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Agnosticism

Losing My Religion and Getting It Back Again

Thom Nickels | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion
Thom Nickels

Indifference, I've found, rarely lasts forever. Two years ago when I gave one of my sisters an Icon of the Theotokos for Christmas, she looked at the icon and burst into tears. While I'm not sure what the tears meant, I felt that something within her was beginning to change.

Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Just last month, the Navy Chief of Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap, a highly qualified chaplain candidate who would have been the first Humanist military chaplain.

Is It Necessary To Believe In God To Be Religious?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines 'religious' as a belief in god or a group of gods -- but is this a necessary component of a religious life? ...

Time to Embrace a Military Chaplaincy for All the Troops

Tom Carpenter | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

This inclusive outreach extends to chaplains representing the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities of faith, as well as those of minority beliefs, including Humanists. They, too, are valued members of our country's military and must be embraced fully.

A College Where Atheists Must Worry About Surprise Baptisms

Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion

UPDATE: March 21 -- The president of Freethinkers at Virginia Tech, Josh Clark, has released a statement regarding Linford's comments on the websit...

The Gray Grey of God and The Gays

Amelia Markham | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Amelia Markham

Whether you believe one is to spell 'grey/gray' with an 'e' or 'a' or if it is okay or not okay for a Christian to be in a relationship that is gay... may we all rest assured that this is all a part of learning what it minds to love the Lord with all of our minds, heart and strength.

Atheist, Humanist, Secular: Why Fight Over Labels?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Demanding that people identify only as atheist limits the ability of individuals to truly express not only what they don't believe in, but what they do believe in.

You're Not Agnostic, You're An Atheist

Isaac Saul | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Isaac Saul

One of the most popular phrases I hear amongst my friends these days is, "I'm agnostic." According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, an agnost...

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.

Jews Without God

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
Isabel Kaplan

My Jewish identity is complex, to be sure, and it defies easy categorization. But I don't think it's contradictory, or problematic.

Why We Need to Talk About God

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The God I believe in brings a richness and depth to life. The God I believe in makes it possible for us to be fully human. To rise from despair to hope; to transform bitterness into love; to move the world as it is a little closer to the world as it ought to be.

Does It Matter That Atheists Are Smarter Than Believers?

Rob Brooks | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

News just in, guaranteed to stir smug nods from non-believers and incite irritation among the devout: intelligence correlates negatively with religious belief.

Confessions of a Christian Skeptic

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Joe Boyd

It may seem a strange thing to say that a kid who grew up in the church, graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and worked as a pastor for a decade didn't know Jesus, but that's the way my story unfolded.

The Existential Weight of Motherhood: 'Will I Die, Mom?'

Kim Siegal | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Kim Siegal

Maybe this is typical of our age. We go through a cycle of some kind of a religious upbringing, then challenge and question it in our youth, come back to it for the sake of our children as young parents and then maybe cling to it more deeply when we're faced with crisis or our own mortality.

In Praise of Secular Church Services (Written by a Former Minister)

Jerry DeWitt | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Jerry DeWitt

I believe that there's nothing wrong with borrowing from -- or adopting -- certain aspects of religious tradition and making them work within a secular context.

5 Pretty Good Reasons To Be An Atheist

Staks Rosch | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Staks Rosch

I know I am not going to convince everyone with this list because god-belief has been indoctrinated into our society for a long time, but here are five things that might cause you to rethink your deeply held faith-based convictions and become an atheist.

10 Proofs That Will Change How You Think About God

Nathan Schneider | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
Nathan Schneider

What do we really mean by God, and what could count as proof? As many of these attempts at proof reveal, the line between God and no God has often been thinner than we're now led to believe.

Atheists: Saved Or Damned?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

On May 22 Pope Francis spoke about how the redemption brought about by Christ applied to the whole human race and that he would not be surprised to find himself sharing heaven even with atheists, at least with atheists who seek to do good. The very next day, the pope was corrected.

Why This Devotee Of God Doesn't Think Atheists Are Demonic

Chris Fici | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Chris Fici

I charge anyone who is challenged by this to think a little deeper, to broaden their experience working with and knowing the non-religious, to try to understand that the religious and the non-religious have a lot to learn from each other.

Why I'm Not An Atheist: The Case For Agnosticism

Omar Baddar | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Omar Baddar

A convincing argument against religion is not necessarily an equally compelling one for atheism. Between religious certitude and atheism lies a more suitable ground for truly open and skeptical minds: agnosticism.

A Good Life Without God

Richard Abrons | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Richard Abrons

Big topic. All encompassing. From Ra to Zeus to Moses to Jesus to Muhammad to Buddah. From Cotton Mather to Rush Limbaugh. From the Crusades to Shiites and Sunnis. Well, leave me out.

Is Atheism Only For The Upper Class?

Daniel Cox | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Daniel Cox

One of the more notable findings from a recent American Values Survey analysis is that atheists and agnostics have significantly higher socio-economic status than either secular Americans or unattached believers.

We Need a Nonbelievers' Liberation Movement

Allan Brawley | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Allan Brawley

We need a nonbelievers' rights movement that will encourage more people to come out of the closet and help free the country -- and the world -- from destructive sectarian conflict.

What Baseball Can Teach Us About Faith And Belief

Christine Organ | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

In the Church of Baseball, there are a million different kinds of strike-outs, homeruns, curve balls, fastballs, bunts, stolen bases, pitching changes, errors, pop outs, grounders and foul balls. And without a doubt, every season will have its share of rain delays.

How My Christian Friends Turned Me Jewish

Elad Nehorai | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

I remember when I looked at him and I argued, the way he looked at me, almost like he was sad. And I remember thinking, how dare you, how dare you be sad for me.