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9-11 and the Rise of New Atheism

Staks Rosch | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Staks Rosch

Sadly it has taken this terrible act of terrorism to kick start the resurgence of atheism in our modern society and to motivate atheists to organize.

God Doesn't Need Our Protection

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

God doesn't need the protection of black belt theological defenders. But to the extent that God gets a kick out of anything, I suspect it has to do with the love we show one another and the awe with which we behold the universe.

Frank Schaeffer: The God-Believing Atheist

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

One phrase comes to mind, time and again, when I think of Frank Schaeffer: 'THINK AGAIN.' Any time I think I have a handle on things theological, he seems to find the thread, hanging from the edges, and gives it a good, solid yank.

The Embarrassment of Noah

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.01.2014 | Entertainment
Ronald A. Lindsay

The makers of the film assure us that they have tried to stay true to the values of a story that is a "cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide." I think the filmmakers have stayed true to those values. The problem is these values are morally repugnant.

The Problem With 'Religious Privilege'

Walker Bristol | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Walker Bristol

Atheists in America face some measure of discrimination, and we want a way to talk about that discrimination so that it's taken seriously. But our approach thus far is setting us back, and may even be putting us in conflict with identity groups who could and ought to be alongside us in a struggle towards pluralistic understanding.

An End to Arrogant Atheism

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

When critique becomes belittling, when poking fun becomes ridiculing, the respect that is the foundation for any meaningful conversation is lost.

The War on Atheists

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

There's another current in our American culture that runs deep and is seriously problematic, probably even the worm that will eventually lead to the fall of the American empire: We are profoundly anti-intellectual.

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.

Remembering Christopher Hitchens: Religious Belief and Hitch's Greatest Hits

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 02.17.2014 | Books
G. Elijah Dann

Was Hitchens' incredulity acerbic and coarse? Irreverent and obscene? Depends on your tastes and sensitivities. More importantly, these qualities were imbedded in charm and wit that set up the discussion of religion in a way that awoke our reflective capacities.

Theology Is Not About God: An Open Letter to Jerry A. Coyne

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

One day, New Atheists may convert the world to reason and usher in a thousand years of humanistic peace. When that happens, sure, let's get theology out of colleges and universities.

Is Religion of any Practical Use?

Nigel Barber | Posted 12.24.2013 | World
Nigel Barber

Rival religions expend a great deal of effort in magnifying minor differences between them. Yet, the major world religions fulfill similar functions and endorse analogous codes of conduct. They may also provide similar emotional and practical advantages.

The Rising Antiscience

Victor Stenger | Posted 11.27.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

Faith would not be such a negative force in society if it were just about religion. However, the magical thinking that becomes deeply ingrained whenever blind faith rules over facts warps all areas of life.

Showing God Does Not Exist

Victor Stenger | Posted 10.15.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

Faith is foolish because it leads people to irrational decisions that pose great dangers to the survival of humanity, such as opposing birth control and thinking that global warming is no problem because God would never let it harm us.

The Day I Lost My Faith

Jerry DeWitt | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Jerry DeWitt

There was no one particular event, no one particular day when faith suddenly disappeared. Over the course of 25 years, my ever-reasoning conscious forcibly stripped blind-faith from my heart one layer at a time, until to my surprise, it was completely gone.

God, Revised: The Atheists Are Half Right

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rev. Galen Guengerich

Conventional wisdom suggests otherwise, saying that science is more likely to kill religion than rescue it, but I'm convinced that science is the last best hope for religion in the modern world.

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.

New Atheists, Old Tricks

Davide Mastracci | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Davide Mastracci

I am an atheist because I tend to not believe in things I have no evidence for. Yet New Atheists believe scores of myths, with no evidence, about Muslims and Islam.

Is Richard Dawkins Really The World's Leading Intellectual?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Dawkins on biology is an elegant, lucid and even enchanting explicator of science. Dawkins on religion is historically uninformed, outrageously partisan and morally obtuse. If Dawkins is indeed our best, the life of the mind is in a precarious state.

Idolatry Of The Written Word

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

Christianity is shipwrecked on the rock of "biblical authority." Twelve hundred people a day leave the church. The Bible, once an asset, has become a liability.

Richard Dawkins And The Unbearable Smugness Of Tweeting

Scott Stephens | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Scott Stephens

Dawkins' views on religion are by now extremely well-known, to the point of cultural saturation thanks to the media's fixation with him. But the dogmatic assertions and withering dismissals that made Dawkins a media-darling lend themselves particularly well to the anarchic medium of Twitter, where his unjustifiable claims can shrug off any residual requirement for justification.

Even If It Was A Muslim, So What?

Vlad Chituc | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Vlad Chituc

There have always been fringes in every group that will kill for their cause, but we rarely extrapolate beyond their group membership to make generalizations based on religion, ideology or color. But if we find out tomorrow that the bomber was a Muslim, then I don't think we can say the same. And that's a problem.

Continuing the Class Discussion

Walker Bristol | Posted 05.10.2013 | Religion
Walker Bristol

In the wake of my piece last week, "The New Atheist Movement Should Care About Poverty," a variety of commentators -- some a part of the movement, some unaffiliated atheists and agnostics, some religious -- have weighed in. Naturally, I wanted to keep the discussion going.

Dawkins, Dennett And Hitchens: The New Theists?

Peter Rollins | Posted 05.10.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

There is a form of atheism that is closer to the divine than the standard theism witnessed in the church. For wherever a concern of beauty, an embrace of life and a love of liberation are exhibited the sacred is proclaimed.

'We Are Made Of Star Stuff': Religion In The 21st Century

Akash Arasu | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Akash Arasu

Religion has always been a broad topic. Rather than simply being two sides of the same coin, a discussion on religion is an octagonal die, loaded with biases, experiences and deeply rooted beliefs. In the end, everyone must find their own, without treading on others.

Are Atheists The New Campus Crusaders?

Religion Dispatches | Katherine Don | Posted 02.08.2013 | Religion

This month at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a select group of students will show their humanitarian spirit by participating in the B...