The religious makeup of the Congress sworn in January 3 is virtually unchanged from the infamously gridlocked 112th Congress. There are 482 Christians, 33 Jews, 3 Buddhists, 2 Muslims, 1 Hindu, 1 Unitarian Universalist, and 1 open religiously unaffiliated member.
We're social animals, and we're at our best in social groups. Religion just happens to be a really accessible group.
My mom is almost never embarrassed to speak her mind. But she also makes an effort not to be mean, abrasive or hurtful to others in doing so. She taught me to be strong, but she also showed me how to be kind.
If everyone were coming from the same place, then being born-again thanks to an epiphany would be a valid prescription to cure all spiritual ills. But it is just not that simple.
The conceit probably originated with Kant: Way back a long time ago we weren't so hot at science. We were babies then, so in the face of an unpredictable world we clung to our religion like mama's skirt. Now we're growing up and must put away childish things: all religion must go.
When we say someone "follows Jesus," what exactly do we mean? The problem is not with the word "Jesus," it's with the concept of "following."
"There is absolutely nothing in the Qur'an that supports or justifies forced marriage," says Tehmina Kazi, who has a law degree from the London School...
Those who lack the atheists' certitude that there is no afterlife, and who have never seen, and never will see, proof of the existence of God, are the agnostics -- those who do not "presume to know." Some are tempted toward the notion that underlies the famous bet of Blaise Pascal.
Chris Stedman humanizes atheism by sharing his life and his values. He aims to end the cycle of isolation and tribalism by encouraging others to contribute their own story to our collective narrative.
I am concerned that some of these efforts have rendered people like me -- nonreligious Americans -- invisible. And sadly, the idea that godlessness inspires or allows for a tragedy of this nature isn't a new phenomenon.
There's an atheist chaplain at Stanford. This is good news. John Figdor has a degree from Harvard Divinity School and he does what chaplains do. He counsels those in need and visits the sick.
Yes, whether he admits it or not, Dawkins is endorsing Prophet Muhammad's teaching. And while hell just might have frozen over, perhaps we can work together to a world of freer consciences and fewer mental abuses.
The National Rifle-Manufacturer Association (NRA) held a press conference in Washington, D.C. to offer "meaningful contributions" in the debate about education reform.
While the Pope may have a vested interest in attempting to validate the historical accuracy of the stories of Jesus' birth, I think we misunderstand their intent by doing so.
The answer to the Problem of Evil is simple: It is up to us to use whatever influence we can, whether secular or divine, to promote peace, justice and good will in the world.
But my question remains: is it ever even possible to feel and experience a sense of utter and absolute safety in this life in the very same breath that we inhale the daily news?