James Still is past president of the Internet Infidels, the nonprofit organization that maintains the Secular Web. He has been an active Infidel since 1996 serving also as secretary and newsletter editor. While an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Still wrote an analysis of William Lane Craig's kalam cosmological argument for the existence of God which was included in the Naturalism, Theism, and the Scientific Enterprise conference at the University of Texas at Austin on February 20-23, 1997. While he is a software developer by day, he often burns the midnight oil by reading philosophy and writing articles for publication on the Secular Web.
First-hand report of the 1999 Society of Humanist Philosophers conference held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
If the message boards are not yet crawling with the news they soon will be: U.S. Vice President and Presidential candidate Al Gore admitted that he was a born-again Christian. During a 60 Minutes interview, broadcast on Dec. 5, he also attacked nonbelievers--or what Gore referred to as the "anti-religious view"-- calling them "arrogant" and "intimidating . . . making people who do believe in God feel like they're being put down and I don't like that. I've never liked that."
Last night (June 26, 2000) on ABC, Peter Jennings hosted a two-hour special entitled "The Search for Jesus". Jennings' reporting is important because most Americans, ironically, are barely literate when it comes to the historical Jesus in particular and the New Testament texts in general.
In protest against the recent Supreme Court decision against Santa Fe High School, Christian organizers at the school called for a "spontaneous prayer" to begin immediately after the school band played the national anthem. The plan fizzled and few participated in the prayer. Still gives two reason why he thinks it failed.
We tumble into the world without purpose and when we leave it we are gone forever. But I still believe that, rightly examined and understood, we can experience eternal life.
Our opponents discovered our plot to introduce queer values via Teletubbies, teens stopped listening to our backward-masked Satanic rock music, and Alan Greenspan thwarted our attempt to control the world's money supply. What's an evil atheist to do?
James Still returns after three years to the CRSC Wedge Strategy to assess how things stand.
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