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Much Ado About Nones? Growing, Diverse Body Offers Few Easy Answers

David Briggs | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Several studies have indicated religion increases with age, with many returning to more active faith lives as they get married and have children. Contemporary cultural trends of young adults delaying marriage or embracing a single lifestyle may in part account for their lack of affiliation.

What To Do When You're a Pastor of Little Faith

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

Faith isn't something we can simply will to happen with gritty determination and spiritual stubbornness. Faith isn't something we can magically muster when we're feeling particularly "right with God."

HBO's "The Leftovers" -- Theroux, Coon, The Guilty Remnant, Cigarettes and More Lindelof Dream Logic Returns

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 10.01.2015 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

The saying "Be careful what you wish for" has that built-in caveat that should alert viewers of season two of HBO's often dark but seductively captivating drama, The Leftovers, which premieres on October 4.

Where Doubt Is Faith and the Sign Is Spirit. Sarah Charlesworth's Art of Personal Religion

G. Roger Denson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

New York has long been overdo for a Sarah Charlesworth retrospective. Throughout the summer of 2015, the New Museum filled the void with Doubleword a partial-survey of Charlesworth's work curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Margot Norton, a most welcome arrival.

A Year Without God Becomes Life After God

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

What happens when you conclude that there is, at best, no compelling reason to believe in God? In the midst of exploring arguments for and against the existence of God I very early on began asking a question which, in my case, is far more important: What do I do now?

We Are Not so Different: Science and Religion

Marion Leary | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Marion Leary

I am an agnostic scientist who happens to also be fascinated with the world's religions, especially the Abrahamic religions -- Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

How Will Ireland's Marriage Vote Influence the Supremes? Stop. In the Name of Love...

Trevor Martin | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Trevor Martin

Will the Supreme Court be influenced by what has happened in Ireland or will they deflect and bat the ball back to individual states thus avoiding -- or simply delaying -- having to make a firm decision?

Questioning Black Religious Faith

Tiya Miles | Posted 06.07.2015 | 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.


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.