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 […]


No, Astrobiology Has Not Made the Case for God by Lawrence M. Krauss. Recently, the Wall Street Journal published a piece with the surprising title “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God.” At least it was surprising to me, because […]


Religion’s Smart-People Problem: The Shaky Intellectual Foundations of Absolute Faith by John G. Messerly. Religious belief the world over has a strenuous relationship with intellectualism. But why? More at More.


Divine Ingenuity and Divine Hiddenness by John T. Mullen. There has been a great deal written recently in philosophical literature about Divine Hiddenness (DH). Put most simply, DH is the undeniable but potentially troubling fact that the public evidence we […]


Are Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher Responsible for the Rise of the ‘Nones’? by Chris Stedman. The number of American “nones”—people who don’t claim a religious affiliation—has grown significantly in recent years. Why? Salon recently published an excerpt of sociologist […]


I Get It – You’re an Atheist. You Should Still Capitalize “God” by Richard (R.J.) Eskow. In a world wracked by war, climate change and economic inequality, this may seem a trivial point. In fact, it almost certainly is. And […]


Neil deGrasse Tyson: Troll of the Year by Carl M. Cannon. The “War on Christmas” was muted this year, perhaps because so much actual armed conflict is happening around the world, but there were a few skirmishes. Under the heading […]


The Rise of the “Nones” by Phil Zuckerman. Scott Renfro headed off to Iraq a Bible-believing Christian. Raised as a good Southern Baptist in eastern Texas, the son of a county sheriff and a school librarian, he rested deeply in […]


The Origins of Aggressive Atheism by Emma Green. Non-believers are often marginalized in the U.S., which has led to a lot of resentment among their ranks. But don’t be deceived: For most Americans, lack of religion usually comes with a […]


How a French Atheist Becomes a Theologian by Guillaume Bignon. If French atheists rarely become evangelical Christians, how much rarer it is for one to become an evangelical Christian theologian. So what happened? One might argue that with 66 million […]


Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion? by Vlad Chituc. On April 8, 1966, Time magazine’s now-iconic front cover asked in stark red font over a simple black background, “Is God Dead?” Though reactions focused more on the cover than the […]