I believe people of faith need to imagine a world without God. We then might take greater responsibility for our own lives and the circumstances of others, as well as life on this planet.
Just as the religions of the past are today's myths and the tribal religions of the present are seen as primitive to modern society, the religions of today will be the primitive myths of tomorrow.
People of faith tend to do themselves very little service by condemning non-believers as closed-minded. As an educated, thinking Christian I cringe more at the comments of other Christians than I do at the comments of atheists.
I choose to put my faith in the things I can see or that can be proven: my family, myself and, yeah, science. I do not always understand these things -- hence, the faith part. But, through my own experiences, I know these things are real. Other people may feel the same way about God.
Death gets a lot of bad press, when it gets any at all. But it may be much different, and incredibly more interesting, than we might think. From the...
The medical field of preserving the dead for possible future life is quickly improving every year.
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.
The only thing that's standing in the way of your own happiness, fulfillment, satisfaction, meaning, purpose, whatever, is yourself.
On some level, I believed atheism was hereditary. That the composition of my DNA couldn't produce anything other than me. And so, when my first daughter was born, I made a conscious effort to introduce her to religion. I wanted to make sure that whatever beliefs she formed, they were of her own making, not mine.
Candace Gorham, a licensed counselor and member of The Clergy Project, said she was ordained as a prophetess and evangelist at 18 years old in a store-front Pentecostal church that she described as extreme.
The trait people identified as the least desirable in a president: "Atheist." 53 percent of Americans said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who is an atheist. It beat out pot-smoker and adulterer.
Traditional religions and their beliefs in gods are on the decline in America no matter how you measure it: one in five Americans have no religion acc...
Which "me" should be running the show? We're all in the closet, so to speak. We barely come out to ourselves and never completely to others. I've never met an unequivocal atheist or religious believer.
A few weeks ago, my wife's "cured" melanoma of 16 years ago returned and covertly ate her alive. We are atheists, Carolyn and me. Yet the loving care we received at Porter throughout the most stressful and disorienting week of our lives, was nothing less than a blessing.
Though I no longer consider myself a religious person, I remain intrigued by artistic explorations of faith. The trailer for God's Not Dead pitted an atheist philosophy professor against a Christian student.
One phrase comes to mind, time and again, when I think of Frank Schaeffer: 'THINK AGAIN.' Any time I think I have a handle on things theological, he seems to find the thread, hanging from the edges, and gives it a good, solid yank.