A candle in the dark

There’s an amusing post on Pharyngula where PZ Myers recounts his encounter with Thor. It seemed very familiar but it’s certainly worth sharing because it makes a very good point, which I’ll get to in a minute. It also seems to reference Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark which I haven’t read but I would like to at some point. Here’s the section from the Thor story that is important. Continue reading

How religious is South Africa?

Scarlet A from the Out Campaign (source: Wikimedia Commons)

I was hoping to give some good news for the weekend, good news from my point of view anyway, that the level of religiosity in South Africa was dropping as is currently being reported. Unfortunately the situation is not as clear as the article makes it out to be. Continue reading