Atheism

Strange

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

Secularism

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 […]

Illusion

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

Philosophy

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

Battling

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

Humanism

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

Learn?

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. […]

Dying?

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.

Fundamentalist

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 […]

Soul

Here’s an excerpt from I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist’s Eyes by Hemant Mehta.

Scientists II

Scientists Should Tell Lawrence Krauss to Shut Up Already by Edward Feser. In a recent opinion piece (linked below) for The New Yorker, physicist Lawrence Krauss proclaims that “all scientists should be militant atheists.” Why? You won’t get any clear […]

Scientists

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 […]

Hitchens

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 […]

Incompatible

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

Community

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?

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

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 […]

Arrogance

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 […]