What's New Archive ● 2007 ● December
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December 27, 2007
New developments and discoveries are noted in this December Update.
December 15, 2007
This is an ironical reading of the popular "Frosty the Snowman" song, looking at the metaphysical and ethical implications of a snow golem bestowed with an instant personality.
December 6, 2007
Added An Illusion of Harmony: Science And Religion in Islam (2007) by Taner Edis to the Secular Web Bookstore.
"Taner Edis makes a compelling case that classical Islamic thought cannot accommodate a modern scientific culture whose basis is experimentation, quantification, and prediction. He exposes the vacuity of faith-based science using a range of examples. But Edis does not rule out an eventual reinterpretation of Muslim theology that will, as in other world religions, eventually allow science and Islam to go their own separate ways."
December 3, 2007
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December 1, 2007
New to Atheism? This month's selection: Naturalism: The Naturalistic Worldview
As defined by philosopher Paul Draper, naturalism is "the hypothesis that the physical world is a 'closed system' in the sense that nothing that is neither a part nor a product of it can affect it." More simply, it is the denial of the existence of supernatural causes. In rejecting the reality of supernatural events, forces, or entities, naturalism is the antithesis of supernaturalism.
Book-of-the-Month: Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion (2007) Dale McGowan
It's hard enough to live a secular life in a religious world. And bringing up children without religious influence can be even more daunting. Despite the difficulties, a large and growing number of parents are choosing to raise their kids without religion. Parenting Beyond Belief is a book for loving and thoughtful parents who wish to raise their children without religion. There are scores of books available for religious parents. Now there's one for the rest of us.