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.

Messed Up

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 […]


Evangelists Adapt to a New Era, Preaching the Gospel to Skeptics by Samuel G. Freedman. When Craig Ellis was growing up, he picked up the sort of adventure book meant for a boy looking to serve God. The book, “Shadow […]


Garry Wills reviews Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion by Susan Jacoby. Related: Read an excerpt here. Read an adapted essay here.


A Clash of Secularisms? The German Historical Experience by Todd Weir. Claims made in the name of secularism vary greatly. At one extreme, self-described secularists in the United States portray their cause as the beleaguered defense of the separation of […]


Adam Lee reviews The Illusion of God’s Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing by John C. Wathey.


Salon provides an excerpt from What Philosophy Can Do by Gary Gutting.


The NYT reviews Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World by Tim Whitmarsh. Related: You can read an excerpt here.


Humanism, Doubt, and Optimism by Lawrence Krauss, 2015 Humanist of the Year. See here.


Can Atheists Learn Anything from the Religious? by Neil Carter. Fellow atheists give me a hard time because I talk a lot about fostering constructive dialogue between ourselves and people on the other side of the aisle, so to speak. […]


4 Reasons Christianity Isn’t Actually Dying by Haydn Shaw. Reports of churches declining and Nones growing are actually a case of mistaken identity. More.


Bill Maher, Atheist Fundamentalist: Why He Gives Nonbelievers a Bad Name by Patrick Hilsman. I really want to like Bill Maher. He calls out Islamic fundamentalist regimes for their brutal oppression of women, and that is absolutely righteous. When he […]