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Jim Downard

Jim Downard

Jim Downard is a Spokane native (with a sojourn in Southern California back in the early 1960s) who was raised in a secular family, so says had no personal faith to lose.

He’s always been a history and science buff (getting a bachelor’s in the former area at what was then Eastern Washington University in the early 1970s).

The Cosby Affair, nothing about this brings smiles

New York Magazine’s cover article with its compelling photo of 35 of Bill Cosby’s “date rate” victims and a 36th empty chair for all those who have not been identified (or brave enough to speak out about it openly) puts into grim visual focus the magnitude of the moral crash that has permanently eclipsed the Cos’s career and accomplishment.

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Ask an Atheist: How do you explain the precision of creation?

Those who want to invoke intention in physical processes are free to do so, but should not think that their "explanation" actually explains anything. If no universe has ever (or can ever) exist where gravity has some other value or properties than what it has, then fretting over intention there is no more helpful than asking why the designer would have made water molecules so they can form into icebergs that can sink Titanics.

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Ask an Atheist: Religion in the Workplace

More generally, since Christianity at least is at heart an evangelical "share the Good News to all" religion, that a believer feels obligated to do exactly that has never been a problem for me, nor do I take offense to it.

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The Charleston tragedy compounded by breast-beating

Everyone with a sympathetic heart and clearly functioning brain weeps to think of the violent racist thug who decided what his city really needed was a race war sparked by gunning down innocent worshippers at a black church steeped in the travails of the Civil Rights movement

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