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The Sad, Silly Idea Of 'Religion for Atheists'

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 05.13.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

When God and belief are stripped out of the equation, we are left with rituals and practices that are primarily hedonistic and hollow. What de Botton offers us is "religion for atheists," but what he gives us is pseudo-religion and empty routine.

Opening Ourselves By Opening The Science-Religion Debate

Paul Wallace | Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion
Paul Wallace

Facing the radical insufficiency of even our best ideas about God, even for a moment, may help us see the static and fruitless opposition that characterizes much of the science-religion debate.

Why The Reason Rally Isn't Worth Coming Out For

Nathalie Rothschild | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Nathalie Rothschild

Supporters of the Reason Rally say they want to promote secular values, but in asserting that they are beleaguered and ought to forge a sense of togetherness based on that, they reveal that their true roots lie in therapy culture and in its relative - identity politics.

Why The Universe Obviously Has A Creator (and Why Some Atheists Refuse To Even Consider It)

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

To make the scientific claim that one will "go where the evidence leads," while not even considering the obvious possibility of a deliberate Creator, is to be intellectually dishonest at best.

Richard Dawkins' Concession Not Quite Revelatory

Vlad Chituc | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Vlad Chituc

Prominent atheists such as Dawkins are understandably sources of controversy. But he doesn't deserve to be a needless target for manufactured controversy.

Meme Wars and the Death of the Underground

Rajiv Naresh | Posted 04.17.2012 | Media
Rajiv Naresh

We must consolidate a singular identity. With 845 million users worldwide, Facebook has decided on behalf of the cyber universe that everything MUST be social. And the tyranny of a compulsorily social world is that it negates the possibility of the underground and the alternative.

Religious Self-Definition A Major Issue In Dawkins's Poor Debate Performance

Christopher Lane | Posted 04.17.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

The performance in question has Dawkins stumbling, uncharacteristically, when pressed to give the full title to Darwin's major treatise "On the Origin of Species." Dawkins declared that he'd been "ambushed" by the question.

Atheist Turns To God To Answer Question On Evolution

Posted 02.16.2012 | Religion

In his book "The God Delusion," leading atheist Richard Dawkins famously argued that belief in a supernatural creator is irrational and that believing...

SLIDESHOW: Scientists On God

The Huffington Post | Tavish Nanda | Posted 02.11.2012 | Science

Figuring God into the world of science is a nebulous task. What happens when observers of the fact-based natural world must come to terms with the fai...

Finding Health in the Theme of Memes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Unlike genes, over which we do not have true mastery and are unlikely to any time soon, memes are of our own devising. We have the means to make them do what we want.

Two Ways Of Thinking About Agnosticism: Hitchens vs. Dawkins

Christopher Lane | Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

That Hitchens took a glass-half-full approach to agnostics is notable because it's sharply at odds with the line of his compatriot, Richard Dawkins, whose thoughts on agnostics are almost uniformly negative.

A View From Inside The Jaipur Literature Festival

Monisha Rajesh | Posted 03.26.2012 | Books
Monisha Rajesh

Bigotry. Intolerance. Censorship. Not words that you would normally associate with a literature festival. Yet, over the last six days at the Jaipur Literature Festival, they've dominated panel discussions, been whispered during readings, and littered furious debates around tea stalls.

'Woody Allen Of Cosmology' Explains Origin Of Universe

AP | By ANN LEVIN | Posted 01.09.2012 | Science

-- "A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing" (Free Press), by Lawrence M. Krauss: In fall 2009, the theoretical physicist...

The 10 Most Absurd Things Said About Women In 2011

Posted 12.28.2011 | Women

Mallory Ortberg | Eco Salon This post originally appeared on EcoSalon. With beliefs like these floating around, we have to remind ourselves th...

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.

The Origins Of Christmas

Jeffrey Small | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

What is more important to me than the mechanics of Jesus' birth is that he was an historical figure who came to be viewed as "the Christ," the Messiah.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Richard Dawkins And The Evolution Of Homosexuality

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.06.2012 | Education

It is an interesting exercise to look at how genetic contributions of homosexuality may have been preserved and passed down by our ancestors. Dr. Richard Dawkins' take on the evolution of the "gay gene" is fascinating, elegant, and quite clever.

War Of The Worldviews: Let's Talk God

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.24.2011 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Scientific atheists like Richard Dawkins use every tactic they can find to make it seem that science can disprove God. But in simplest terms, you can't prove that something doesn't exist.

The Catholic Church And Child Abuse: Deja Vu All Over Again

Michael Ruse | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

Too often, established religion does make possible evil things and clearly the Kansas City situation is one such case. The authority and attitude of the bishop makes what happened all too possible and common.

Richard Dawkins Takes the Magic Out of Reality

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.10.2011 | Books
Deepak Chopra

Blinded by his atheistic certainty, Dawkins promulgates a notion of science that is already outmoded. He isolates himself from scientists who are far-sighted enough to leave all possible solutions on the table.

WATCH: O'Reilly, Famous Atheist Clash Fiercely

Posted 12.06.2011 | Media

Bill O'Reilly debated creationism on Wednesday's "O'Reilly Factor" with biologist and famous atheist Richard Dawkins. Not surprisingly, things got a l...

Understanding Color Perception: Is Your 'Red' The Same As My 'Red?'

Mark Changizi, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Changizi, Ph.D.

How do we know that your "red" looks the same as my "red"? For all we know, your "red" looks like my "blue." In fact, for all we know your "red" looks nothing like any of my colors at all.

Do Atheists Have A Sexism Problem?

Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion

By Kimberly Winston Religion News Service (RNS) Rebecca Watson meant it as a funny story, almost an aside. In a video blog, the popular skeptic...

On Not Being A Scientific Simpleton

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Contemporary science and Christian faith co-exist peacefully in Polkinghorne's worldview. Neither science nor religion has to be distorted to get all the ideas into the same head

Does Questioning Evolution Make You Anti-Science?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The very essence of science is to question and that stifling doubt is a sin that religion was quite guilty of in the past and that science should refrain from repeating it in the present.