Preaching Against Skepticism by Steven Novella. I strive to have a fairly nuanced approach to religion in this blog and my other skeptical outreach. In brief, I think that faith is a personal choice that needs to be kept outside […]
Alasdair Craig reviews The Age of Nothing: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God by Peter Watson, and Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton.
The Strange Tension between Theology and Science by Michael Gerson, The problem comes when materialism, claiming the authority of science, denies the possibility of all other types of knowledge — reducing human beings to a bag of chemicals and all […]
Godless Church Services for Atheists Go Global by Nico Hines. Congregations for atheists are springing up all over the planet. There’s already a schism: celebrate life without a deity, or preach atheism. The celebration is winning. More.
Theist Edward Feser and atheist Keith Parsons continue their exchange here.
Slate provides an excerpt from The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe by Dan Falk.
The Return of God: Atheism’s Crisis of Faith by Theo Hobson. Like any movement or religion, atheism has ambitions. Over the years it has grown and developed until it has become about far more than just not believing in God: […]
Visions of the Impossible by Jeffrey J. Kripal. How ‘fantastic’ stories unlock the nature of consciousness. More here.
An Atheist’s Case For Religious Liberty by Robert Tracinski. I am an atheist, which puts me firmly on the secular right. There aren’t a whole lot of us, but we’re out here, in some surprising places. Yet I consider the […]
The Secular Outpost provides links for the exchange between Christian philosopher Edward Feser and atheist philosopher Keith Parsons here.
Shifts Along the American Religious-Secular Spectrum by Ariela Keysar. This paper examines three dimensions of American religion–belonging, behavior and belief–by creating a single, unified scale of religiosity and testing it with the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) and the General […]
An Unbelieving Age by Terry Eagleton. Friedrich Nietzsche has a strong claim to being the first real atheist. Of course there had been unbelievers in abundance before him, but it is Nietzsche above all who confronts the terrifying, exhilarating consequences […]
What Happened to Religion in America? The I’s Have It by Jim Hinch. A Southern California synagogue dedicated to the idea that there is no God exemplifies America’s recent turn toward secularism. Is that a good thing? More.
John Gray reviews The Age of Nothing: How We Sought to Live Since the Death of God by Peter Watson, and Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton.
Molly Worthen reviews The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief by George M. Marsden.
The Intellectual Snobbery of Conspicuous Atheism by Emma Green. Atheism is intellectually fashionable. In the past month, The New York Times has run several stories about lack of faith in its series on religion. The New Yorker ran an article […]
How to Live in a (Supposedly) Secular Age by Peter Berger. The relation between modernity and faith is often perceived and presented as an epic struggle. But it’s actually not that difficult to be a modern person and hold on […]
Our Secular Future by R. R. Reno. Americans are rightly proud of our tradition of religious liberty. The founders recognized that religious convictions cut very deeply into the soul, making people capable of great sacrifices—and often stimulating bitter conflicts and […]
Why Hollywood Thinks Atheism Is Bad for Business by Lawrence Krauss. After Matthew McConaughey took the stage to accept his Best Actor award at the Oscars on Sunday, he began his acceptance speech by thanking God, praising the deity for […]