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"The World Would Be a Better Place Without Religion" -- A Sentiment Common on College Campuses

Nick Sexton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Nick Sexton

It's important to remember that even though someone might identify as part of a certain religion, it does not mean that he or she has to accept everything that the religion's figurehead espouses.

Fire in the Pews: Pentecostal-Catholic Competition Reviving Religion in Latin America

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Greater attendance at Mass. The flowering of a Catholic charismatic movement with lay leadership and culturally sensitive worship that also shares the Pentecostal commitment to evangelism. And a revered global leader emerging from its ranks.

Atheist Grandfather Wants Grandchildren To 'Enjoy Life Now,' Because 'There Is No Afterlife'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

Wayne Hensler, an atheist farmer in his mid-80s, has purchased an atheist-themed billboard in Janesville, Wis. as a “legacy for [his] grandchildren....

Quebec's Charter of No Values Jeopardizes Only the Christian Cross

T. Sher Singh | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

In it's desperate clawing for political power, Quebec's separatist party -- the Parti Quebecois -- has turned to toying with its citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms with the hope that it will polarize the electorate ... in the party's favour.

Is The 'Charter Of Quebec Values' Xenophobic?

Religion News Service | Ron Csillag | Posted 09.13.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Quebec’s government this week introduced its much-discussed Charter of Quebec Values, which would ban “overt and conspicuous” religious sy...

The Role of Religious Ethics in Public Policy

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

We have to get beyond the 'religion or secularism' dichotomy regarding moral values and to do so some basic points need to be made.

WATCH: Black Women Speak Openly About Identifying As Atheists

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.01.2013 | Black Voices

Religious skepticism isn't new to black America. But in recent years, more blacks are identifying as secularist. On HuffPost Live Wednesday, a gro...

Pathfinders Project Seeks to Spread Health and Education to Those in Need

Blake Page | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Blake Page

Studies have reflected that the non-religious are as charitable, and in some instances more charitable, than the religious when it comes to acts of kindness and other forms of donation.

The World's Most And Least Religious Countries

Posted 07.25.2013 | Religion

Which countries are the most and least religious? The WIN-Gallup International "Religion and Atheism Index" collected data from 57 countries in order ...

WATCH: Mystical Publishing Miracle -- Gibran's Enduring Legacy

David Tereshchuk | Posted 09.11.2013 | Books
David Tereshchuk

A global publishing phenomenon has long fascinated me. Ranking number three among the world's best-selling poets -- after Shakespeare and Lao Tsu -- is Kahlil Gibran

The New Secular Strategy

Victor Stenger | Posted 09.08.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

Rather than protest the religious displays, which has not met with much success anyway, the new strategy is, "If you can't beat them, join them." It seems to be working. If public spaces are to be open forums and all voices are heard, then how can anyone complain?

In Praise of Secular Church Services (Written by a Former Minister)

Jerry DeWitt | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Jerry DeWitt

I believe that there's nothing wrong with borrowing from -- or adopting -- certain aspects of religious tradition and making them work within a secular context.

The Day I Lost My Faith

Jerry DeWitt | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Jerry DeWitt

There was no one particular event, no one particular day when faith suddenly disappeared. Over the course of 25 years, my ever-reasoning conscious forcibly stripped blind-faith from my heart one layer at a time, until to my surprise, it was completely gone.

"Atheist Church," Century-old Jewish Baths, Missionary Abuse, Secularism In Europe And More Religion Headlines

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion

A new "atheist church?" A wildly popular British atheist group that's become known as the "atheist church" is planning to give secular fellowship a...

The Top 10 Arguments Against Gay Marriage: All Receive Failing Grades!

Murray Lipp | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

There is no logical or reasonable basis for denying same-sex couples access to secular marriage laws. Opposing the inevitable (marriage equality) is a waste of time, money and energy.

Religion, Secularity And Suicide

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

We all know, or think we do, what religion is. Nor is there any question in anyone's mind regarding the finality of suicide. But regardless of all the ranting against secularism by churchmen or religionists, there seems to be quite a bit of confusion on the subject.

The Rapture Came on Groundhog Day: News of Pentagon Meeting Prompts a New Threat of Armageddon

Blake Page | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Blake Page

Perhaps you've heard the rumor going around that the military is discriminating against Christians. Perhaps you think there are new regulations, or new policies, or someone being court marshaled for their beliefs.

An Open Letter to Barack Obama: Are You My President, Too?

Blake Page | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Blake Page

If our leaders in government believe in a representative republic, I would ask that you produce for us a representative chaplaincy. As it stands, the chaplaincy does not come close to demographic alignment with the religious diversity of our armed forces.

Is Atheism Only For The Upper Class?

Daniel Cox | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Daniel Cox

One of the more notable findings from a recent American Values Survey analysis is that atheists and agnostics have significantly higher socio-economic status than either secular Americans or unattached believers.

America's Challenge in the Arab World

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The Arab public sphere is dominated by narratives that emphasize deep animosity toward the United States. Such suspicions often are rooted in real differences over policy. But they are also driven by self-serving machinations.

As If God Did Not Exist

The European Magazine | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
The European Magazine

The story of Jesus' suffering isn't the exclusive property of the Catholic Church or of Christians. It belongs to everybody. Fragments from the Christian tradition are found in songs of the Beatles and in the writings of Albert Camus. What are the consequences of these observations?

Religious Freedom, Meet Secularism: Your Best Ally

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Tom Krattenmaker

Secularism is not about total godlessness. It is, more precisely, a model of church and state in which government is not under the control of a church authority, and no churches or individuals are having their religious practice and beliefs, or non-belief, dictated by the government.

Religious-Secular Clashes in Turkish Politics

Peter Henne | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Peter Henne

There is a significant cultural divide in Turkey today. Secular, Westernized and liberal segments of society are worlds apart from conservative, pious communities in the interior of Turkey.

Is America A Christian Or Secular Nation?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

If you want to know what the Treaty of Tripoli is and why we should be so cautious when interpreting those cryptic 16 words of the religion clauses of the First Amendment, then listen to Professor Fea's rich and detailed reflections on our foundational documents.

Why the World Needs More Spiritual Heroes

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 05.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

"The way I see leadership is that a leader is really the symbolic soul of group consciousness. And the soul is our core consciousness, for lack of a better word, where we find meaning, context, relationships, and the yearning to access the larger archetypal being that we really are."