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What is the End of the World ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Every year of the calendar, for ages and ages, up to and including this year, there have been religious persons convinced that the end of the world wa...

What Is An Atheist ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.27.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

"So shall I do to the freshest things now reigning, and make stale the glistering of this present" (TIME, as the Chorus in The Winter's Tale by Shakes...

White America, Wake The F*ck Up. The Deaths Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile ARE Your Problem.

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

As a self-proclaimed "woke" white dude, it's sometimes difficult to know how to participate in conversations about race that matter deeply to me. The last thing I want to do is suck up oxygen from the voices that need to be heard.

Edith Turner And The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.27.2016 | College
Paul Stoller

In cynical moments when I need to ponder the wonders of human existence, I think about the work of Edith Turner, a monumental anthropologist who died on June 18th of this year, one day after her 95th birthday.

The Godless Descend on DC

Staks Rosch | Posted 06.26.2016 | Religion
Staks Rosch

Saturday, June 4, marked the "Second Coming" of the Reason Rally. Atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and secularists from all over the country descended on our nation's capital to rally in support of reason over faith in government.

What is Salvation?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Salvation. noun. In the West, rescuing few. In the East, rescuing all. Any religion that assigns to humans one lifetime and also insists that bel...

What Is Original Sin?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Original Sin. noun. An inborn guilt-worthy moral limp--in other words, a contradiction in terms. Any fetus may acquire DNA that will eventually hob...

New Book on Gay Marriage Raises the Bar on Love

Kat Katsanis-Semel | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Kat Katsanis-Semel

Honestly, it was hard for me to read this book. Even as an avid reader, it was hard to stick with it; however, it wasn't hard for the reasons readers might assume. Some might jump to assume that it wasn't well-researched, or well-written, or both. Some might even assume that it wasn't catchy enough to compete with our social media saturated culture.

Three Ways Presidential Candidates Can Win Over Nontheists

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

With nearly a quarter of all Americans religiously unaffiliated and a large section of this group explicitly nontheist, candidates would be well-served by appealing to this community. But how can they attract the support of this large and growing demographic?

What is Bittul ha-Tamid?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Bittul ha-tamid. noun. Taking a break from religion, for moral reasons. There has always been an element of protest in Hebrew religiosity. We can pic...

Why I'm No Longer a Feminist

Dana McKenna | Posted 05.02.2016 | Women
Dana McKenna

I think this term, feminism, is outdated and needs to be changed to reflect its very idea's greater meaning: no one is "less than." I submit to you that we need to move beyond feminism. It's time to be Humanists.

Congress Likely To Get Its Only Openly Atheist Member In November [UPDATE]

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics

UPDATE: May 4 -- After nontheist organizations rallied around him, Maryland state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D) distanced himself from the "atheism" label in ...

When 'Humanist' Is a Cop-out (And When It Isn't)

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Tina Fey was definitely on to something when she called BS on those who respond to the question about whether or not they are a feminist with "I am a humanist."

Book Review: Filling the Void - A Selection of Humanist and Atheist Poetry

Dan Arel | Posted 03.23.2016 | Books
Dan Arel

The voices throughout the book force the reader to contemplate, agree and even at times strongly disagree with a statement by a poet.

10 Fierce Atheists: Unapologetically Black Women Beyond Belief

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 03.23.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Over the past several years, Black women have assumed leadership roles in the secular, humanist and atheist movements. But they continue to be eclipsed by white male gatekeepers whose narrow, often reactionary, view of secular practice and ideology has come to define organized atheism.

Religious Schools Are Failing Us

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

It's not a secret that the US education system is in need of change, as international measures of student performance place us behind countries like South Korea and Finland in math, reading, and science performance. But faith-based instruction is seldom singled out as part of the problem.

I am a Pakistani Indian....

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Raza Habib Raja

There is something about India as an idea which transcends the modern day political configurations. It is the idea of India as a huge mass of land whi...

Anti-Atheist Terrorism: A New Threat

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.08.2016 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Anti-atheist terrorism is gaining momentum around the world. While major events like the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris and the murders ...

Are Women Innocent?

Delia Melody | Posted 02.29.2016 | Women
Delia Melody

As a proud third wave feminist, let me take a moment to dispel that illusion for you right now: Women are not innocent, and anyone who would say that we are is not a feminist; more importantly, we don't have to be innocent.

Why Secularists Should Support Sanders Over Clinton

Staks Rosch | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Staks Rosch

If Hillary Clinton was running against pretty much any other politician, her use of religious language might mean absolutely nothing at all. But in contrast to Bernie's secularism, Hillary's use of religious language just looks like political pandering.

Why Some Atheists Say Bernie Sanders Gets Them When He Talks About Religion

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

If you ask Bernie Sanders if he believes in God, he'll tell you he does. "Yeah, I do. I do," the independent senator from Vermont told Rolling Stone i...

WHiP It! Dive Into Your Love Drop -- A Meditation

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 01.22.2016 | Divorce
Amy Elias, MS When we attend to...

Purpose-Driven Life and Secularism

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by prov...

Atheist Group Files Suit To Remove 'In God We Trust' From Currency

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

A group of atheists seeking to drop the phrase "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency filed a federal lawsuit this week in Akron, Ohio, arguing the expr...

What do Politics Have to do With Meaning and Purpose in Life?

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

You pass through the long security line at the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC. While the line of tourists streams forward into the Exhibition Hall, you turn right, and head to the Senate appointment desk.