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Religious Belief

Science, Religion And Religious Minimalism

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2012 | Religion
Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

Secular prophecies to the contrary, religion is not going away. And despite the hopes of certain nostalgic believers, religion will not regain, at least in the West, the social ascendancy it once enjoyed.

Is God My Brain? Neuroscience, Thankfulness And The Voices Inside My Head

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
G. Elijah Dann

What eventually become our conscious thoughts are the result of a long, arduous and competitive process deep within the brain. But where does God come into this discussion?

Evaluating the Post-Secular Return to Belief

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 10.18.2011 | Books
Feisal G. Mohamed

ave wounds of deadly hate pierced humanity -- and humanities scholars -- so deep that we are no longer capable of blind hopes?

Penn And Piers Debate Religion, Atheism

Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion

As part of Tuesday's episode of "Piers Morgan Tonight," magician and comedian Penn Jillette debated Morgan on the merits of atheism and religious beli...

Why Atheism Replaces Religion In Developed Countries

Nigel Barber | Posted 06.08.2012 | World
Nigel Barber

Atheism thus blossoms amid affluence where most people feel economically secure. But why? It seems that people turn to religion as a salve for the difficulties and uncertainties of their lives.

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Kabir Helminski | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Is religion an immature wish-fulfillment, a denial of our mortality, an abrogation of our human responsibilities, a sentimental lullaby for those unwilling to face harsh realities?

The Problems, Potential And Power Of Religious Belief

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 08.10.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Religious beliefs themselves are neither good nor bad -- it's how those beliefs manifest themselves in our actions that is most critical.

How To Make A Strong Atheist

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Throughout most of our history, mortal concerns were ever-present. While the good life breeds atheists, the good life and a little fear breed strong atheists.

Can You Be Good Without God?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 07.06.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

If atheists or secularists want to offer an alternative to religious morality, then it would appear that their first challenge is to agree on what the content of their morality will be (e.g. is abortion moral or not?)

Protesting Protestantism: Why Religion Must Continue To Change

Paul Pardi | Posted 07.04.2011 | Religion
Paul Pardi

I've become convinced that people of faith depend upon the social and practical constructs of something like the church in order to maintain a robust belief.

The Indefensible Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Marriage does not need defending. If your marriage does, I feel for you and suspect your problems lie much deeper than whether or not gay couples can marry.

Science and Faith: Does Belief Soothe the Worried Mind?

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Psychological scientists are exploring the idea that religious belief may have emerged to satisfy a basic human need to comprehend and explain a complex and unpredictable world.

Proven: 11 Year-Old Nadia Bloom's Rescue IS a Miracle

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

I know that prayer has helped me out of some very troublesome, even potentially deadly straights, and proved to me that God exists. I cringe when I write that, but I'm a believer in God's miracles.

Religious and Secular Belief: All The Same To The Brain | Allison Bond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

"Believing the sun is a star is rather the same as believing Jesus was born of a virgin," says Sam Harris, co-author of a study that suggests that the...

How About the Church of Hope?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Deepak Chopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: President-elect Obama hasn't been to church in three weeks, saying h...

Religious Belief Can Help Relieve Pain, Researchers Say

Guardian | Ian Sample | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Scientists have uncovered an ancient and elaborate source of pain relief that is based purely on the power of the mind, according to research publishe...