The Health Effects of Leaving Religion by Jon Fortenbury. How a loss of faith can manifest itself in the mind and body. More at Atlantic.


Katharine Jefferts Schori reviews Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich.


Gary Gutting interviews Keith DeRose, a professor of philosophy at Yale University.


Europe after Secularisation: What Future has Christianity on the Continent? by Tomas Halik. In Western Europe, politics and the media are still dominated by the liberal mentality that prevailed among European intellectual elites for most of the nineteenth and twentieth […]


The Crisis in Secular Studies by Jacques Berlinerblau. Talking imprecisely about secularism is now an American rhetorical tradition. Politicians, policy makers, and journalists routinely deploy the term without really knowing—or caring—what it connotes. This is bad for us and for […]


What Atheists Can Actually Offer The Right by Rachel Lu. Some weeks back, Robert Tracinski wrote an essay on “What Atheism Can Offer the Right,” in which he suggested some contributions atheists can make to the political right. Conservatives are […]


Is the Right Good for Atheism? by Robert Tracinski. I recently argued that atheists such as myself can be good for the right by decoupling a political agenda of liberty and constitutionalism from association with any kind of narrower religious […]


The Three Mistakes Atheists Make by Eric H. Yoffie. The God Wars mostly bore me. In my younger days I enjoyed, at least for a while, the intellectual back-and-forth of the God debates. For me, these exchanges had a game-like […]


It Turns Out Colleges Aren’t Actually Atheist Factories by Emma Green. It’s a classic scene from Philosophy 101: A group of scared teenagers arrive for the first lecture, all carrying their used copies of Nietzsche. An inevitably male, white professor, […]


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


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 […]


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


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 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 […]


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


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 […]


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 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 […]


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.


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 […]