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Viewpoints: Why is faith falling in the US?

- - BBC News - 22 August 2012 Comments

A new poll suggests that atheism is on the rise in the US, while those who consider themselves religious has dropped. What's the cause? Two writers debate. Thousands attended an atheism rally in...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Atheist group targets presidential candidates' faith with billboards

Dan Merica - CNN - 13 August 2012 Comments

A prominent atheist group is using next month's Democratic National Convention to take aim at the presidential candidates' religion, putting up billboards targeting Mormonism and Christianity in...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, SECULARISM

Is Richard Dawkins a bully?

Neil Ormerod - Religion and Ethics - 13 August 2012 Comments

In the preface to his best-selling book The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins explains the fundamental reason for writing the book: "If this book works as I intend, the religious readers who open it...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Atheist wants to know why Christians express joy in knowing their friends are going to be tortured in hell!?

Don Lacey - Tucson Citizen - 13 August 2012 Comments

Jim Wilson, for this argument, assumes there is a Christian God and a hell. He then examines the character of those Christians that seem to take pleasure in telling their friends that they’re going...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Ireland second only to Vietnam in loss of religious sentiment

Patsy McGarry - Irish Times - 08 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Tyler Durden for the link In a survey of more than 50 countries, Ireland has experienced the second-greatest drop in recent years in the percentage of the population that claims...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

The tragedy at the heart of New Atheism

Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith - CatholicHerald.co.uk - 03 August 2012 Comments

Belief in an ordered universe is hard to reconcile with a tragic view of life Richard Dawkins poses on a London bus displaying an atheist advertisement (PA) I remember sitting up and taking...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Westboro Baptist Church: "Praise God for The Clergy Project"

Justin Vacula - Examiner - 31 July 2012 Comments

The Clergy Project – a private, invitation only, online peer support community for active and former clergy who no longer hold supernatural beliefs – has drawn the attention of the Westboro Baptist...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Atheist Chaplain’s Assistant delivers powerful speech

Justin Griffith - - - 21 July 2012 Comments

Sergeant Nicholas Amann’s re-enlistment ceremony was not typical by any means. Sgt. Amman is not your typical soldier. He’s prior-infantry but re-classed to chaplain’s assistant so he could help...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, SECULARISM

Former Methodist pastor talks about her move to atheism

Stoyan Zaimov - National Post - 13 July 2012 Comments

A former Methodist worship and teaching pastor who served in ministry for 20 years before becoming an atheist has been appointed as the American Atheists’ public relations director. In an...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Don’t trust the religious

PZ Myers - Salon - 03 July 2012 Comments

Jesse Bering faces a serious dilemma, and as usual, he resolves it using his academic specialty, psychology. It’s an excellent example of failing to see the forest for the trees. I was brought up...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Thoughts of death make only the religious more devout

Stephanie Pappas - MSNBC - 21 June 2012 Comments

Thanks to Ivan for the link Thinking about death makes Christians and Muslims, but not atheists, more likely to believe in God, new research finds, suggesting that the old saying about "no...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Unbelieving preachers get help to 'come out' as open atheists

Dan Merica - CNN - 14 June 2012 15 Comments

Some of the 2,791 comments on CNN are great. Minister-turned-atheist Jerry DeWitt speaks at ReasonFest in Kansas earlier this year. (CNN) – Jerry DeWitt entered the ministry when he was...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Belief In God Plummets Among Youth (CHART)

Sahil Kapur - TPM - 13 June 2012 47 Comments

The younger generation is abandoning God in droves. A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that belief in the existence of God has dropped 15 points in the last five years among...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Former Louisiana pastor tells humanists about his conversion to nonbelief

Bruce Nolan - The Times-Picayune - 13 June 2012 13 Comments

Among 325 or so atheists, agnostics, humanists and other nonbelievers gathered here at a convention of the American Humanist Association this weekend, Jerry DeWitt of DeRidder was just a face in...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Church pastors become atheists

- - click2houston.com - 12 June 2012 19 Comments

Houston-area pastor one of first to make decision public More than 200 church leaders across the country now say they no longer believe in God, including a Houston-area pastor who was one...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Search for truth leads to rejection of religion

Joshua Everett - LaCrosseTribune.com - 11 June 2012 34 Comments

Joshua Everett is a member of the La Crosse Area Freethought Society. I am an ordained, fundamentalist evangelical Christian minister — and an atheist. It might seem counterintuitive to read such...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Update - Podcast June 5 Interview with Peter Boghossian - "Faith: Pretending to know things you don't know"

Jacob Fortin - The Good Atheist - 07 June 2012 103 Comments

Update 7-Jun-2012 Podcast from The Good Atheist Also, for those of you paying attention, here are the 5 points mentioned on the show: Faith claims are knowledge claims Don’t use the word...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, SPEECHES

From the Edge of Faith to the Embrace of Reason

Teresa MacBain - YouTube - TheClergyProject - 05 June 2012 8 Comments

June 3, 2012 at the Center for Inquiry Indiana.

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, SPEECHES

Falling from Faith: When Pastors Stop Believing

Frederick Schmidt - A Response from Al Stefanelli - patheos - Progressive Christian - 01 June 2012 15 Comments

What are we doing as a church to form clergy that can navigate the complexities of life and faith? An increasing amount of attention is being given to ministers who lose their faith. In less than...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

How to tell if you’re an atheist

Daniel Dennett - The Washington Post - 30 May 2012 33 Comments

In March 2010, On Faith published a study by Linda LaScola and me, reporting on our project to find and interview, confidentially, non-believing clergy. The discussion at On Faith, and...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION