Atheism

Believers

The Believers by Stephen T. Asma. Post-9/11, scholars scolded the religious. Now they overintellectualize them. More.

Hardwired?

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 […]

Death?

Michael Fitzpatrick reviews Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton.

Nothing

Know Nothing by Michael Robbins. Nick Spencer begins his spirited history of atheism with a fairy tale. Once upon a time, people lived in ignorant superstition, offering sacrifices to monsters in the sky. Then some clever folks used special weapons […]

Welcome

Welcome to the Secular Life by Phil Zuckerman. Religion is a wonderful thing: it provides hope, generates community, promotes charity, offers comfort, and creates a connection to the divine. And yet millions of people today want little or nothing to […]

Frank

RD reviews Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace by Frank Schaeffer.

Guide

Atheists in the Bible Belt: A Survival Guide by Daniel Burke. Raleigh, North Carolina – Back home, they erase their Internet histories, look over their shoulders before cracking jokes and nod politely when co-workers talk about church. But in a […]

Case

The Case for ‘Soft Atheism’ by Gary Gutting. This is the sixth in a series of interviews about religion that I am conducting for The Stone. The interviewee for this installment is Philip Kitcher, a professor of philosophy at Columbia […]

Preaching

Preaching Against Skepticism by Steven Novella. I strive to have a fairly nuanced approach to religion in this blog and my other skeptical outreach. In brief, I think that faith is a personal choice that needs to be kept outside […]

Nothing

Alasdair Craig reviews The Age of Nothing: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God by Peter Watson, and Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton.

Tension

The Strange Tension between Theology and Science by Michael Gerson, The problem comes when materialism, claiming the authority of science, denies the possibility of all other types of knowledge — reducing human beings to a bag of chemicals and all […]

Global

Godless Church Services for Atheists Go Global by Nico Hines. Congregations for atheists are springing up all over the planet. There’s already a schism: celebrate life without a deity, or preach atheism. The celebration is winning. More.

Debate

Theist Edward Feser and atheist Keith Parsons continue their exchange here.

Universe

Slate provides an excerpt from The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe by Dan Falk.

Crisis

The Return of God: Atheism’s Crisis of Faith by Theo Hobson. Like any movement or religion, atheism has ambitions. Over the years it has grown and developed until it has become about far more than just not believing in God: […]

Visions

Visions of the Impossible by Jeffrey J. Kripal. How ‘fantastic’ stories unlock the nature of consciousness. More here.

Liberty

An Atheist’s Case For Religious Liberty by Robert Tracinski. I am an atheist, which puts me firmly on the secular right. There aren’t a whole lot of us, but we’re out here, in some surprising places. Yet I consider the […]

Exchange

The Secular Outpost provides links for the exchange between Christian philosopher Edward Feser and atheist philosopher Keith Parsons here.

Shifts

Shifts Along the American Religious-Secular Spectrum by Ariela Keysar. This paper examines three dimensions of American religion–belonging, behavior and belief–by creating a single, unified scale of religiosity and testing it with the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) and the General […]

Unbelieving Age

An Unbelieving Age by Terry Eagleton. Friedrich Nietzsche has a strong claim to being the first real atheist. Of course there had been unbelievers in abundance before him, but it is Nietzsche above all who confronts the terrifying, exhilarating consequences […]