We sow the seeds of fundamentalism whenever we pretend our representations are real. It is a mistake of logic to apply literalism to something that can only be apprehended symbolically.
Humanists and other secular-minded people of every level need to understand that "isms" like sexism and racism don't go away just because we identify as atheists or humanists. We need to unpack our privileges and cultural baggage in order to stop discriminatory behavior.
Why do religious people trash some implausible beliefs but keep others? Perhaps they get something out of the beliefs they keep.
Atheists want the benefits of a secular society, but too many refuse to do the work. They are more concerned with a dictionary definition of atheism that they forget what is at stake.
I honestly think humans gets so hung up on living forever because we feel like we don't have enough time. We think that one lifetime just isn't enough. We cling to the idea of eternity because it feels secure.
Faith is not reserved for the religious, nor does any religion have a monopoly on it. To the contrary, at one level, faith is a common and important psychological coping mechanism used every moment of our lives to allow us to function as normally as possible.
Religion may be declining in certain social groups, but this trend shouldn't be enough to let us assume that we can simply watch religion fade into the twilight. With that in mind, here are five reasons why it's important -- perhaps now more than ever -- to be religiously literate.
When you consider that he has been at the top of his profession, has had a lifetime to prepare, and has recently published a book on these themes, it is quite surprising to see how weak his case is. Don't take my word for it. Let's plunge in.
We are living in two Americas at once. While we are arguing about the word God on a dollar bill, the religious right is dismantling secularism one brick at a time.
A fundamentalist is unwilling to consider the unsettling possibility that the universe is more complex, mysterious, and multi-dimensional than anything our symbol systems, descriptions and analyses can apprehend.
What is the proper response to bad religion? Some argue that the answer to bad religion is no religion. A growing number of "new atheists" argue that since religion can be toxic, we need to get rid of faith altogether. But that's a weak argument.
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.
Bill Nye and Ken Ham will be debating creationism on Feb. 4, and it's a bad idea for both scientists and Christians.
The core of the ceremony can be a celebration of a couple's relationship and of love. From there they can be creative and seek ways to include elements of spirituality that are pleasing to all and offensive to none.
It's OK with me for God to give the fundamentalists a different version of His story if what I've heard from Him simply doesn't work for the way they're wired, but I'll be damned if I'm going to let their gospel be the only one that atheists like Bill Maher get to hear.
It's my hope that the movement of atheist organizations into communities throughout our nation will motivate the honest discussion of religious beliefs. Those who believe and those who don't should be able to share perspectives, and ultimately, decide what narrative is real.