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Science Versus Bible: To Debate or Not to Debate?

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Herb Silverman

Many atheists, myself included, have been overly optimistic that a rational argument will be sufficient to change minds. I now think the best we can do is make good points in a reasonable and pleasant manner.

Debunking David Barton's Jefferson Lies (Because They Still Need to Be Debunked)

Chris Rodda | Posted 11.16.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

Over the last couple of weeks, I've seen a number of articles about pseudo-historian David Barton's "comeback." My first thought upon seeing these articles was "what comeback?"

Imagine A World Where Palin Is President...

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.04.2013 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) was unsuccessful in her 2008 run for the vice presidency, but a new book puts her in the top spot, imagining a worl...

Breaking News: 34% of Your Fellow Citizens Want a Theocracy

Fred Rich | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Fred Rich

A fanatical fundamentalist minority is a dangerous thing in any culture, and even the strongest democracy can become vulnerable when buffeted by economic distress and external shocks, such as major terrorist attacks.

A Story Worth Telling At A Time Like This

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

The black theologian James H. Cone ripped me open and laid me bare, not with a knife but with his book, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree." And what he exposed was my own personal story of faith connecting -- or failing to connect -- to the issue of race.

So We Are a Christian Nation?

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

What is at stake in constantly requiring that God's name is invoked throughout this political ceremony inaugurating the leader of all Americans?

Common Grounds and Common Sense

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We do not need a Church of America: what the founding fathers knew in 1776 holds true in 2011. In spite of right-wing Christian rhetoric to the contrary, that we are a secular nation cannot be denied.

Dear Sally Quinn: Atheists Are Americans Too

Staks Rosch | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Staks Rosch

You seem bewildered by the amount of hate mail you received from atheists, agnostics and Humanists as a result of your comments. Let me be clear here: I don't think anyone should threaten you for your opinions, no matter how hateful they are -- and they are hateful.

The World We Never Knew

Steve Garcia | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Steve Garcia

Alexander Hamilton warned about the dangers of "unreasonable religion." Conservatives are attempting to recreate a world that never existed. They insist that the United States is a Christian nation with no room for secular thought or other religions.

When Politics Gets Trumped by Religion

David Macaray | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

Our history is filled with paradoxes. Although we regularly hear people refer with pride to our Founding Fathers, it's unclear whether they're familiar with the relevant dates.

Tim Tebow: A Secular Perspective

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

While secularists may disagree with his extremely public exhibitions of faith, there presently doesn't seem to be much to complain about and a good deal to laud.

Five Recommendations for a New Politeness

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.04.2012 | Media
Roy Speckhardt

With political correctness an irreformable term, and chivalry having its own baggage, perhaps we can learn to be polite without allowing it to hamper our ability to be opinionated.

Is America A Christian Nation?

David Lose | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Believe it or not, this is a more complicated question than one might imagine. The United States has always been home to a multitude of faith traditions and, indeed, was imagined from the beginning to be a religious haven.

A Christian Gives Thanks That America Is Not A Christian Nation

Parker J. Palmer | Posted 01.24.2012 | Religion
Parker J. Palmer

As a Christian who does his best to take reason as seriously as I take faith, I find it impossible to understand America as a "Christian nation" -- and I believe that there are vibrant possibilities in the fact that it is not.

We Can Gather Together

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

If sitting down and rationally and peacefully talking among people of different religions is unworkable, perhaps creating interfaith families would be a way to bring disparate people together.

Is Palin Following My Suggested Tour?

Bennet Kelley | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Last May, I responded to Sarah Palin's "Christian Nation" and other controversial comments by suggesting that she take a bus tour to meet "real Americ...

The Anointed Leaders Of The Religious Right

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 07.18.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

American evangelicals, Fox News, and now the Republican Party take their intellectual cues from a roster of remarkably similar populists who head media empires.

The Return Of 'Christian America'?

Kevin M. Schultz | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Kevin M. Schultz

There is a long history to the idea that the United States is a Christian nation. The idea has come and gone with the prevailing politics.

War, Conscience And Killing With 'Absolute Certainty'

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Absolute certainty can lead to behaviors that are absolutely wrong. Prior to his conversion the apostle Paul was absolutely certain he was right to persecute Christians.

'War on Christmas' Comes to the Fore

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

This year's holiday season has seen a notable influx in secular and atheist billboards and bus banners sarcastically challenging the veracity of the Christmas story. One in New Jersey reads: "You KNOW it's a myth. This season, celebrate reason."

The Christian Right in Context, Part 1: The Long View

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

The Christian Right has claimed from its inception that others -- liberals, secularists and humanists -- were eroding the values of the nation that they sought to affirm and protect. In that claim we find the seeds of the current American crisis.

A Third Way For The 'Christian Nation' Debate

Gabe Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gabe Lyons

Rather than being engaged in a divisive cultural war in the hopes of turning back time, Young Christians are engaged in pressing social concerns that benefit the common good -- not just the Christian good.

Have Riches and Privilege Made Americans Un-Christian?

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Freeman

What ails me to the bone and marrow is that most of my fellow citizens would wear a Jesus cross proudly beneath their flag lapel pin. They boisterously call for our return to being a "Christian nation."

The Myth Of A 'Christian Nation'

Religion News Service | By A. James Rudin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By A. James Rudin Religion News Service (RNS) The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan is credited with saying that "everyone is entitled to their own o...

Taking on the GOP's "Fairy Tale Politics"

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Obama needs to combat the GOP's Fairy Tale Politics so that voters understand how we got into this mess and that it simply is too risky to go back to Neverland.