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Questioning Black Religious Faith

Tiya Miles | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Tiya Miles

It turns out that there is a small but increasingly visible African American discussion about disbelief in God, about the narrow sexual and cultural politics of Black churches, and about major moral problems facing us today that may not be suited to solutions from the pulpit.

O.M.G.

Rumni Saha | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Rumni Saha

Why, when the world is shrinking and even outer space is finally within our reach, is heaven not getting any closer? Why, in this new age of endless possibilities, can't I simply "Bing" Him on?

Atheism Reaffirmed

Kate Byrne | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
Kate Byrne

It is with a slight degree of trepidation, but a greater degree of defiance, that I stand before you in this digital space and come out as an atheist. I choose not to seek comfort in a being that can indiscriminately strike the good with what should only strike the bad.

What Happened When Tony Campolo's Son 'Came Out' As Humanist

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Bart Campolo decided he was no longer a Christian after being injured in a bike accident in 2011. But he waited until last Thanksgiving to break...

So What Exactly Happens At A Sunday Assembly?

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion

The number of so-called “atheist churches” more than doubled this past weekend. On Sept. 28, 35 towns around the world launched new Sunday Ass...

Welp, This Agnostic Gospel Choir Isn't Really Sure About Much

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 10.01.2014 | Comedy

Gospel choirs are known for their impassioned praise and harmonizing, but this one from the folks at UCB Comedy is throwing up its hands for a very di...

Stephen King Has A 'Tendency To Believe In Intelligent Design'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion

For Stephen King, life is too perfect for it to be a random occurrence. The famed horror author said in a HuffPost Live interview Wednesday that h...

Raising Spiritually-Full Children Without a Specific Religion

Megan Davies Mennes | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Megan Davies Mennes

I don't really care what religious beliefs they choose so long as they're thinking about it, questioning it and ascribing to a system of beliefs that honors kindness, empathy and compassion for those around them.

Two Cheers for Robert Ingersoll

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

In my opinion, Ingersoll missed the true currents of religion, of the possibility of an open and liberal spirituality. But he certainly brought a lot to the table. May he be remembered for standing against the powers that be and the demons of cheap faith, and for championing the endless power of not knowing.

Losing My Religion and Getting It Back Again

Thom Nickels | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Thom Nickels

Indifference, I've found, rarely lasts forever. Two years ago when I gave one of my sisters an Icon of the Theotokos for Christmas, she looked at the icon and burst into tears. While I'm not sure what the tears meant, I felt that something within her was beginning to change.

Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Just last month, the Navy Chief of Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap, a highly qualified chaplain candidate who would have been the first Humanist military chaplain.

Is It Necessary To Believe In God To Be Religious?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines 'religious' as a belief in god or a group of gods -- but is this a necessary component of a religious life? ...

Time to Embrace a Military Chaplaincy for All the Troops

Tom Carpenter | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

This inclusive outreach extends to chaplains representing the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities of faith, as well as those of minority beliefs, including Humanists. They, too, are valued members of our country's military and must be embraced fully.

A College Where Atheists Must Worry About Surprise Baptisms

Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion

UPDATE: March 21 -- The president of Freethinkers at Virginia Tech, Josh Clark, has released a statement regarding Linford's comments on the websit...

The Gray Grey of God and The Gays

Amelia Markham | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Amelia Markham

Whether you believe one is to spell 'grey/gray' with an 'e' or 'a' or if it is okay or not okay for a Christian to be in a relationship that is gay... may we all rest assured that this is all a part of learning what it minds to love the Lord with all of our minds, heart and strength.

Atheist, Humanist, Secular: Why Fight Over Labels?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Demanding that people identify only as atheist limits the ability of individuals to truly express not only what they don't believe in, but what they do believe in.

You're Not Agnostic, You're An Atheist

Isaac Saul | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Isaac Saul

One of the most popular phrases I hear amongst my friends these days is, "I'm agnostic." According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, an agnost...

Is it Unethical to Hide Your Nonbelief?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Considering the shared aim among nonbelievers to doggedly pursue the truth regarding humanity, the nature of the universe, and everything in it, there is understandably a high ethical standard for humanists and other nontheists to which they hold themselves.

Jews Without God

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
Isabel Kaplan

My Jewish identity is complex, to be sure, and it defies easy categorization. But I don't think it's contradictory, or problematic.

Why We Need to Talk About God

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The God I believe in brings a richness and depth to life. The God I believe in makes it possible for us to be fully human. To rise from despair to hope; to transform bitterness into love; to move the world as it is a little closer to the world as it ought to be.

Does It Matter That Atheists Are Smarter Than Believers?

Rob Brooks | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

News just in, guaranteed to stir smug nods from non-believers and incite irritation among the devout: intelligence correlates negatively with religious belief.

Confessions of a Christian Skeptic

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Joe Boyd

It may seem a strange thing to say that a kid who grew up in the church, graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and worked as a pastor for a decade didn't know Jesus, but that's the way my story unfolded.

The Existential Weight of Motherhood: 'Will I Die, Mom?'

Kim Siegal | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Kim Siegal

Maybe this is typical of our age. We go through a cycle of some kind of a religious upbringing, then challenge and question it in our youth, come back to it for the sake of our children as young parents and then maybe cling to it more deeply when we're faced with crisis or our own mortality.

In Praise of Secular Church Services (Written by a Former Minister)

Jerry DeWitt | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Jerry DeWitt

I believe that there's nothing wrong with borrowing from -- or adopting -- certain aspects of religious tradition and making them work within a secular context.

5 Pretty Good Reasons To Be An Atheist

Staks Rosch | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Staks Rosch

I know I am not going to convince everyone with this list because god-belief has been indoctrinated into our society for a long time, but here are five things that might cause you to rethink your deeply held faith-based convictions and become an atheist.