenomenon of mind.
Amazon "fires" its Colorado affiliates!
Due to a perceived problem regarding the collection and/or reporting of sales taxes for the state of Colorado, Amazon canceled its affiliate relationships with all of its Colorado-based affiliates, including, of course, Internet Infidels and the Secular Web Bookstore. As a consequence, Internet Infidels would no longer receive commissions on book sales through Amazon, commissions which had previously provided a reliable source of much-needed income. We therefore established a new affiliate relationship with Barnes & Noble. Please visit the Secular Web Bookstore and make it your starting point when looking for books related to our mutual interests. (For more about Amazon, see Amazon Reacts ... By Firing Its Colorado Associates.)
July 8, 2010
Given the overwhelming majority people of faith have in holding positions of leadership in this country, we must not fear to ask: what role does the willingness to treat unsubstantiated and even absurd suppositions that haven't a shred of evidence to support them as unassailable facts play in their decision-making process? And what role should it play?