Freethinkers, Reason, and Religion by Michael W. Austin. Fellow PT blogger Marty Nemko’s recent post, “Are you a freethinker?” reminded me of the following tweet that showed up in my timeline a while back: “As soon as someone tells me–straight-faced–they […]
The Economist: Cracks in the Atheist Edifice The coastal city of Wenzhou is sometimes called China’s Jerusalem. Ringed by mountains and far from the capital, Beijing, it has long been a haven for a religion that China’s Communist leaders view […]
eSkeptic reviews Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris. Related: You can read an excerpt here.
Atheists in Foxholes: The Military Chaplaincy’s Humanist Problem by Ronit Y. Stahl. Do American military chaplains need to believe in God? Or, as the Navy Times once asked, “Who supports the atheists in the military?” These questions attracted renewed attention […]
A New Kinder, Gentler Atheism by David Skeel. Searching for the meaning and consolation offered by religion—but without bringing God into it. More.
Irrational Atheism by Crispin Sartwell. Religious beliefs are remarkably various. But sometimes it can seem that there is only one way to be an atheist: asserting, on the basis of reasoned argument, that belief in God is irrational. The aging […]
Thomas Aquinas’s Proof of God by Robert Barron. One of the unintended but happy consequences of the emergence of the new atheism is a renewed interest in the classical arguments for God’s existence. Eager to defend the faith that is […]
Atheists Show Their Sexist Side by Katha Pollitt. Here’s a great way to make a movement: have your most famous and powerful public figures obsess over Henry Higgins’s famous question, “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” Why […]
The Health Effects of Leaving Religion by Jon Fortenbury. How a loss of faith can manifest itself in the mind and body. More at Atlantic.
Katharine Jefferts Schori reviews Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Gary Gutting interviews Keith DeRose, a professor of philosophy at Yale University.
Europe after Secularisation: What Future has Christianity on the Continent? by Tomas Halik. In Western Europe, politics and the media are still dominated by the liberal mentality that prevailed among European intellectual elites for most of the nineteenth and twentieth […]
The Crisis in Secular Studies by Jacques Berlinerblau. Talking imprecisely about secularism is now an American rhetorical tradition. Politicians, policy makers, and journalists routinely deploy the term without really knowing—or caring—what it connotes. This is bad for us and for […]
What Atheists Can Actually Offer The Right by Rachel Lu. Some weeks back, Robert Tracinski wrote an essay on “What Atheism Can Offer the Right,” in which he suggested some contributions atheists can make to the political right. Conservatives are […]
Is the Right Good for Atheism? by Robert Tracinski. I recently argued that atheists such as myself can be good for the right by decoupling a political agenda of liberty and constitutionalism from association with any kind of narrower religious […]
The Three Mistakes Atheists Make by Eric H. Yoffie. The God Wars mostly bore me. In my younger days I enjoyed, at least for a while, the intellectual back-and-forth of the God debates. For me, these exchanges had a game-like […]
It Turns Out Colleges Aren’t Actually Atheist Factories by Emma Green. It’s a classic scene from Philosophy 101: A group of scared teenagers arrive for the first lecture, all carrying their used copies of Nietzsche. An inevitably male, white professor, […]
The Believers by Stephen T. Asma. Post-9/11, scholars scolded the religious. Now they overintellectualize them. More.
Atheists Hardwired For Faith? Nope by Jeremy E. Sherman. Is God dead? New psychological research counters: Is atheism dead? Studies suggest that even people who claim to be committed atheists tacitly hold religious beliefs, such as in the existence of […]