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The Mt. Soledad Cross and the Religious Case for Secularization

Kent Hayden, M.Div. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Kent Hayden, M.Div.

Those who are able to encounter the sacred through those symbols should join the voices of the protesters and call for a more secular state.

End of Elite Denominational Headquarters

Martin Marty | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Less noticed has been the changing fate of buildings known by the code-name "Headquarters," which serve denominations, dioceses, synods, conventions and other religious extra-local agencies

Religio-Secular

Martin Marty | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

"Our Secular Future: The redefinition of religious liberty in American society" is a promising and threatening reflection by Richard R. Reno in the Jesuit-based weekly America (February 24, 2014). It turns out that the article deals more with the subtitle "religious liberty" than with "secularity" in "our" future.

Meaningless Surveys: The Faulty 'Mathematics' of the 'Nones

Steven Ramey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Might the Nones, in fact, be a social construction rather than an actual reality? If so, what's the hype, and why aren't people questioning the method behind the (socially constructed) madness?

America's Religious Future: Dechristianization (Not Secularization)

Gary Laderman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

What is this country coming to? Anyone who pays attention to religion in America can see monumental changes and conflicts affecting the present and looming in the future.

Can Atheism Really Replace Religion?

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.30.2013 | Science
Nigel Barber

The perceived importance of religion (or religiosity) declines predictably with development (however measured), allowing one to predict how long it will take for religion to become unimportant for the majority of the global population. It will take approximately a quarter-century.

Fox's Phoney War

David Trumble | Posted 02.08.2013 | Media
David Trumble

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Uruguay: A Secular Outpost Legalizes Abortion

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Nigel Barber

Uruguay is as secular as Switzerland or Germany, and it just legalized abortion. Given that poorer countries are generally more religious, one would expect Uruguay to be more devout than Germany. Why is religion so weak there?

The God Spot Revisited: Spirituality As Evolved Brain Function

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.20.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

It makes sense that the brain might be specialized for religious experiences. Indeed, an evolutionary perspective on religion implies that humans are inherently susceptible to religious views.

Atheism To Defeat Religion By 2038

Nigel Barber | Posted 08.05.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

Is the loss of religious belief something fear? Contrary to the claims of religious leaders, Godless countries are highly moral nations with an unusual level of social trust, economic equality, low crime and a high level of civic engagement.

Church-Goers Now A Minority In America

John Shook, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
John Shook, Ph.D.

One measure of the decline of church strength and authority is church membership and attendance. And by that measure, US secularity is rising to surprising heights.

College Kills Religion Santorum Says

Nigel Barber | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Nigel Barber

That is what Rick Santorum claimed in a This Week interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired on February 26. Intrigued by the Santorum claim, I did a little fact checking.

When Will Atheism Prevail Over Religion?

Nigel Barber | Posted 01.02.2012 | Home
Nigel Barber

If we assume that prosperity is responsible for declining religiosity in the world, and that prosperity will continue to increase, it is possible to estimate the date at which the world will switch over from being a majority believing in God to majority atheist.

How To Make A Strong Atheist

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Throughout most of our history, mortal concerns were ever-present. While the good life breeds atheists, the good life and a little fear breed strong atheists.

The War On Christmas Is Over ... And Christmas Lost

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

You've seen the endless TV commercials and web ads that wink at Christmas without daring to mention "He Who Must Not Be Named." Christ may be the new Voldemort. Face it: The war on Christmas is lost.

The Spiritual Messages Of Hanukkah And Christmas ... And Their Downsides

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Lerner

Christmas and Hanukkah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair.

Former Church of England Head Bemoans Secularization of Christmas

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Al Webb Religion News Service LONDON -- Former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has slammed attempts to "air-brush" Christianity out...

Pope To Tackle Secularism In Portugal Trip

Religion News Service | By Francis X. Rocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Pope Benedict XVI travels to Portugal next week (May 11-14), the primary purpose wi...

Pope Creating New Vatican Office To 'Re-Evangelize' The West

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is creating a new Vatican office to fight secularization and "re-evangelize" the West – a tacit acknowled...

The Right Not To Be Offended: The Supreme Court And Religion

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

We are witnessing the emergence of an unstated yet court-sanctioned right, one that makes no appearance in the Constitution and yet seems to trump the First Amendment at every turn: the right to not be offended.

Religion Needs Atheism

Samir Selmanovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Samir Selmanovic

Atheism does not have to be the end of the enchantment; it can be a new door towards a better religion. Religion does not have to be the opium of the people; it can be the poetry of the people.

Losing Your Religion? How to Talk to Your Kids

Valerie Tarico | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Valerie Tarico

No matter what age the kids are or what the situation, telling them you no longer believe can be tricky. Help them to understand your changes as a matter of spiritual growth rather than spiritual abandonment.