The Skeptical Optimist: Interview with Michael Shermer by Claire Lehmann. Michael Shermer is the founder of The Skeptics Society, and its associated magazine Skeptic. He is a science writer with a monthly column in Scientific American and the author of […]


Our Search for Meaning and the Dangers of Possession by Lisa Marchiano. “There is no such thing as not worshipping,” wrote novelist David Foster Wallace. “Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.” G. Jung would have […]


Godless Yet Good by Troy Jollimore. There’s something in religious tradition that helps people be ethical. But it isn’t actually their belief in God. More.


How Should Atheism Be Taught? by Isabel Fattal. The endowment of the country’s first college chair for the study of the subject draws attention to the complexity of nonbelief in America today. More.


Our Secular Theodicy by Matthew Rose. I live in Berkeley, one of the most religious cities in America. Its churches are being converted into mosques and Buddhist temples, but its one true faith endures. A popular yard sign states its […]


Why Are Non-Believers Turning to Their Bibles? by Ben Sixsmith. Even in the middle of the atheism boom, Richard Dawkins described himself as a “secular Christian”. To the author of The God Delusion this meant an appreciation of “aesthetic elements” […]


Monuments to Unbelief by Leigh E Schmidt. Atheist museums, Satanic temples and Thomas Paine statues: how secularists push back against religion in the public sphere. More.


Atheists Are Nicer to Christians Than Christians Are to Atheists, Says New Study by Paul Ratner. A new study by psychologists at Ohio University found that atheists are nicer to Christians than the other way around. The study, however, discovered […]


The Non-Religious States of America by Emma Green. New survey data indicates that religiously unaffiliated people in the U.S. are diverse—and in many places, they make up a greater share of the population than any faith group. More.


fAIth by Beth Singler. The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why? More.


Defending Muslims, Critiquing Islam by Phil Zuckerman. The dilemma of a contemporary secular humanist. More.


Five Rational Arguments Why God (Very Probably) Exists by Robert H. Nelson. The question of whether a God exists is heating up in the 21st century. According to a Pew survey, the percentage of Americans having no religious affiliation reached […]

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Science Mike Building a “Christian Science” Liturgy for the Nones by D. Ashley Campbell. “We’re iPhone carrying apes from Mars,” Mike McHargue said to a crowded church auditorium in Denver on a warm September evening. The sweaty crowd laughed, and […]


Study Contends There Are Twice as Many Atheists in America as Polls Show by Philip Perry. The mayor of San Antonio, Ivy Taylor, made headlines recently during a mayoral candidate forum. She was asked about systemic generational poverty in her […]


Douthat’s Wager: Go to Church, Even If You Don’t Believe by Jonathan Malesic. If you are a secular liberal who made your twice-yearly trip to church on Easter Sunday, you took an important step toward improving your life, your political […]


God in the Machine: My Strange Journey into Transhumanism by Meghan O’Gieblyn. After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality […]


How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Libertarian Atheists by Rachel Lu. Libertarians may miss certain cultural nuances that traditionalists are able to see, but the reverse is also true. In this moment of political transition, we should […]


Atheism, the Computer Model by Michael Fitzgerald. Big data meets history to forecast the rise and fall of religion. More.


The Atheists Struggling to Find Therapists in the Bible Belt by Angela Almeida. The rise of faith-based counseling in America’s most Christian regions has brought the clash over religious liberties to the therapist’s couch. More.


How To Laugh At God by Stephen Akey. It’s hard to know exactly what moment we occupy in regard to the New Atheism and its concomitant backlash. Are we in the backlash of the backlash? Or the backlash of the […]