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Phil Zuckerman
Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.

He is the author most recently of Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Society Without God (NYU Press, 2008)

He lives in Claremont, California, with his wife and three kids.

Entries by Phil Zuckerman

Adventure in Christian Incivility

(45) Comments | Posted October 19, 2013 | 6:46 PM

On a hill in Roseville, California, just outside of Sacramento, sits Adventure Christian Church. The people at this successful Evangelical congregation are nice, friendly and civil.
Well, not exactly. Nice? -- yes. Friendly? -- you bet. But civil? -- uh, that would be a definite no.


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Student Graduates With Degree in Secular Studies

(61) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 4:04 PM

Three months ago, on May 18, 2013, William Holt, of Nashville, Tennessee, graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in secular studies -- making him the first student in the United States to graduate with such a major.

Secular studies is an interdisciplinary department (called a "field group" at...

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Taxes, Unions, and Healthcare -- Oh, My!

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 11:10 AM

Despite President Obama's recent election victory, and regardless of their loss of seats in both the Senate and the House, Republicans appear just as determined as ever to thwart the Democrats' plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1% of Americans. And why wouldn't they be? After all, if there...

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One Nation Under God -- Not!

(38) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 12:07 PM

At last week's Republican National Convention, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was loud and clear: What makes us Americans is our shared belief in God. That's it -- above all else. Forget adherence to the Constitution, forget a hatred of tyranny, forget a love for baseball. Forget watching reality TV while...

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Secular Studies Arrives at Last

(15) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 7:09 PM

A few weeks ago, two requisite committees at Pitzer College approved the formation of a secular studies program. This was a historic first, as no such program exists anywhere else.

Now, to be perfectly clear, secular studies isn't an official department in the traditional sense. Pitzer College doesn't actually...

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Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus

(1009) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 9:06 AM

This article was co-authored by Dan Cady is an assistant professor of history at California State University, Fresno. He publishes on the history of the American West, music, and religion.

The results from a recent poll published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life ( reveal what social...

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The Top Mistakes Atheists Make

(292) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 1:42 PM

I've been studying atheists, agnostics, XTC fans, and various other types of secular folk out there for quite some time. I've also read most of the anti-religious books that have been published ever since Sam Harris kicked things off with The End of Faith.

And I must...

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Imagine No Religion: Can a Society Be Successful Without It?

(102) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 6:00 PM

Imagine a place where almost no one ever goes to church, the majority of people do not believe in God, and among those who do, their belief is fairly watery and thin. Imagine a society where people see Jesus as perhaps a nice man who taught some nice things, but...

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Are We 'Hard-Wired' for God?

(10) Comments | Posted January 5, 2010 | 11:41 AM

In the Los Angeles Times last week, conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg asserted that religion is a natural, innate component to being human. All people, he claims, have a religious need or spiritual proclivity. Faith, according to Goldberg, is actually an "instinct." Humans are simply "hard-wired" to believe.


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Who Would Jesus Torture?

(50) Comments | Posted May 5, 2009 | 3:00 PM

You might think that after all those tens of millions of Evangelical Christians watched The Last Temptation of Christ, they perhaps developed at least a mild disdain for governments that hire soldiers to inflict violent brutality upon their prisoners.

Guess not.

A new national survey just released by...

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The Religious Support Behind Proposition 8

(68) Comments | Posted November 20, 2008 | 10:16 AM

Proposition 8 passed because of religious folk. There is no question about it. Church-going Black Americans, tithe-paying Mormons, mass-attending Latinos, and Evangelical whites all joined forces in "protecting marriage." The underlying reason religious people voted to revoke from gays and lesbians the legal right to marry is doggedly theological: God...

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