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Filthy Little Atheist

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

President Teddy Roosevelt called Thomas Paine a 'Filthy Little Atheist,' a phrase with as many errors in it as words, since Paine was fastidiously cle...

Little Things Can Make An Atheist

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

As I read deeper in the literature of unbelief and 'freethought' from the past three centuries, it is interesting to see 'Little Things' given as rea...

What Is Prayer?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

All religions, except some forms of Buddhism, recommend prayer. From the Latin precare, which means to beg, prayer is just that: begging, pleading, imploring a God, or some other otherworldly figure, such as a saint.

What is a Cult ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

The word 'cult' is never benign in religious terminology as it is in the world of art, where Johnny Stonenoggin filmster extraordinaire may cult-ivate...

Freethinkers, Reason, and Religion

Michael W. Austin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Religion
Michael W. Austin

The forced dichotomy between faith and reason is a false dichotomy. Many define faith as belief without or apart from evidence, but historically and philosophically this is a flawed definition.

What Kinds of Miracles?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

From An Opinionated Dictionary of Religion at Miracle. noun. An event unexplained by natural causes, performed to authenticate a gi...

So What Exactly Happens At A Sunday Assembly?

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion

The number of so-called “atheist churches” more than doubled this past weekend. On Sept. 28, 35 towns around the world launched new Sunday Ass...

Atheist, Humanist, Secular: Why Fight Over Labels?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

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.

Inoculating Kids Against Fundamentalism

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

"We have the most amazing creation story any people have ever had," proclaims evolutionary humanist and religious naturalist Connie Barlow in her Apri...

Republican Freethought

Christopher Lane | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Christopher Lane

By all accounts a brilliant, electrifying speaker, Robert G. Ingersoll best exemplifies the embrace of freethought that has all-but-vanished from the GOP today.

Atheism's Growing Numbers

Edward Falzon | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Edward Falzon

I touched down in Los Angeles only six weeks ago and started North on my Biblical Morality tour. Most of my time has been spent speaking at secular organisations and student groups, and I've been surprised at just how active the atheist/secular community is in the USA and Canada.

Evolution Before Darwin

Christopher Lane | Posted 05.27.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

Why does it matter that we give due credit to pre-Darwinian thinkers such as Chambers? For starters, it helps reduce some of the reigning fixation on Darwin, including his near-obsessive status among creationists.

The Striking History Of Britain's Sunday Law

Christopher Lane | Posted 03.11.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

The bill that Parliament approved, greatly affecting British culture for more than 150 years, stemmed almost single-handedly from the actions and concerns of one influential bishop, Beilby Porteus.

Should Freethinkers Shun Or Claim The Language Of Spirituality?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

We now know that the moral dimension of human life derives not from religion but from our need, as social animals, to cooperate and live in community with each other.

Do Atheists Belong In The Interfaith Movement?

Chris Stedman | Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

In my experience, interfaith work doesn't require that people check their convictions at the door, and if the only thing keeping atheists from participating is a semantic disagreement with the word "faith," I think that is a missed opportunity.

With Reason On Their Side: Is Secularism A Movement?

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 07.19.2011 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

It should be fairly evident that secularism is not simply the absence of religion. Rather, it is an active tradition its own articulations of the problems facing society, and its own solutions for making the world a better place.

Atheists, Humanists Resolve to Give More

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

As we head into 2011, humanist leaders around the world have resolved to give more and get their fellow freethinkers to do the same.

An Atheist's Thanksgiving Confessions

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

Thanksgiving was a religious holiday for me just as it was for generations of American Christians. But God is no more at the heart of Thanksgiving than brutality is -- meaning both were, and both can be, but neither must be.

Hey Atheist -- Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Valerie Tarico

And your best shot to do good in the world and avoid harm is to call upon reason and evidence, do your research and -- here is where religion often trips up -- ask the questions that could show you wrong.

Does Evangelical Giving Do the World Good?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Valerie Tarico

When a person's altruistic impulses are directed toward winning converts, it is valid to ask whether they are actually serving human well-being or simply serving a mind virus.