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Atheist vs. Agnostic: Why The Difference Matters. A 2nd Dialogue

Ted Cadsby | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

The agnostic (AG), while sympathetic to the atheist's arguments, still wants to accommodate other belief systems and confronts the atheist (Ath) for attacking religion. The atheist attempts to respond to the challenge.

Tackling Terrorism Requires Less Fixation With Religion and More Action

Khwaja Khusro Tariq | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Khwaja Khusro Tariq

Regardless of the role of individuals, governments, and organizations in generating terrorism, there seems a pathological preoccupation with fitting religion in as the prime mover. Following the attacks in Brussels the same tired old refrains are flying again.

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

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.15.2017 | 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.

New Atheists and the Economy of Outrage

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 06.13.2015 | Religion
Muqtedar Khan

Unlike classical atheists like Bertrand Russell and George Bernard Shaw who advocated their views and advanced the critique of religion with wit and erudition, the "new atheists," seek to ply their trade through the economy of outrage.

How Not to React to Charlie Hebdo

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 03.14.2015 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Much has been written since the tragedy. Here, I only wish to address and respond to two extreme reactions to it.

Snark Wars

Kerry Walters | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion
Kerry Walters

For anti-Christian snarksters, there's absolutely nothing good that can be said about Christianity, so they encourage a blanket dismissal of centuries of Christian thought, literature, art, culture, and science.

Intolerance and Violence

Martin Marty | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

In today's world, I get inspiration from the American Muslims who abhor all the violence and who host and invite me and Jews and other Christians of my kind to their hyper-peaceful Iftar dinners during Ramadan. These are small beginnings, but they are beginnings.

The Reconciliation of Science and Religion: We Can Do Better

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

I picked up Amir Aczel's book, "Why Science Does Not Disprove God," with eager anticipation, hoping that he might make peace between contending factions. Alas, I sighed, upon finishing the book, the chasm remains unbridged.

5 Facts Islamophobia Deniers Just Don't Get

Qasim Rashid | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

While I hope not, it is likely that some Islamophobia deniers will continue to demonize Muslims who claim they've been discriminated against. Such demonizing is a slanted narrative devoid of common sense. Don't fall for it.

Holy Doubt

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion
W. Hunter Roberts

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.

The War on Atheists

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

There's another current in our American culture that runs deep and is seriously problematic, probably even the worm that will eventually lead to the fall of the American empire: We are profoundly anti-intellectual.

Stop Blaming Religion for Violence

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Sean McElwee

Religion has once again become the "opiate of the people." But this time, instead of seducing the proletariat into accepting its position in a capitalist society, it lulls atheists into believing that abolishing religion would bring about utopia.

Comedians' Atheist 'Church' Plans Massive Expansion

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion

The Sunday Assembly, often called the "atheist church," wants to be a “global movement for wonder and good." Over the weekend, the organization laun...

Why I'm Risking My New Book by Self-Publishing Even Though I'm a Bestselling Author

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.09.2013 | Media
Frank Schaeffer

I'm self-publishing my new novel AND GOD SAID, "BILLY!" Where's my advance? What will I live on? The New York Times won't review a self-published book...

Is Richard Dawkins a Racist?

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 06.28.2013 | Religion
Usaama al-Azami

Dawkins and his fellows may remonstrate that what they object to is a belief system, freely adopted by its holders, but they are still participating in the unhealthy marginalization of a minority group.

Atheists Ignore Islamophobia At Their Peril

Chris Stedman | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

If too many are only willing to stand up against hate directed at ourselves and other members of our community, then we are not truly against hate or for social justice--we are merely for ourselves.

Atheism On The Rise In America

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 08.15.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Religiosity is on the decline in the U.S. and atheism is on the rise, according to a new worldwide poll. The poll, called "The Global Index ...

New Theists: Knowers, Not Believers

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 08.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

A new breed of theist is emerging around the globe. We are religious naturalists: Reality is our God, evidence is our Scripture, integrity is our religion, and contributing toward a healthy future is our mission.

New Atheists Are Neither A Minority Nor Heirs Of The Civil Rights Movement

Nathalie Rothschild | Posted 05.08.2012 | Religion
Nathalie Rothschild

Nobody should be mistreated simply because they believe or do not believe in certain ideas. But if you can't identify with people around you, if they won't accept you for who you are, then ditch them. It's not always easy, but nobody is stopping you.

New Atheists Promote Bible Study?

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

The brutality of ancient scripture is indeed an inconvenient truth -- a truth that outspoken atheists are all too happy to point out.

Christopher Hitchens is "Not Great"

Kabir Helminski | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

In presenting the secular rationalist versus the religious fanatic, Hitchens obscured the fact that the greatest slaughters of human history were not the result of religious wars, but the result of secular or non-religious ideologie

Atheists Invade Houston

Victor Stenger | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Victor Stenger

On Oct. 7-8, Houston was invaded by some 700 atheists, agnostics, humanists and other unclassified nonbelievers for the annual Texas Freethought Convention.

On Not Being A Scientific Simpleton

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Contemporary science and Christian faith co-exist peacefully in Polkinghorne's worldview. Neither science nor religion has to be distorted to get all the ideas into the same head

Divinity of Doubt

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 06.12.2011 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

Divinity of Doubt will have no friends of the kind who want to be comfortable in a group, no ready-made groups looking to be further validated by the one-way bias that passes for communication these days.

God, We Need Atheists

Frank Fredericks | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

If we Christians challenge ourselves to treat our atheist brothers and sisters as equitable members of our communities, will atheists recognize the value of faith to those who believe?