The Changing Nature of America’s Irreligious Explained by Richard Flory. A recent survey of the religious profile of the 115th Congress revealed that despite the increase in the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation, members of Congress are […]
Religiously Serious, Thoughtfully Secular by Randy Boyagoda. I had a student’s complete attention. This is a rare prize for a professor, never mind for a dean standing at center court. I had been invited to the varsity field house to […]
PD reviews The Catholic Enlightenment: The Forgotten History of a Global Movement by Ulrich L. Lehner.
Building Secularity via Religious Revival and The “Patrimonialization” of Religion by Geneviève Zubrzycki. While crude secularization theories predicting the end of religion have, in response to strong criticism, been refined to be less ideologically driven, more empirically accurate, and theoretically […]
CT reviews Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation by Leigh Eric Schmidt.
Emma Green interviews Leigh Eric Schmidt, author of the new book, Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation. You can read an excerpt here. (pdf)
Is It Possible to Measure Supernatural or Paranormal Phenomena? by Michael Shermer. The history of science has beheld the steady replacement of the paranormal and the supernatural with the normal and the natural. Weather events once attributed to the supernatural […]
Why America’s ‘Nones’ Left Religion Behind by Michael Lipka. Perhaps the most striking trend in American religion in recent years has been the growing percentage of adults who do not identify with a religious group. And the vast majority of […]
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s #Rationalia: A World Where Evidence is God? by Jessica Xiao. I won’t attempt eloquence at this. Many people, like National Review correspondents Jonah Goldberg or Kevin D. Williamson, have eloquently criticized famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ill-conceived […]
Undercover Atheists by Batya Ungar-Sargon. Seduced by science and rationalism, yet tied to their families and communities, Hasidic atheists opt for a double life. More.
American Secular by Sam Haselby. The founding moment of the United States brought a society newly freed from religion. What went wrong? More.
Rise of the Party of Nones by Becky Garrison. With the rise of the nones, one wonders how many Americans actually want any political party to be fueled by a godly fire. More.
How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Life by Nicole Cliffe. I had no untapped, unanswered yearnings. All was well in the state of Denmark. And then it wasn’t. More.
Loving the Enemy: Christianity and the Enlightenment by Dominic Erdozain. Faith and doubt were not foreign bodies in the Enlightenment: they were beleaguered co-workers. More.
Why Spinoza Still Matters by Steven Nadler. At a time of religious zealotry, Spinoza’s fearless defense of intellectual freedom is more timely than ever. More.
How Will Young People Choose Their Religion? by Emma Green. In the United States, fewer young Americans identify as religious or attend regular services than members of any other living generation. People in their 20s and early 30s account for […]
The World’s Newest Major Religion: No Religion by Gabe Bullard. As secularism grows, atheists and agnostics are trying to expand and diversify their ranks. More.
Europe, Islam and Radical Secularism by George Friedman. In traveling to Europe this week, I am going to a place that is experiencing both an influx of Muslim refugees at the same time that it is experiencing terrorist acts by […]
Jack Miles reviews Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion by Susan Jacoby.
Science Is a Good Substitute for God by Ronald Bailey. Religious believers tend to be happier than non-religious folk, according to a long line of psychological research. Scientists have suggested several possible explanations for this phenomenon, including the ideas that […]