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Atheism and Religion

A Year Without God: A Former Pastor's Journey Into Atheism

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

For the next 12 months I will live as if there is no God. I will not pray, read the Bible for inspiration, refer to God as the cause of things or hope that God might intervene and change my own or someone else's circumstances. I will visit atheist gatherings and try it on.

How Not to Talk About the Beliefs of Others

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 12.28.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Recently two celebrities offered us mirror textbook cases on how not to talk about the belief -- or lack thereof -- of another.

Of Mouse and Men

Anthony Romeo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Anthony Romeo

I'm getting to the age where I'm starting to want children. Alright, I desperately want children. But with children comes the responsibility to in...

Religion's Sins

Scott Perlo | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Scott Perlo

Between the overabundance of bad religion and a scarcity of the good, we, in the Western, Liberal, educationally and financially privileged world, are starving.

From Minister to Atheist in 5 Simple Steps

Jerry DeWitt | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Jerry DeWitt

"How in the world does a Pentecostal preacher become an Atheist?" It's a simple question, but as you would expect, not a simple answer.

Is Gay Marriage a Civil Right?

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Redefining marriage as a civil right strips it of its defining feature as a reproductive union. This problem is seldom explicitly acknowledged. Yet, it is expressed indirectly in the semantics of the gay marriage debate.

Why Atheism+ Should Lead To Interfaith Dialogue

Be Scofield | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Be Scofield

Atheism+ is an exciting movement. I'm looking forward to seeing it grow and evolve. We can use this opportunity to bridge divided worlds, build interfaith coalitions and make social justice campaigns stronger.

Jokes About Gad

Mike Sheer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Comedy
Mike Sheer

It's quite easy to assume that anyone who does a comedy show about God is going to be derogatory towards religious people. That it will bully the poor figure and poke holes in sundry paper-thin arguments based on naught but faith and old books.

The Atheist Passover Seder With Christopher Hitchens

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

You have no excuse for not attending or hosting a Passover seder. Foremost atheist and anti-theist Christopher Hitchens made one and even required his daughter to attend.

Organ Donation: Jews Can Learn Something From Atheists

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

On the issue of posthumous organ donation my religious friends could learn a lesson from my atheist friends. They should recognize that only they can help those in need of organ transplants.

Why Facebook Is Killing God?

Nigel Barber | Posted 02.28.2012 | Home
Nigel Barber

Apologists for religion might argue that people are becoming more anxious and depressed because they no longer rely upon religion as a source of emotional security. Yet, this explanation is almost certainly wrong.

The Problem With 'Atheist Activism'

Chris Stedman | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

Criticism of religious beliefs isn't a new thing; its legacy is as long as the existence of religion itself, and it rests of the backs of outspoken religious leaders like Martin Luther, Mahatma Gandhi, MLK and even the biblical Jesus Christ.

Christopher Hitchens is "Not Great"

Kabir Helminski | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

In presenting the secular rationalist versus the religious fanatic, Hitchens obscured the fact that the greatest slaughters of human history were not the result of religious wars, but the result of secular or non-religious ideologie

Why Atheism Will Replace Religion

Nigel Barber | Posted 02.12.2012 | World
Nigel Barber

It seems that people turn to religion as a salve for the difficulties and uncertainties of their lives. ... In social democracies, people who are less vulnerable to the hostile forces of nature feel more in control of their lives. So there is less need of religion.

Study Explores Distrust Of Atheists By Believers

Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion

Distrust is the central motivating factor behind why religious people dislike atheists, according to a new study led by University of British Columbia...

The Spirit Ends When The Brain Dies

Michael Graziano | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

There is no part of the brain that, when damaged, takes away the Cartesian soul. Instead damage to different structures takes away different chunks of the mind.

Does The Eternal Soul Exist? Studies Of Brain Damage Suggest No

Michael Graziano | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

There really is such a thing as spirit, but it is not as people have imagined it in the past. Spirit is information of a special kind. It is quirky and individual to each of us, and is precious because it is not eternal.

Is Spirituality A Byproduct Of Evolution?

Michael Graziano | Posted 10.05.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

We are beings that do not see the world literally or dispassionately. We see the world filtered through our most developed talent, our social intelligence, and spirituality is a direct consequence.

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.

Why Is Mozart A Religious Experience?

Michael Graziano | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

As a scientist and an atheist, how can I come to terms with my own spiritual reverence toward some instances of music?

The Spirit Constructed In The Brain

Michael Graziano | Posted 06.29.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

Our brains actively paint consciousness onto ourselves and onto the objects around us -- and the implications for spiritual belief are rather startling.

The Darwinian Evolution of Religion

Michael Graziano | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

Eradicating religion is not possible. It is a fallacy that ignores the specs of the human machine. We are not rational entities. Religion grows on the social machinery in our brains.

Why Do Atheists Read the Religion Section?

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

In my opinion, Atheists want to be well-informed. They want to know what the other side is saying, and then what they're saying next.