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Defying Our Maker: What The New Atheists Miss

Ted Cadsby | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

Of all the arguments employed to challenge the usefulness of religion, one is largely overlooked: the way religion feeds our tribal instinct.

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...

Why I Envy Atheists

Delia Lloyd | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Delia Lloyd

I left the church long ago and save a few masses here and there, but I don't think I'll ever go back to Catholicism. I experience that as a loss. And it's a painful one.

The Great Day Of The Lord Is Near

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 01.09.2012 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

God will have a time of intrusive self-assertion. There is among us a lot of craziness about such a time, and we get ludicrous time-tables and speculative imagery. But this poetry is none of that.

Welcome, Atheists. But, Really, Why Are You Here?

Eliot Daley | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Eliot Daley

I am impressed by how often certain atheists' posts make knowledgeable references to elements of faith and wonder if their quarrel is not so much with God.

Time Travel, Your Mother and the Limits of Science

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Kevin Bermeister

Despite the great strides that man has made in the past few hundred years, we still can say what Socrates said long ago: that the wisest man is the man who is most aware of his own ignorance.

New Allies In The Theist/Atheist Debate

Steve Volk | Posted 10.25.2011 | Religion
Steve Volk

If we're going to get beyond the typical exchanges between new atheists and the religious, I'd argue that it's through figures like Eagleman and Harris that we will find the most productive path.

Evolution And Christianity: Did We Arrive By Chance?

Michael Ruse | Posted 07.27.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

It is important to see if any shade of modern thought about the evolution of humans suggests that our appearance was inevitable. And I think Christians have still got a problem here.

Atheism's Odd Relationship With Morality

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

The reason that I can agree with many of the moral assertions that these atheists make is because they are not truly outgrowths of their purported philosophies, but rather of mine.

What's Being Lost In The Eternal God Debate

Mira Sucharov | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mira Sucharov

However well-intentioned, debating whether the world is solely material, social and psychological, or whether it is also imbued with divine force, is ultimately a dialogue of the deaf.

Is New Atheism A Religion?

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

Defining "religion" is notoriously difficult. Roman Catholicism is clearly a religion. But what about Quakerism? And if you include the Quakers, then what about the Rotarians and the Free Masons?

What's So New About The New Atheism?

Paul Pardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Pardi

The general consensus on the part of professional philosophers on all sides of the question is that the popular arguments being made by new atheists are not all that new.

A Ministry Of Dialoguing About Doubt

Rev. Jonathan Weyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jonathan Weyer

When conversations in our culture center on religious issues and doubt, false dichotomies are always given as the only choices. But belief is never that neat or clean.

Religion Is Evolving Before Our Eyes

Paul Pardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Pardi

The face of religion in the United States is changing dramatically. This seismic shift is not going unnoticed.

Anger At God Is Good for Atheists And Believers Alike

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Self-declared atheists not only report getting angry at God, but report higher levels of anger than that experienced by believers. How does that work? Why bother being angry at something which one doesn't believe even exists?

The Top 10 Religion Stories of 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By A. James Rudin Religion News Service (RNS)Here are my picks for the top 10 religion stories in 2010: 1. The major controversies that swirled ...

Making Space For Sane Spirituality

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

This diverse, unorganized mish-mash of open-minded seekers tends to approach spirituality in a reasonable, rational and pragmatic manner, and it's the fastest-growing religious category in America: spiritual but not religious.

Is My Religion Better than Your Religion?

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

There are many different religions in the world, and they make contradictory claims. They cannot all be true. Why therefore should we think any of them true? Is it not just a matter of chance what we believe?

The Quest For Inclusion In The Science And Religion Debate

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

We need all the friends we can get and it is stupid to alienate the liberal Christians who may disagree with us about the true status of their religion but who share our cultural and social values.

'Evangelical Atheists:' Pushing For What?

Chris Stedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

Is our top priority trying to do away with religion altogether, or is it trying to make the world a better place? If it is the latter, then we must change our approach, reach out to religious liberals and moderates and work together.

For Atheists and Believers, Ignorance Is No Excuse

John Shook, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shook, Ph.D.

How did know-nothing atheism and lazy theology grab the spotlight? This dead-end trap of mutually assured ignorance was not inevitable.

Reframing the Conversation After 'Anatomy of an Angry Atheist'

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

The very essence of religion is an experience of the mystery of being and the determination to incorporate practices in order to become a better human being. Religion points inward.

Does God Talk to Us Through Fiction? Unpacking a Non-Literal Interpretation of the Bible

Pete Enns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Pete Enns

Atheists need to do a better job of not letting Fundamentalists define for them how thoughtful Christians have been thinking about science and faith for a very long time.

Beyond the Theism/Atheism Divide: A Plea for Humility

John Thatamanil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Thatamanil

The squabbles between fundamentalists and the New Atheists are tragic because left-leaning religious communities and progressive atheists cannot find each other, thus failing to make common cause on a shared vision of ecological and social justice.

What Evangelicals and Atheists Have in Common

Skye Jethani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Skye Jethani

But I believe both the New Atheists (advocating life over God) and the Constitutional Evangelicals (advocating life under God) are far closer in their values and worldview than either would like to acknowledge.