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Is it Unethical to Hide Your Nonbelief?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Considering the shared aim among nonbelievers to doggedly pursue the truth regarding humanity, the nature of the universe, and everything in it, there is understandably a high ethical standard for humanists and other nontheists to which they hold themselves.

The Truth About Religion

Gary Laderman | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Religion is no longer simply a matter of faith in God. Instead, it is... anything and everything imaginable. The truth about religion is that there is no one Truth but rather multiple versions of many possible truths.

LOOK: Surprising Reaction To The Growth Of 'No Religion'

Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion

Surveys have frequently shown that the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans -- including but not limited to atheists, agnostics and people who...

Atheists Who Pray

Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion

Why would an atheist -- who by definition does not believe in God -- pray? A Washington Post article by Michelle Boorstein spotlighted the fascinat...

Seekers, Nones and the Age of Doubt?

Alan Jones | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

The seekers and the nones have got it right. There's something fishy about the way we've reduced language to mean only one thing. The way forward is to stop clobbering each other with dogmas and start exchanging stories. And be unafraid of an open, endless conversation.

What Growing Up 'None' Taught Me About Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I was raised outside of organized religion, in a spiritual-but-not-religious home. I obviously did not stay a "none." I'm a pastor in the United Church of Christ and I try, for better or worse, to live my life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

What Happens When We Name The Nones

Steven Ramey | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Although some scholars have used the label since at least the 1960s, the ongoing discussions about Nones have popularized this new identity out of nothing. And this has significant potential to influence society.

Social Justice In The Millennial Generation

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

We are a generation overwhelmingly dedicated to social justice. This impulse can be religiously motivated, much as it has been for me. Yet for many, it is rooted in a fundamental belief in the goodness of people.

The Church Calendar: New and Improved

Lillian Daniel | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Treasuring the freedom that allows us to honor our unique ancient traditions while keeping up with the times, we propose adjusting these special Sundays in the church year.

'So What?' The Nightmare Christians Should Be Having

Derek Penwell | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

What if part of the reason the "Nones" are so underwhelmed by organized religion isn't because they don't find Jesus interesting, but because it appears to them that Christians don't find him sufficiently interesting enough to take seriously?

Much Ado About 'Nones'

Matthew Myer Boulton | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Matthew Myer Boulton

If you're a reader of the New York Times, you'd have good reason to the conclusion that the United States -- and indeed the world -- is becoming less and less religious. And yet, this is misleading.

If Not Religion, Then What?

Patty Kogutek | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

Why is it that we can be "friends" with thousands on Facebook and literally find the answers to unfathomable questions, and still be searching? People today are exploring every avenue looking to add meaning and resolution to their lives.

Why I'm Glad I Lost And Then Reconnected To My Religion

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Linda K. Wertheimer

I once belonged more to the "Nones" than anything else. I checked Jewish on the box, but that mark was more about a cultural than religious identity. In my teens, I felt disconnected from Judaism. I was a religious school dropout at 12. But at age 41, I was in a much different place.

Christianity Without Arrogance

Mark Osler | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

It might be that our first job in responding to the rise of the "Nones" is that we should stop creating so many of them through our own arrogance and our attempts to judge others, contrary to Christ's express instruction.

The Internet Probably Hasn't Made People Less Religious

Vlad Chituc | Posted 03.23.2013 | Religion
Vlad Chituc

Religion did and will survive the Internet and, at least when we're talking about shifts in demographics, we probably should forget the Internet.

Spiritual But Not Religious? Not So Fast: Disney, I-Clouds And New Religion

Michael P. Murphy | Posted 03.21.2013 | Religion
Michael P. Murphy

People are more religious than they give themselves credit for. But who are these new gods, what is this new spirituality, and what is the object of our new belief?

WATCH: Why Is Religion On The Decline?

Posted 01.17.2013 | Religion

David Niose, president for the Secular Coalition of America and author of "Nonbeliever Nation," joined Ahmed on HuffPost Live to discuss the decline o...

When Will We Have More Open Atheists in Congress?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

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.

'God Is Alive And Well In America'

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Despite a deep drop in the number of Americans who identify with a particular faith, the country could...

Thanks Be to Humanists

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The largest segment of President Obama's "religious" coalition (23 percent) was the nones, according to a new American Values Survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. But who exactly are these nones?

No More Followers

Richard Brand | Posted 01.01.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The Christian faith is in decline in Europe and is pretty much stagnant in the United States. The great churches in Europe are mostly empty, and the number of people respond "None" when asked about a religious commitment in the United States is growing.

Reflection On The Rise Of The 'Nones' From Someone Who Should Probably Be One

Cameron Nations | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Cameron Nations

I'm 23, recite the Creed without crossing my fingers, and think seriously and critically about my faith. Furthermore, not only am I in seminary to be an ordained minister, but -- GASP! -- I'm also doing so in a mainline denomination. How can this be? It defies all logic!

Why We're Leaving Church: A Report From The Nones

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

"People don't want to have to side with the church and against their friends who are Buddhist or Muslim or Jewish or agnostic."

Dear Sally Quinn: Atheists Are Americans Too

Staks Rosch | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Staks Rosch

You seem bewildered by the amount of hate mail you received from atheists, agnostics and Humanists as a result of your comments. Let me be clear here: I don't think anyone should threaten you for your opinions, no matter how hateful they are -- and they are hateful.

'Nones' On The Rise: How Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Churches Are Creating Their Own Demise

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I've always felt we religiously unaffiliated "Nones" were a tiny minority. But here we are, surging in an America that's been steeped in religious dogma, where Republican politics has been overrun by zealots hellbent on controlling women's bodies and discriminating against gays.