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Secularism Grows as More U.S. Christians Turn ‘Churchless’
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

“We are far from becoming an atheist nation,” he said. “There are tens of millions of active believers in America today. But the wall between the churched and the churchless is growing higher and more impenetr ...

Atheist TV: Coming Soon to a Television Near You
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Speaking at a gathering of local ath ...

Behind the Numbers: Religious 'Nones' May Not Be Who You Think They Are
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

In recent surveys, the religious “nones” — as in, “none of the above” — appear to lead in the faith marketplace. In fact, “none” could soon be the dominant label U.S. adults pick when asked to describe their r ...

Oprah Interview Stirs Debate: What is an Atheist?
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

What was supposed to be a touchy-feely, one-on-one interview by Oprah Winfrey with long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad has morphed into a broader, sometimes angry exchange about what it means to be an atheist. ...

Hispanics Increasingly Identify as 'Nones'
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

The number of Hispanic-Americans who say they adhere to no religion is growing and now rivals the number of Hispanic evangelicals, a new study has found. The number of Hispanic-Am ...

Skeptics Wonder if Ex-Clergy Should Lead Atheist Movements
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

By definition, skeptics are pretty skeptical. They question what they see as unfounded claims or dubious motivations, whatever the source. Now, they are questioning some of their own leaders. ...

Minister-Turned-Atheist Loses Harvard Job After Inflating Resume
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

A former United Methodist minister-turned-atheist was dismissed from her high-profile position at Harvard University on Thursday after it was revealed she falsified her resume. A ...

Feds Offer Atheists a Clergy Tax Break That They Don’t Want
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

The federal government wants to give Annie Laurie Gaylor a tax break for leading the Freedom from Religion Foundation. But Gaylor, an outspoken atheist from Madison, Wisc., wants to stop them — and she’s askin ...

Are Atheists Smarter Than Believers? Not Exactly.
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

A new study of almost a century’s worth of data shows that the smarter you are, the less likely you are to believe in God. A new study of almost a century’s worth of data shows th ...

Camp Quest Provides Summer Fun for Atheist Kids
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

Beneath the shade of a pavilion, a group of children discuss the difference between atheism and agnosticism. Beneath the shade of a pavilion, a group of children discuss the diffe ...

Is the Growth of the Nonreligious Good or Bad? Americans are Divided
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Nearly half of all Americans — 48 percent — say the growing number of nonreligious people is “bad for society,” according to a poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. ...

Home Schooling Without God? Humanists Find a Way
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

When KellyAnne Kitchin began home schooling her three sons three years ago, she had difficulty finding curriculum programs that fit her atheist and humanist beliefs. When KellyAnn ...

Christianity for Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 5:54am | Type: Blog

There are lots of biases and assumptions about Christians out there, many of which are founded in real-life experience. ... But sometimes, if we’re being honest, they’re just wrong. And stupid. ...

Atheists to Unveil First Monument to Unbelief on Public Land
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

After years of fights over religious monuments on public land, a county courthouse in Northern Florida will soon be the home of the nation’s first monument to atheism on public property. ...

Does Pope Francis Endorse Heresy? No, But He Does Raise Questions
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Is Pope Francis endorsing heresy? It might look that way from the eye-catching headlines this week that made it appear everyone was bound for heaven — “even atheists!” — thanks to Jesus’ death on the cross. ...

Humanists Find Ways to Say ‘I Do’ Without God
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

Amanda Holowaty didn’t need God to get married. She just needed her husband Mike. Amanda Holowaty didn’t need God to get married. She just needed her husband Mike. When the ...

Atheists Postpone Protests After Bangladeshi Disaster
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

Several atheist protests planned for Thursday outside Bangladeshi embassies and consulates were postponed in the wake of Wednesday’s building collapse that killed at least 244 people in that country’s capital, ...

Atheists Find a Sunday-Morning Connection with Other Nonbelievers
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Sunday mornings at Houston Oasis may look and feel of a church, but there’s no cross, Bible, hymnal, or stained glass depictions of Jesus. There’s also nary a trace of doctrine, dogma, or theology. ...

A Year After Losing Faith, Atheist Pastor Finds a New Calling
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

This Easter, Teresa MacBain will mark an anniversary that’s uncommon for an ordained minister — her first year as an atheist. This Easter, Teresa MacBain will mark an anniversar ...

Waiting for God in the Dark Night of the Soul: On Peter Rollins' Atheism for Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

I love Peter Rollins' honesty about his dark night of the soul. He's popularized a term for the intellectual position accompanying the dark night of the soul: a/theism. I interpret Peter's thoug ...

What, Exactly, Is a 'Fatheist'?
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

As the assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard University, Chris Stedman coordinates its “Values in Action” program. In his recent book, “Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious,” he te ...

Arizona Democrat to Replace Defeated Pete Stark as Sole Atheist in Congress
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 9:13pm | Type: Blog

Rep. Pete Stark, (D-Calif.), the only openly atheist member of Congress, lost his race for another term on Tuesday. Rep. Pete Stark, (D-Calif.), the only openly atheist member of ...

Mass. Supreme Court to Hear Case Against ‘Under God’
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a non-religious family that's challenging the mandatory daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in their children’s classro ...

Meet the Nones: A General Profile of the Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Whether you believe the proliferation of Mr. Nones is a depressing or hopeful trend, it pays to get to know him. Who is John Q. Nones? Here's a snapshot drawn from the Pew Forum’s new poll. ...

Professor to Atheists: 'Stop Whining'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

Jacques Berlinerblau wastes no ink in his new book trying to flatter his fellow nonbelievers. "American atheist movements, though fancying themselves a lion, are more like the gimpy little zebra crossing ...

How a Mormon Scholar Went From Doubter to Believer
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

As an 11-year-old boy, Don Bradley went looking for gold plates. After all, Mormon founder Joseph Smith said he was directed to a set of such plates, buried in a hill near his house in upstate New York. ...

Atheists Find a New Venue for the Godless: On Film
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 8:42am | Type: Blog

There were no red carpets, no paparazzi, no celebrities, and definitely no God at the recent annual Atheist Film Festival. SAN FRANCISCO — There were no red carpets, no paparazzi, ...

Poll: Most Americans Would Vote for an Atheist Presidential Candidate
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 6:59am | Type: Blog

For the second time in less than a year, the Gallup poll reports that a majority of Americans would vote for an atheist for president. For the second time in less than a year, the ...

The Free Ticket: Traveling With An Atheist to the 2012 Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Traveling with an outsider—either by choice, or not—has a way of not letting you ever get too comfortable on the inside. Chris Stedman is sprawled across an aisle seat of a Southw ...

Global Belief Survey Compares Faith of Nations
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

The United States at #5 on the list of the most faithful, with more than 60 percent of those surveyed claiming they know God exists and have no doubts about it. Nations ahead of the U.S. in faithfulness were t ...

Nonbelievers to Rally for Unbelief in Washington
Originally Posted: 03/20/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Thousands of atheists and nonbelievers will gather this Saturday (March 24) on the National Mall in Washington for the "Reason Rally," a daylong event featuring speakers, music and comedy to promote secular values. The goal of the event is ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 12, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Nuclear ‘Implementation Study’ President Obama and his advisers are in the middle of a once-in-a-decade study of the nuclear arsenal and nuclear war plans. For strategic and budgetary reasons, they need to further reduce th ...

Renown Atheist Richard Dawkins Isn't Entirely Sure God Doesn't Exist
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

LONDON — A controversial Oxford University professor billed by many as the world's "most famous atheist" now says he is not 100 percent sure that God doesn't exist — but just barely. In a 1 ...

For Atheists of Color, ‘Coming Out’ Can Be Painful
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

They are calling on atheists of all colors to make the fourth Sunday in February -- Black History Month -- a "Day of Solidarity with Black Nonbelievers." As a child, Ali ...

The Friday News: Dec. 9, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

The Friday News: Dec. 9, 2011 RNS: Hanukkah Music: Young, Hip Jews Leading a Makeover A year after a group of Yeshiva University students hit it big with what some called th ...

Two Thumbs Up for Ebert and "Life Itself"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"The conditions of my life are precarious," film critic Roger Ebert wrote last week in a posting on his online journal titled, "Fall from Grace." Ebert, 69, perhaps the pre-eminent film cr ...

Burning Anger and Small-Minded Men
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"It is not that we burn the Koran with some type of vindictive motive," <a href="http://foxvzw-news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?aid=42386587&amp;afid=1&amp;pg1=2501" targe ...

A Message of Gratitude
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On New Year's Day I sat and reflected on the past year. On New Year's Day I sat and reflected on the past year. The feeling that rushed through me was gratitude -- of co ...

Americans Deeply Ignorant About Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"The person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation was Martin Luther, Thomas Aquinas or John Wesley?" Less than half (46 percent) of Americans know the answer is Luther, and ...

Free Speech vs. Fundamentalist Islam?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A few days back, small groups of college students at <a href="http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/campus/shift-chalks-depictions-of-muhammad-1.2263827">Northwestern</a>,<a href="http ...

Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an evangelical college, a place where the students were serious young Christians. In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an ...

God is Big Enough to Take Our Doubt and Anger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"To believe is human, to doubt divine."</p> "To believe is human, to doubt divine." Those words are central to the self-described "incendiary th ...

The Darkness of Easy Hate and the Light of Easter's Love
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598909340_QiDdc"></a>Hate is easy and the domain of the lazy. This insight came in the ...

Passover for Non-Jews and 'the Bread of Affliction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In preparing a Passover seder in which many of my guests are first-timers and non-Jews, I am challenged by a number of factors: There is the barrier of language -- some of the texts that we read ar ...

Glenn Beck, Come Drink Some Kool-Aid with Me
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I used to be just like Glenn Beck, only without the multi-million dollar TV show: I used to get attention by angrily, and humorously, attacking politicians. I'm ashamed of how I acted back then. ...

What Would Jesus Do in Palestine?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598941252_ZXPyp"></a>It was 3 a.m. when they came barreling into town -- Israeli jeeps ...

Haiti and the Wedding at Cana
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

My family and I returned from vacation Tuesday to news reports of the devastation in Haiti. My family and I returned from vacation Tuesday to news reports of the devastation in Ha ...

'Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion': Interview with Frank Schaeffer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>In my ongoing quest to find a third way between the extremes espoused by the Religious Right and their secular counterparts, I came across the Frank Schaeffer's latest book </em><em> ...

Making Peace with Sam Harris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community. D ...

Torture and Evangelical Prejudice Toward Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I read <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/01/white-evangelicals-for-torture/">Brian McLaren's post</a> on this blog that caused some intense soul-searching. ...