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Agnosticism

How to Answer Your Child's Big Questions

Katherine Ozment | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion
Katherine Ozment

All these years, I've been listening to your questions more closely than you can possibly imagine. They are my questions, too. Like you, I have been asking them all my life.

What is Salvation?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Salvation. noun. In the West, rescuing few. In the East, rescuing all. Any religion that assigns to humans one lifetime and also insists that bel...

What Is Original Sin?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Original Sin. noun. An inborn guilt-worthy moral limp--in other words, a contradiction in terms. Any fetus may acquire DNA that will eventually hob...

Atheist vs. Agnostic: Why The Difference Matters. A 2nd Dialogue

Ted Cadsby | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

The agnostic (AG), while sympathetic to the atheist's arguments, still wants to accommodate other belief systems and confronts the atheist (Ath) for attacking religion. The atheist attempts to respond to the challenge.

Is Agnosticism Just Timid Atheism? A Dialogue

Ted Cadsby | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

The agnostic wants more evidence and is therefore unsure; the atheist insists there is ample evidence and is therefore certain.

Are We Talking Less About Religion, or Are Researchers Just Tone Deaf?

Elizabeth Drescher | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion
Elizabeth Drescher

If you didn't catch a report from the Pew Research Center last month on what seems to be an important new trend in American religion, feel free to forgive yourself. We're not talking about it. We're not even arguing about it anymore.

What Does the Pope See In His Dreams?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

A story is circulating that in a recent dream the Pope saw original scripture writers in the act, and this might enlighten us.

Why Doesn't Religion Need Politics?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Political religion has much to lament. Politics interlaced with religious fervor, or religion intertwined with political fervor, invented many techniques for political oppression. The government of gods has been tried and has failed.

What It's Like to Be Agnostic in a Group of Religious Friends

FlockU | Posted 03.30.2016 | Religion
FlockU

While a lot of millennials are leaning away from organized religion and identifying as agnostic, there are still a lot out there sticking with what our families taught us.

What Is Mysticism?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Mysticism. noun. A feeling of God's presence -- without media. There are two types of theistic personnel. One is intellectualist and grasps God t...

Certainly I Believe in God, But...

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Certainly revisionists believe in God, but the word 'God' means something very different in the revisionist's mouth.

In Defense of Faith

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Elaine Ambrose

I recently read excerpts from a website authored by a person who mocks those who are religious or spiritual. The writer repeated the familiar condemna...

20 Ways To Think About God

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Humanity as a whole has never ever agreed about Who or What or Whether God is.

Religion vs Science: A Call to a Higher Standard

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

Fully accountable parents must encourage their children to boldly evaluate the inevitable influx of new information with which they will be presented, and prepare them to deal openly with any resulting cognitive dissonance.

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 06.05.2016 | 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 06.02.2016 | Queer 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.

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...