Religion

The Curve Who Became a Witch: The Mathematics of Maria Agnesi (Women In Science 18)

The Curve Who Became a Witch: The Mathematics of Maria Agnesi (Women In Science 18)

If any century would have favorably understood the manic blend of child shaming and twisted pride that is the typical Toddlers and Tiaras pageant parent, it was the Eighteenth. Child prodigies were in, and if you were aching to claw your way into the ranks of the minor nobility, your precocious son or daughter was your meal ticket. Some decades before Leopold Mozart dragged young Wolfgang to any p... »

Quillied Dandelion

Quilling: Infused with Sexism and Religiosity

Quilling is a paper craft or art form that uses strips of paper to create shapes, create images, fill in areas, and create decoration.  Generally the shapes are rolled around something small (like a toothpick) or pill bottle, or woven using something like a comb.  While there are other options, the primary one is a toothpick like tool. When researching the history you will find too many different ... »

Lab Track: Take Me to Church

Lab Track: Take Me to Church

While at first glance the title of this week’s Lab Track might suggest that our readership is the wrong audience for this song, trust me when I say that we’re exactly right. “Take Me To Church” is a soulful, moving track by Irish singer-songwriter Hozier about sex, religion, and defying the confines the latter places on the former. Mother Jones interviewed Hozier about the ... »

Jesus’s Twin Sister, Brains Over Bust, And Serial Killer Lovers: An Indie Comic Round Up!

Jesus’s Twin Sister, Brains Over Bust, And Serial Killer Lovers: An Indie Comic Round Up!

Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) might be the last major comic book convention that is still actually and primarily about comic books, and as such it tends to draw a dizzying array of both major and underground talent.  Geoff Schaeffer and I have had a booth there the last four years for Frederick the Great, but this year was special for the variety and creativity of the independent comic a... »

Ms. Marvel #2: Heina Dadabhoy and I Talk Islam in Comics, and the Demise of the Spinebreaker.

Ms. Marvel #2: Heina Dadabhoy and I Talk Islam in Comics, and the Demise of the Spinebreaker.

Yesterday, Marvel released the second issue of Ms. Marvel, a series featuring the trials and tribulations of Kamala Khan, a Muslim of Pakistani background who finds herself suddenly a superhero.  Skepchick’s own Heina Dadabhoy and I had a quite wonderful conversation about it, religion in comics, and the cross-roads of ethnicity, identity, and sexuality, which you can read below if you’... »

How I Lost My Religion Without the Help of Michael Stipe

How I Lost My Religion Without the Help of Michael Stipe

Losing my faith was not only deeply personal but also a complicated untangling of odds and ends beliefs that I’d managed to acquire during my formative years on the buckle of the Bible belt. So, I figured what better way to introduce myself than to consolidate all of those years of slowly peeling off the god bandaid that resulted in oh so much emotional and intellectual turmoil into a list o... »

Help Get ‘Hug an Atheist’ to Film Festivals

Help Get ‘Hug an Atheist’ to Film Festivals

For the past three years, I’ve helped organize the Atheist Film Festival (AFF) in San Francisco. At the 5th Annual AFF this past September, we had the distinct honor of hosting the world premiere of Hug an Atheist, a documentary by Belgian filmmaker Sylvia Broeckx about the everyday lives, loves, and values of atheists in America. It is a heartwarming and honest portrayal of members of the s... »

Jesus-Free Music for a Merry Secular Christmas

Jesus-Free Music for a Merry Secular Christmas

Merry Christmas from your friends at the Lab! What did you get us? Oh, you left it in the car? No worries, we’ll get it later, I’m sure. Well, we got you something extra special. It’s a Spotify playlist filled with 50ish songs that are free of Jesuses, Marys, mangers, drumming boys, angels, frankincense, and donkeys. Unfortunately for the diehard skeptics out there, there is stil... »

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