All Scientists Should Be Militant Atheists by Lawrence M. Krauss. As a physicist, I do a lot of writing and public speaking about the remarkable nature of our cosmos, primarily because I think science is a key part of our […]


Richard Dawkins’ interview with Christopher Hitchens. The 2011 Christmas issue of the New Statesman was guest edited by Richard Dawkins. This is his interview with Christopher Hitchens from that issue. It was to be Hitchens’ final interview; he died as […]


Steven Pinker reviews Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible by Jerry Coyne.


How The ‘Nones’ Can Find A Sense Of Community Outside Of Religion by Antonia Blumberg. The “nones,” or the religiously unaffiliated, are a rapidly growing “faith” group in the United States. They make up roughly 23 percent of the U.S. […]


Why Doesn’t Everyone Believe in God?: The Skeptical Brain May Hold the Answer by Lala Stone. Most Americans who grew up in religious households are still religious. But what about the ones who aren’t? More.


Wanted: A Theology of Atheism by Molly Worthen. One Sunday last month, I walked into an auditorium past greeters and a table loaded with coffee, fruit and cookies. Onstage two young men tuned their guitars. A blank screen hung down, […]

Coming Out

Familial Relationship Outcomes of Coming Out as an Atheist by Kevin Zimmerman, Jesse Smith, Kevin Simonson, and W. Myers. How do families react when a member “comes out” as an atheist? As one of America’s most stigmatized groups, atheists often […]


New Atheism’s Fatal Arrogance: The Glaring Intellectual Laziness of Bill Maher & Richard Dawkins by Sean Illing. For all their eloquence, New Atheists show little interest in understanding how believers really think or feel. More at Salon.

Gets It

An Atheist Who Gets It by Gabrielle D’Virgilio. In the last 10 years the world has had to endure the plague of the “New Atheists.” While not as deadly as those Moses helped visit upon the Egyptians, they are still […]


Why People with No Religion Are Projected to Decline as a Share of the World’s Population by Michael Lipka. For years, the percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religion has been rising, a trend similar to what […]


Why God Is a Moral Issue by Michael Ruse. The New Atheists are not a comfortable group of people. They have scornful contempt for those with whom they differ — that includes religious believers, agnostics and other atheists who don’t […]


Atheists’ Self-Defeating Superiority: Why Joining Forces with Religion Is Best for Non-Believers by Steve Neumann. Prominent atheists like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins judge people of faith. Here’s why it’s a recipe for failure. More at Salon.


What Scares the New Atheists by John Gray. The vocal fervour of today’s missionary atheism conceals a panic that religion is not only refusing to decline – but in fact flourishing. More.


Salon offers a two-part excerpt from Atheism: What Everyone Needs To Know by Michael Ruse. Part 1 Part 2

Case II

Matthew Engelke reviews Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism by Philip Kitcher. Related: Previously an interview with Kitcher about his book was linked here.


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.


Do Secular Family Values Even Exist? by Hans Fiene. Recent assertions in the Los Angeles Times that secular family values result in better-adjusted children than believers rest on three fallacies. More.


Building Better Secularists by David Brooks. Over the past few years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of people who are atheist, agnostic or without religious affiliation. A fifth of all adults and a third of the […]


Egypt’s War on Atheism by Mona Eltahawyjan. It took one session on Jan. 10 for a court in the Nile Delta province of Beheira to sentence Karim al-Banna, a 21-year-old student, to three years in prison for saying on Facebook […]


Why Islam Is More Violent Than Christianity: An Atheist’s Guide by Robert Tracinski. As an atheist, I have no god in this fight, so to speak. I don’t think the differences between religions make one more valid than another. But […]