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Vlad Chituc
Vlad Chituc is a lab manager and research associate at a social neuroscience lab at Duke University and the former president of the Secular Student Alliance at Yale. He contributes to and helps manage the atheist-interfaith blog, NonProphet Status

Entries by Vlad Chituc

Even if It Was a Muslim, So What?

(17) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 2:52 PM

The New York Post has been receiving serious and justifiable criticism  for their reporting on the Boston Marathon. Citing police sources, the paper reported that 12 people had died in the attacks and that a "Saudi national" had been taken into custody. Of course, the death toll was thankfully a...

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Femen: Please Slow Your Roll

(22) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 2:07 PM

FEMEN, a "sextremist" feminist group based in Ukraine and known for their topless protests, organized "International Topless Jihad Day" this past Thursday. A 19-year-old Tunisian FEMEN activist, Amina Tyler, had posted topless photos of herself on Facebook with the words "Fuck your morals" and "My body is my own and...

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Why This Atheist is Observing Lent

(13) Comments | Posted February 23, 2013 | 1:22 PM

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This is my second year practicing Lent. It's not that I've recently converted to Catholicism, or that I'm only...

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Simplifying Our Language: A Defense of Agnosticism

(340) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 5:34 PM

I don't think it's too controversial to expect the language and labels we use to tell us something substantive about what we believe. As it stands, though, the words "atheist" and "agnostic" don't really tell us much at all. Many atheists often argue that everyone who isn't a believer is...

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The Internet Probably Hasn't Made People Less Religious

(12) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 3:27 PM

This post originally appeared on NonProphet Status.

If there was a single cultural currency of the atheist movement, it would undeniably be the Internet language of memes, macros, and Facebook screencaps. Though atheists still make up only around 3-8 percent of the population, depending on...

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The Evolution of Religion: God or the Group

(184) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 10:46 AM

This post originally appeared on NonProphet Status.

In the New York Times Opinion Pages shortly before Christmas, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote about the evolution of religion. This is of particular interest to me, and I encourage readers to explore work by psychologist Jesse Bering, such as his...

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Why Pluralism Should Matter to Atheists

(387) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 2:45 PM

Three years ago, Chris Stedman, my good friend and author of "Faitheist," started the blog NonProphet Status. There was no venue for atheists to join in interreligious dialogue, so Chris created a space where believers and atheists alike could share their stories, humanize one another, and promote pluralism...

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It's Time to Get to Know the 'Nones'

(92) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 10:44 AM

Last year, the president of the largest atheist organization in the United States spoke to a group of students organized for the 2011 Secular Student Alliance leadership conference. A focal point of his talk on the future of atheism was the idea of a "sleeping giant," or what...

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Richard Dawkins' Concession Not Quite Revelatory

(44) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 6:15 PM

In a recent debate with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Richard Dawkins stirred some controversy by conceding that he wasn't completely certain that God doesn't exist.

The archbishop prodded Dawkins by suggesting that the Oxford evolutionary biologist believed he had "disproved God," a claim Dawkins then denied....

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Lent for Atheists

(353) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 4:20 PM

I walked into Commons early yesterday morning and saw blue-gray smears dotting the foreheads of a handful of my classmates. I'm embarrassed to admit that I was strangely surprised. Of course, I knew that it was Ash Wednesday. I knew that the beads and colored drinks from last night's Feb...

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