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Religious Belief

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.

On the Journey Towards Sincerity

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

While working on our own sincerity, we have to realize that the reality is, we will rarely meet sincere people. We will rarely meet people who will genuinely step out of themselves to attempt to see things from our perspective and act accordingly.

Why Believe in God but Not Santa Claus?

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.23.2014 | Science
Nigel Barber

Why do religious people trash some implausible beliefs but keep others? Perhaps they get something out of the beliefs they keep.

The Spirit of Now

Roger Housden | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Roger Housden

They are drawn to take the journey toward individuation rather than individualism, and for many, that journey is not just a progression toward a healthy ego--invaluable as that is in itself--but also an opening to the transcendent dimensions of human experience.

Some Americans Are Increasingly Ambivalent About Religion

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Elwood D. Watson

According to a 2013 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, the houses of worship are seeing more and more empty pews.

Awe Increases Religious Belief

Matthew Hutson | Posted 02.12.2014 | Science
Matthew Hutson

An analysis of astronauts' reports reveals that for many, the awesomeness of spaceflight increased their belief in God. New research may explain why.

Why Is Your Religion Powerless to Change You? To Change the World?

Steve McSwain | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Why is your religion and/or religious belief powerless to change you? Powerless to change the world? This might explain it... In Voice of Reason, a...

Religiosity More About Reproduction Than Cooperation

Rob Brooks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Rob Brooks

Why do religious beliefs vary so broadly? I'm not talking here about the near-cosmic diversity in the content of religious belief. Rather, I'd like to consider why some individuals seem fervently devout while others seem devoid of any superstition.

Religion and Refugees

Roberta Gately | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Roberta Gately

I'd seen refugee camps before, but there was a certain indescribable misery to this place, where children had lived their whole lives with little hope of escape or rescue. Where was God, I wondered. How could he allow such wretchedness to exist?

God and Morality: Asking the Wrong Question

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.09.2013 | Books
Jeff Schweitzer

Frans de Waal's new book The Bonobo and the Atheist asks a question that vexed Greek sages thousands of years ago and every philosopher since: are we moral because we believe in god, or do we believe in god because we are moral?

Our Stubborn Reluctance To Believe

Saul Segan | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Saul Segan

Ever notice when someone encounters an unhappy circumstance, they deem themselves being punished? Yet, when an incredible chain of remedial events take place, and they are rescued or delivered from a dilemma or catastrophe, they merely "lucked out?"

What We Talk About When We Talk About 'God'

Rob Bell | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Rob Bell

I realize that when I use the word God, there's a good chance I'm stepping on all kinds of land mines. Is there a more volatile word loaded down with more history, assumptions and expectations than that tired, old, relevant, electrically charged, provocative, fresh, antiquated yet ubiquitous as ever word God?

From Religions Of Exclusion Toward A Spirituality Of Inclusion

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 04.12.2013 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

Greater truth, and greater maturity, is found beyond the religions that exclude, and found within forms of spirituality, religion or even nonbelief that find their basis in inclusiveness.

Is Your Belief System The Result Of Choice -- Or Epiphany?

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

If everyone were coming from the same place, then being born-again thanks to an epiphany would be a valid prescription to cure all spiritual ills. But it is just not that simple.

What Theism Lacks: Humility, Imagination, and Curiosity

Staks Rosch | Posted 08.22.2012 | Science
Staks Rosch

Atheists (most of us anyway) think (with good reason) that we are insignificant on the cosmic scale and that our only significance comes from each other.

Survey Reveals Strong Link Between Age, Religious Faith

Posted 04.30.2012 | Science

By: Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor Published: 04/28/2012 05:24 PM EDT on LiveScience Across the world, people have varying levels of...

Logic Quashes Religious Belief, New Study Finds

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 06.26.2012 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

Psychologists at the University of British Columbia set out to determine whether critical thinking promotes religious disbelief. Their cleaver experiments show that this is indeed true. But before we risk launching off on another crusade of science against religion, a bit of background.

The Journey to Unbelief

Nicholas Warner | Posted 04.24.2012 | Home
Nicholas Warner

As a humanist, I value the remarkable achievements of science and what we have come to understand about the universe and I equally treasure the human experience of that universe.

Science, Religion And Religious Minimalism

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2012 | Religion
Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

Secular prophecies to the contrary, religion is not going away. And despite the hopes of certain nostalgic believers, religion will not regain, at least in the West, the social ascendancy it once enjoyed.

Is God My Brain? Neuroscience, Thankfulness And The Voices Inside My Head

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
G. Elijah Dann

What eventually become our conscious thoughts are the result of a long, arduous and competitive process deep within the brain. But where does God come into this discussion?

Evaluating the Post-Secular Return to Belief

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 10.18.2011 | Books
Feisal G. Mohamed

ave wounds of deadly hate pierced humanity -- and humanities scholars -- so deep that we are no longer capable of blind hopes?

Penn And Piers Debate Religion, Atheism

Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion

As part of Tuesday's episode of "Piers Morgan Tonight," magician and comedian Penn Jillette debated Morgan on the merits of atheism and religious beli...

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.

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Kabir Helminski | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Is religion an immature wish-fulfillment, a denial of our mortality, an abrogation of our human responsibilities, a sentimental lullaby for those unwilling to face harsh realities?