For fun, I'd like to do a little meme this morning which I saw here and here.
Q1. How would you define “atheism”?
Absence of belief in the existence of god(s).
Q2. Was your upbringing religious? If so, what tradition?
This is a tough one, but I'm going to go with Mormon.
Q3. How would you describe “Intelligent Design”, using only one word?
Q4. What scientific endeavour really excites you?
Naturalism, especially observing amphibians in the wild. My little Nico loves Biology. This morning he tore me away from my Internet habit to show me a series of fossil crustaceans -- screenshots he'd taken from his current favorite David Attenborough D.V.D.
Q5. If you could change one thing about the “atheist community”, what would it be and why?
I'd like to see more emphasis on charity and volunteer work. Belief in God makes it easier to say "I have no choice but to donate 10% of my income," but if you know that you have to rely on yourself, you often say "I have to be sure I'm providing for my family's future first, and we'll see what's left..." But we have to make it a priority to think about humanity's future.
Q6. If your child came up to you and said “I’m joining the clergy”, what would be your first response?
What? Whatever happened to becoming a Biologist???
Q7. What’s your favourite theistic argument, and how do you usually refute it?
That atheism is a ("fundamentalist") "religion" which requires just as much "faith" as belief in God. If you have to call atheism a religion in order to discredit it, then religion has already lost. (See It takes a lot of faith to believe that!!!)
Q8. What’s your most “controversial” (as far as general attitudes amongst other atheists goes) viewpoint?
I don't think my views are terribly controversial within the atheist community. However, the one topic that consistently generates controversy and disputes when I post about it is this one.
Q9. Of the “Four Horsemen” (Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and Harris) who is your favourite, and why?
P. Z. Myers. Yeah, I know he's not on the list, but he's my favorite of the scary "new atheists". Of course Dawkins scored some points with me when he performed that hilarious rap video...
Q10. If you could convince just one theistic person to abandon their beliefs, who would it be?
I'm not really interested in deconverting people. I'd just like to encourage critical thinking in general.
Now name three other atheist blogs that you’d like to see take up the Atheist Thirteen gauntlet
I don't feel like tagging anyone. Anyone else who'd like to do this meme (or has done it), please feel free to link to your post in the comments. :D