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The Atheists Are Coming Out of a Closet Near You

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

If the folks behind a movement called Openly Secular have their way, more and more American atheists will be coming out of their religion-free closets to declare their unbelief to friends, family and coworkers.

Hey, South Park and Twitter, Why the Religious Mockery?

Donna Carol Voss | Posted 08.10.2015 | Religion
Donna Carol Voss

I follow Richard Dawkins on Twitter. Why, as a devout Mormon, do I follow the world's most prominent (living) atheist? I'm always interested in both sides. Obviously an articulate and intelligent man, Dawkins is also, how do I put it, snarky. Case in point, the following three tweets, all generated in a single day.

Prominent Atheist Richard Dawkins Says Islam Needs A 'Feminist Revolution'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.24.2015 | Religion

Outspoken atheist writer Richard Dawkins took to Twitter this week to air concerns about the status of women in Islam. Needless to say, his unso...

Captain Pope on the Titanic

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The Pope, by the way, is not bringing religion to the debate; he is simply acknowledging that the science is overwhelming and compelling, and given that, there is a moral obligation to act.

'More Rational Than Thou'

Stuart Hameroff | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Stuart Hameroff

An open letter to Richard Dawkins and Michael Shermer Dear Richard and Michael, I read your lament that some people leave religion for 'something ...

'Nones' are 'someones' in vibrant U.S. religious landscape

David Briggs | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The end is not near for religion in America -- or elsewhere in the world. What analysts are trying to divine, however, is the mystery of why more people are indicating "none" when asked their religious affiliation.

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.

Atheists React To Chapel Hill Shooting Of Muslim Family Members

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion

The fatal shooting Tuesday of three members of a Muslim family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has prompted condemnation and calls for introspection a...

Walking on Water with Giant Green Frogs

Shan Wells | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Shan Wells

At this point, I can hear readers of faith saying: "But you can't blame religion for murder. People kill whether they are religious or not!" Certainly, they do. But religion is one the most insidiously lethal accelerators of violence this side of an unfaithful lover.

Nannies, Ninnies, Nutrients and Nonsense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

When the New York Times reported recently that a lot of alleged nutrient supplements are devoid of nutrients and supplements, the scrum was immediately predictable. That much more so because we have seen a recent backlash against our over-hyped reliance on supplements as silver bullets.

WATCH: Leading Evolutionary Biologist Reads Hilarious Anti-Gay Hate Mail

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.24.2015 | Gay Voices

This is just too good. It's not a huge surprise that Richard Dawkins gets a large amount of hate mail from right-wing religious zealots. The 73-yea...

How to Defeat Meme of Fear

David Brin | Posted 03.15.2015 | World
David Brin

This is not about Islam or Christianity or Judaism or even capitalism versus communitarianism, but their angriest and most vehement branches. If our enlightenment "wins," there will be Islam in the future and everything else. But the fuming tenor of zero-sum machismo will be gone. Those who today preach hatred will live, but not their hate. Moreover, they know this. And because hatred is addictive, like a drug, that is the wellspring of their fury.

Richard Dawkins Says 'Religions Are NOT Equally Violent' After Charlie Hebdo Attack

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 01.08.2015 | Religion

Author, biologist and New Atheist Richard Dawkins took to Twitter to sound off on religion after the attack on France's satirical weekly publication, ...

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.

Two Robins Wish You a Very Happy Christmas

Robin Koerner | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Robin Koerner

I arrived in England yesterday from my home in the States and the jet-lag had the better of me this Christmas morning by 4.45 am. Dad, whom I have t...

A Year Nearly Donne: Reflections on the Family of Man

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Can we even really imagine a world at peace? Can we even imagine seeing one another past the primitive veil of xenophobia, and perceiving the family resemblance? Can we imagine a world where we pull on the common bond of our humanity, and it never breaks?

How Richard Dawkins Lost His Battle with God

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Deepak Chopra

I am not saying that science is moving closer to God, only that the possibility of a conscious universe is very real in scientific terms. On that basis, the very things Dawkins defends so vociferously--reason, logic, data, experimentation--can be applied to reality beyond the five senses.

Why God Doesn't Care What You Do

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

In a word, the personal God has a future only if we are willing to transform who we are. The longing for transformation is universal -- no one is satisfied with the mixture of pleasure and pain, success and failure, love and hate, peace and violence that defines life in separation.

I'm a Christian, but I Enjoyed The Unbelievers

Mike Lehmann | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Mike Lehmann

Even though I have serious problems with the movie's main argument, it's worth seeing. It provides a great window into how Krauss and Dawkins think; it's cinematography and soundtrack rock.

God and Some Scientists, Part II: On Mental Gymnastics

Kelly James Clark | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

Mental gymnastics is not the special burden of religious believers. It's part and parcel of the human believing condition. I suggest a policy of humility and tolerance with respect to those who disagree with us, not arrogance and bullying.

New Atheism: Is It Dead or an Idea Worth Saving?

Dan Arel | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Dan Arel

New atheism is far from dead because it is a term to simply describe vocal atheists who came out of the closet after 9/11 and attacked religion around the world like it had not seen in the past, but it also is not a term one needs to simply identify with.

Being #OpenlySecular Is the First Step To Eliminating the Stigma

Richard Dawkins | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
Richard Dawkins

The Openly Secular coalition hopes to eliminate the social costs of coming forward. It is lamentable that people fear they are risking their jobs, businesses and personal relationships, simply through being true to who they are.

Defending My Son's Life to Richard Dawkins

Mardra Sikora | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

I'm not telling any parent what they can or can't, should or shouldn't do. I'm telling Richard Dawkins he's wrong to make that blanket statement as well. Sadly, more wrong than I believe he has the capacity to know. But I wouldn't deny him life because of it.

Naïve Realism, or the Strange Case of Physics and Fake Philosophers

Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

In a most unexpected way, physics has started to criticize its own sense of reality. Noted figures are speaking out against other noted figures, and heads are being knocked.

Why the Soul Is Tiptoeing Back Into the Conversation

Stafford Betty | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion
Stafford Betty

Mind-body dualism, or the belief, roughly speaking, that we are a combination of body and soul, is not exactly coming back into respectability in leading philosophical circles, but it does show signs of tiptoeing back into the conversation.