I jumped aboard the blogging bandwagon–via Blogger–in March 2005. It was a sad time for Australia, chiefly because the Howard Government had only a few months earlier been elected for a fourth term, and in those early days the content of Five Public Opinions was far more heavily weighted in the direction of politics than either philosophy or slave morality. Back then that was exactly the direction in which I anticipated my blogging would take, and I hoped that my writing–though it would admittedly be coming from a “left perspective”–would be “tempered with a good deal of critical thinking and self-reflexiveness.” Hmm. But in the light of recent events, I also find what I wrote here interesting.
Suffice it to say: while I have always been an atheist, Five Public Opinions has not always been an atheist blog, if you take my meaning. It evolved in this direction out of a growing interest in the hybridisation of religion and politics both in Australia and in the US, and the ramifications of this hybridisation for science and education (e.g. the ID debate) as well as liberal democracy (e.g. discrimination against non-heterosexuals and same-sex couples). In the course of many fruitful (and even some fruitless) online exchanges I have come to identify myself as an agnostic atheist–the kind of atheist that Richard Dawkins would term a “Level 6.” I am yet to be convinced that a move further along the scale towards “Level 7” is warranted.