No Faith in Science by Jerry A. Coyne. A common tactic of those who claim that science and religion are compatible is to argue that science, like religion, rests on faith: faith in the accuracy of what we observe, in […]
Ethical Questions Science Can’t Answer by Massimo Pigliucci. Yes, yes, we’ve covered this territory before. But you might have heard that Sam Harris has reopened the discussion by challenging his critics, luring them out of their hiding places with the […]
Northwest Christian University’s Student Body President Comes Out As Atheist by Kelsey Thalhofer. Eric Fromm has received a lot of hugs on campus lately — at least once a day since he “came out” as an atheist last week in […]
Surprise! Atheist Marriages May Last Longer Than Christian Ones by Valerie Tarico. Do atheists do it better? That is unlikely. Divorce rate differences between theists and nontheists tend to depend on how you slice the demographic pie, and for both […]
A conversation with Francis Spufford, author of Unapologetic. Francis Spufford’s books cover a wide variety of subjects, from polar exploration to his childhood reading to a blend of fiction and nonfiction about Soviet Russia in “Red Plenty,” which Dwight Garner […]
Atheists Aren’t Jerks by Brandon W. Peach. Discussion about beliefs is important, but it needs to come from a place of mutual respect. More at Relevant.
Secular Belief, Religious Belonging by Richard Madsen. A recent Gallup poll found that almost half of China’s people (47 percent) say that they are “convinced atheists”—the highest rate of atheism in the world. However, surveys conducted by Fenggang Yang and […]
Skeptics Wonder If Ex-Clergy Should Lead Atheist Movements by Ken Chitwood. By definition, skeptics are pretty skeptical. They question what they see as unfounded claims or dubious motivations, whatever the source. Now, they are questioning some of their own leaders. […]
The Rising Antiscience by Victor Stenger. New atheism refers to a set of ideas presented in a series of bestselling books that appeared between 2004 and 2007. Today it remains a strong but minority view among atheists. Basically, new atheists […]
The Rationalist Association reviews Religion Without God by Ronald Dworkin.
Facing Stigma, Atheists Seek Political Clout by Adam O’Neal. Not religious but still in need of political representation? Well, there’s a PAC for that. As the number of Americans unaffiliated with any religion grows, different nonbeliever groups are increasing their […]
Atheism Starts Its Megachurch: Is It a Religion Now? by Katie Engelhart. The non-religious Assembly is perhaps the fastest growing church in the world — and it’s coming to a mall near you More at Salon.
Victor Stenger’s Atomic Muddle by M. Anthony Mills. “God is dead,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche in a widely misunderstood epitaph. In the next (rarely quoted) passage Nietzsche continues: “And we killed him — you and I.” If Victor Stenger’s new book […]
Atheism is Maturing, and It Will Leave Richard Dawkins Behind by Martin Robbins. Increasingly, Richard Dawkins’ public output resembles that of a man desperately grasping for attention and relevance in a maturing community. More.
The American Interest provides a lengthy review of How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization by Mary Eberstadt here. (Previous reviews and excerpt linked here.)
McAtheism and the McChurch by David Glass and Graham Veale. In the late 1990s, several commentators noticed a disturbing trend in evangelicalism. Managerial and promotional techniques were rapidly replacing mature preaching and theological depth. Chuck Colson called the result ‘McChurch’ […]
The Adventures of Kirk Cameron, Evangelical Rebel, Part One by Jonathan Ryan. See here. Part 2 here.
Quebec Bans Religion from the Public Square by Margaret Somerville. So, the Quebec government is throwing down the gauntlet, yet again, on freedom of religion, by proposing to ban religious symbols in public spaces and to prevent people working in […]
Robert Johnson interviews Victor J. Stenger. Victor J. Stenger is a particle physicist, philosopher and religious skeptic with over 50 years academic experience. He is the author of 12 books, including the influential rationalist text God: The Failed Hypothesis. How […]