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Atheists as Allies of God?

Michael W. Austin | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Michael W. Austin

To be sure, there are deep divisions related to some moral and political issues in our time, but if we think of ourselves as allies of the Good, rather than enemies of one another, perhaps we can then carve out enough common ground to work together for the common good.

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.

A War on Reason, Not on Christmas

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

With the same predictability and inevitability of a House vote to abolish Obamacare, Bill O'Reilly yet again has declared his false war on the faux war on Christmas.

My Journey to Feminism: How Questioning Religion Started it All

Erin McKelle | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Erin McKelle

My journey with religion is really important to my journey to feminism, because if I had never had the courage to rebel and go against what I had been told, I probably would have never found feminism.

Interview With a Philosopher -- A Great Book on the Grand Finale

Tom Morris | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Death gets a lot of bad press, when it gets any at all. But it may be much different, and incredibly more interesting, than we might think. From the...

Breaking Up With Jesus

Brett Gallaher | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

I know that if God exists, God is good. If divine love is real, it's not static and lifeless. But honestly, I don't know if God exists. I only know that we exist.

Ryan Bell's Year Without God

Jim Burklo | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

Was it courage that led him to speak truth to power in his denomination, or was he just worn out by trying so hard and long to maintain pretenses? If it was just weariness, I still admire Ryan Bell for succumbing to it, because he paid a stiff price for doing what he did.

Why You Really, Really Don't Want to Live Forever

Brett Gallaher | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

I honestly think humans gets so hung up on living forever because we feel like we don't have enough time. We think that one lifetime just isn't enough. We cling to the idea of eternity because it feels secure.

Four Reasons Why You Are Probably Not Going to Hell

Brett Gallaher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

This may come as a shock, but despite what your ex says about you, you're probably not going to Hell. Relieved? Good! But I hate to break it to you that your ex isn't going to Hell either.

Five Cool Things Fundies Should Know About Christianity

Brett Gallaher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

I've often wondered what would happen if average people actually knew about Church history and theology. For your benefit and/or your entertainment, I thought a list of some of the more awesome-er contemplative issues I've come across would make for a smashing good time.

'Gravity' Movie Asks The Big Questions

Religion News Service | Jeffrey Weiss | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Reviews of the new hit movie “Gravity” note that it’s an unusually fine science fiction film. What they don’t mention is that the main c...

Where Does Morality Come From?

KidSpirit | Posted 12.20.2012 | Religion

Is morality like the laws of physics, ironclad dicta from nature? Or is morality like language, where there is no "right answer" but different languages that different groups of people speak? These are eternal questions with many answers.

Atheism: Taking Off the Training Wheels

Dori Hartley | Posted 10.09.2012 | Home
Dori Hartley

Whereas I do recognize the need in people to believe in things that give them comfort, I can't help but register many of these things as delusional. It's not meant to be a putdown; it's just an observation on my part.

What Theism Lacks: Humility, Imagination, and Curiosity

Staks Rosch | Posted 08.22.2012 | Science
Staks Rosch

Atheists (most of us anyway) think (with good reason) that we are insignificant on the cosmic scale and that our only significance comes from each other.

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.

Why I Am Not an Atheist, Theist or Agnostic

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra


The God Test: Why Really Everyone Believes

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 01.07.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Could it be that subconsciously you suspect that it's just wrong to do it -- wrong in a way that transcends your temporality? If not, you would sell your mother's corpse so that it can be made into pet grub?

An Open Letter To The Atheist Community

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Certainly we can open by agreeing that all human beings should be respected and (assuming no egregious misdeeds) spoken to with civility.

Let's Hear It For the Atheists

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

I have been comforted in coming out as an atheist by the Pew survey of religious knowledge in the U.S. Turns out that atheists or agnostics scored highest on a test consisting of questions about various religions.

Beyond the Theism/Atheism Divide: A Plea for Humility

John Thatamanil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Thatamanil

The squabbles between fundamentalists and the New Atheists are tragic because left-leaning religious communities and progressive atheists cannot find each other, thus failing to make common cause on a shared vision of ecological and social justice.

A Meeting Place for Religion and Science

Ervin Laszlo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ervin Laszlo

Must the two cultures of religion and science run on separate tracks? Must they be at war with each other? Or could conflict shift to comprehension?

Hitchens, D'Souza Debate Religion

The Observer | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Anti-theist Christopher Hitchens and Christian Dinesh D'Souza may initially appear to have nothing in common. Hitchens argues the merits of evoluti...

A Christian's Defense of Bill Maher

Austin Carty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Austin Carty

If God is real, which I sincerely believe he is, he doesn't need me getting my feelings hurt because people think I'm wrong for believing in him.

A Room Without Rants: Where Reasonable Theists and Atheists Meet

Andrew Pessin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andrew Pessin

The reasonable theist and atheist may reach opposite conclusions, but both will spend much of their time investigating, in an open-minded (and frequently critical) way, the strongest and most coherent versions of theism available.

Theism v. Atheism: I'm A Realist, Not An "Accommodationist"

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shermer

What is the right way to respond to theists and/or theism? That is the question asked at every atheism/humanism conference I've attended. The answer is simple: there is no one "right way."