Why go to church to hear about a zombie or get possessed by a ghost or drink blood? You can do pretty much the same thing down the street at the nearby Halloween party, and it'll be a lot more fun.
Humanists are sometimes criticized for having an adaptable set of values, but I find the ability to evolve one's thinking to be an advantage in the face of our rapidly expanding knowledge of the world. Now it appears that the Catholics are starting to get with the humanist program.
With the conflicting directions in which she may go, Malala Yousafzai represents a microcosm of the problems of the Muslim umma. We may hope that her Islam, and not that of the supposed Islamic State, will prevail.
You've likely heard the old saying, "You can't wake up someone pretending to be asleep." This thoughtful proverb crossed my mind as I read new atheist Ali Rizvi's letter, which I can only assume is addressed you and I.
We are inviting everyone -- not just Ahmadi Muslims and atheists -- to join us and let us build some novel unity between our untrusted, and often marginalized, groups and to take the fight for universal freedom of conscience a step further.
There are indeed a myriad of unique problems within the Muslim world, which is in a deep crisis. Yet, there are also countless Muslim leaders, intellectuals, clerics, philanthropists, and others, facing these problems, and trying to stand-up to illiberal phenomena in their communities and societies.
I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.
Who knew I'd write a book that would help a Jew connect more deeply with his Jewish spirituality? "I heard my rabbi better this year as I fasted and ...
Candidates have to at least feign some religiosity to qualify for prominent political office, despite our Constitution forbidding religion tests of this sort. Atheism and related forms of non-belief are about the worst thing a candidate can be associated with.
New atheism is far from dead because it is a term to simply describe vocal atheists who came out of the closet after 9/11 and attacked religion around the world like it had not seen in the past, but it also is not a term one needs to simply identify with.
The debate about whether science and religion are adversaries often misses the fact that many people are comfortable both with their faith and the idea God plays a role in the universe.
Why do you think so many atheists seem so evangelistic? They even sometimes speak of their moment of "de-conversion" as a flip-side to the so-called born again experience. If life teaches us anything it's that certainty is overrated.
My journey with religion is really important to my journey to feminism, because if I had never had the courage to rebel and go against what I had been told, I probably would have never found feminism.
The Openly Secular coalition hopes to eliminate the social costs of coming forward. It is lamentable that people fear they are risking their jobs, businesses and personal relationships, simply through being true to who they are.
Reciting the pledge can certainly be a patriotic act, but so can fighting against religious intrusion into our government.
A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.