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Moving Beyond A Human Image Of God

Jeffrey Small | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

The view of God as a supernatural being like us, only more powerful, is one of the principal reasons behind the rise of atheism in the Western world and the spiritual apathy of many people today.

Atheists, Humanists Resolve to Give More

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

As we head into 2011, humanist leaders around the world have resolved to give more and get their fellow freethinkers to do the same.

An Atheist Christmas Is No Christmas At All

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

It's been my observation that there hasn't been much talk of God for decades of Christmas, ur, rather "holiday" seasons. Seems to me that God and faith have been oh-so-politically incorrect.

Wendy Kaminer, "Hate Speech," and Campus Censorship

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Check out Wendy Kaminer's great column, "Debating Hate Speech," over at The Atlantic: Last week I engaged in an online Intelligence Squared debate abo...

How Should Religion Behave In Public?

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Religious believers, like everyone else in the public domain, must subject their moral principles and standards to the political test of scrutiny and analysis.

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.

The Purpose Of The Universe

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Is it not arrogant to imagine that something as puny as a human being can have a purpose, but to assert that something as grand as the universe cannot?

A Grander View of Evolution, Sans Voodoo

David Vognar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Vognar

A major reason for global political and personal problems is our misunderstanding of and blind conformity to cultural codes of attraction that reinforce insecurities, fear and social Darwinism.

Dawkins at Duke: Just the Facts, Ma'am

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

At times, with its mention of Web sites and the suggestion that people organize and send money, Richard Dawkins' lecture on Sunday had the feel of a political rally. Most of the time, however, it was pretty glorious science.

Is Religion Good For Us? Former Dawkins Acolyte Now Says Yes!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Maybe religion is beneficial, after all. That's the natural inference to draw from psychologist Susan Blackmore's sudden reversal of her long-held position that religion is a parasite on human existence.

Memes, Mind and The Examined Life

Richard Geldard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard Geldard

Ralph Waldo Emerson has been our national conscience for over 150 years. His fundamental recommendation to us is this: before you step out into the world to act, find out who and what you are first.

Richard Dawkins Likens Burqas To Trash Bags, Speaks Of 'Visceral Revulsion' To Islamic Veils

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Outspoken British academic Richard Dawkins has sparked outrage by likening the burqa to a "full bin liner." [The British phrase for trash bag.] In...

Resolved: Eating Animals Is Indefensible

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Bruce Friedrich

I've been spending a lot of time discussing the ethics of eating animals with college debate teams; I argue that vegetarianism is an ethical imperative, and my adversaries argue that it's not.

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.

A Darwinian Can Be a Christian, Too

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

Those of us who think that science and religion can be reconciled need to keep searching for a satisfactory solution to the puzzle of the necessity of humans and the non-directionality of Darwinism.

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.

The Temptation of Faith Fibbing for Jesus

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

The rule that many Christians seem to follow when they lay their hands on their keyboards is "Ridicule your enemies; misrepresent those who hate you; caricature and malign those that mistreat you."

Richard Dawkins: Arrest The Pope During UK Visit

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, two of the world's most prominent atheist intellectuals, are seeking means to try the pope for crimes agains...

The Catholic Church: Why Richard Dawkins Was Right and I Was Wrong

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

The Catholic Church shows no concern whatsoever for its victims of abuse, only fear of the story getting out. It is corrupt and should be eradicated.

Atheism, Conversion, and Class

Shelley Emling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shelley Emling

Converts to theism are disproportionately from upper and upper-middle-class social groups while converts to atheism are disproportionately from lower social groups.

Intelligent Design: Did God Create Through Law or Miracle?

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

If God created through miracle, why do organisms all carry the marks of a lawbound origin, evolution through natural selection? If He created through law, why did He use such a painful and at times dysfunctional mechanism as natural selection?

The Unseen And Unknowable Has No Place In Science

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Michael Johnson

For those of you who grew up being taught to believe in unseen and unknowable forces but are now feeling like you've been hoodwinked, don't be afraid to say so.

Social Darwinism: A Bad Idea With a Worse Name

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

If there's no connection to evolution, then why is it called social Darwinism? It shouldn't be -- and it's time we changed the name to stop the confusion.

Atheists Meet In Melbourne To Celebrate Lack Of Faith

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, Australia is bringing together more than 2,000 scientists, philosophers, writers, and comedians to celebra...

Bringing the Vatican to Justice

Sam Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sam Harris

I confess that, as a critic of religion, I have paid too little attention to the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. But now I have been awakened from my unconscionable slumber on this issue.