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“There is no god!” – a Reminder

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is still classic. 10,000 people chanting “there in no god!” is something pretty neat when you’re used to seeing so many church (and perhaps megachurch) congregations banging on about God. Here is the original: I interviewed Frank Turner some years back, and it’s available here.

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A Random Post about Lyrics

Reading Time: 2 minutes I love music. I have a pretty sizeable music collection. My student loans were spent largely on music. I have seen a shed load of bands. So with that in mind, and given the amount of music I have listened to, I write this post. I have a new favourite album, at the moment: Gogol Bordello’s Trans-Continental […]

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Debunking the Nativity: Boney M

Reading Time: 6 minutes I have recently been running a series debunking the historical claims within the Bible (specifically the Gospels of Matthew and Luke) to show them as wanting, running alongside my book The Nativity: A Critical Examination. Well, since I’m such a Christmas curmudgeon and general miserable bastard, I am going to pick a twee Christmas classic, and […]

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Classical, Romantic and Bombastic

Reading Time: 3 minutes And now for something completely different. It is about music…specifically religious music. Many composers have written sacred music to accompany a Requiem Mass…a Mass for the Dead. They have written Requiems for hundreds of years, encompassing the full range of musical composition styles, from Renaissance to contemporary and everything in between. Three that stand out […]

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Who Would Jesus Bomb?

Reading Time: 2 minutes   As I mentioned in my previous post, my friend Gareth Howells of the local band Bemis has a very talented 15-year-old son, Louis, who ended the book launch evening for Filling the Void: A Selection of Atheist and Humanist Poetry at the Book Shop in Lee-on-the-Solent with a wonderful version of David Rovics’ song Who Would Jesus […]

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Tim Minchin Appreciation Corner

Reading Time: < 1 minute Tim Minchin is great, of that there is little doubt. Cerebral comedy drawn together with great musicianship. The classic assault on pseudoscience that almost everyone reading this has already seen: On miracles and prayer – brilliant, there is this gem, with some cracking lyrics, including: Now I understand how prayer can work: A particular prayer in […]