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Meme With Wings: Are Western Anti-Fracking Activists Funded by Putin's Russia?

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

With loud megaphones and ongoing geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and Russia with no end in sight, one can rest assured Rasmussen will not be the last one to repeat this meme, just as he was not the first.

Skepticism and a Million Dollar Challenge

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

When public perception is skewed and distorted, it's important to push back. I've found myself doing this in the arena of skepticism. Without a doubt ...

Richard Dawkins and the Mating Dance of Planets

Amir Aczel | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Amir Aczel

At an international conference in Mexico a few years ago, Richard Dawkins, having expounded at length on how sexual natural selection explains life on Earth without any need for a "creator," went on to say, "And I am sure that something like the principle of natural selection operates in the physical universe as well." Sounds totally silly? Well, there's more to it: a huge irony.

God Doesn't Need Our Protection

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.12.2014 | 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.

Why Are the Openly Secular Openly Disdained?

Robyn Blumner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Robyn Blumner

The trait people identified as the least desirable in a president: "Atheist." 53 percent of Americans said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who is an atheist. It beat out pot-smoker and adulterer.

God's Not Dead (But Even If He Is, He Deserves Better Than This Movie)

Mary C. Johnson | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Mary C. Johnson

Though I no longer consider myself a religious person, I remain intrigued by artistic explorations of faith. The trailer for God's Not Dead pitted an atheist philosophy professor against a Christian student.

The Optimist's Manifesto

Mark Matousek | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

Optimists are people who know what matters. Optimism does not mean believing that only good things will happen. It means that, regardless of what happens, you will make the most of it.

My Favorite Atheist

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Modern atheists could learn a great deal from Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872), the German thinker who inspired the atheism of Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche.

A Tale of Brandeis, Islam, Feminism and the Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

To be sure, leftists don't want to encourage the political right which has its own opportunistic and underhanded agenda in the Middle East. Yet, by sweeping controversy under the rug and not engaging in key debates, the left opens itself up for attack.

Richard Dawkins Opens the Door for Dream Research

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

Even someone like Dawkins, one of the world's greatest champions of scientific reason, recognizes that computer theories of dreaming are inadequate.

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.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 2)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

This is a continuation of my conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, who I met just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time f...

A God for Atheists

Stafford Betty | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Stafford Betty

The absurdity of God condemning non-Christians to hell is enough to destroy the childhood faith of many a thoughtful adolescent. A God who created the universe by merely wishing it into existence is almost as fatal.

The Growing Importance of an Atheist Community

Dan Arel | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

Atheists want the benefits of a secular society, but too many refuse to do the work. They are more concerned with a dictionary definition of atheism that they forget what is at stake.

To See By Common Light

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a scientist, always striving to see outside the tunnel, to apply the proper blend of skepticism and open-mindedness, that I write today to recommend a work of fiction as a source of surprising light.

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.

Controversy Erupts Over Creationism Debate

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.04.2014 | Science

Update (02/04/2014 6:40 pm EST): The debate has started. To follow, scroll down for live updates and/or just click here to watch the debate live on Hu...

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 1)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I met Faisal Saeed Al Mutar recently, just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time from Iraq. Both of us grew up in Middle Eas...

WATCH: Bill Nye Explains Why He's Doing Debate On Creationism

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Bill Nye is set to debate evolution with the founder of Kentucky's Creation Museum on Feb. 4, and the Science Guy is clear about what he thinks of cre...

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.

On Faith and Data

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I have clung to the conviction that truth is often immediately furtive, but relentless and ultimately indomitable. Seekers of truth are patient of necessity, obliged to be disciples of time. So far, I have kept the faith that eventually enough data would rally us to common understanding and common cause.

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.

Step Away From the Bible!

Kerry Walters | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Kerry Walters

So, to both the Dawkinite atheists and the Christian fundamentalists among us, I've one piece of advice. I'm sorry if it sounds harsh, but you've fumed and shouted and bloviated and obfuscated for too long. Put your Bibles down, shut up, and take an introductory English course.

The Rise and Fall of Militant Skepticism (Part 3)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

The bond between militant atheism and militant skepticism has been unusually strong, to the point where attacks on religion are delivered as if no rational, science-minded person could object.

Atheist Mega-Churches May Help Mend Relationships With Faithful

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

There has been a recent surge of "atheist mega-church" gatherings where nonbelievers pack into rooms for rousing music, inspirational lectures and reflection. It's an attempt to gain the benefit of a religious-like community, but without God.