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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

From Bible-Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader

Robert F. Worth - New York Times - 22 August 2012 Comments

Late one night in early May 2011, a preacher named Jerry DeWitt was lying in bed in DeRidder, La., when his phone rang. He picked it up and heard an anguished, familiar voice. It was Natosha...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

Playboy Interview with Richard Dawkins

Chip Rowe - Playboy - 20 August 2012 Comments

Richard Dawkins, the patron saint of nonbelievers, caused a stir earlier this year during a debate with the Archbishop of Canterbury, who noted that his opponent is often described as the world’s...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, INTERVIEWS, RICHARD DAWKINS

Atheists find a new venue for the godless: on film

Kimberly Winston - Washington Post - 19 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Quine for the link There were no red carpets, no paparazzi, no celebrities and definitely no God at the recent annual Atheist Film Festival. Instead, there were more than a...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

Albert Einstein's Historic 1954 "God Letter" Handwritten Shortly Before His Death

- - eBay auction - 15 August 2012 Comments

Religious apologists cannot entirely be blamed for claiming Albert Einstein as one of their own. He was fond of quoting "God" as a poetic metaphor, in rather irresponsible fashion although, to be...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

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

Why does the left wing ignore atheists?

Adam Lee - Salon - 08 August 2012 Comments

The renowned physicist Max Planck once said, “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

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

Boycott call over Dawkins talk

Jane Candlish - The Press and Journal - 07 August 2012 Comments

People are being urged to boycott a talk by atheist Professor Richard Dawkins in the Western Isles heartland of the Free Church. The man whose best-selling book The God Delusion argues that belief...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RICHARD DAWKINS

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

'Where was God in Aurora?' comments show Internet as church for atheists

Dan Gilgoff - CNN - 02 August 2012 Comments

Some atheists may ask questions on the Internet that they wouldn't have asked in church. The Internet has become the de facto global church for atheists, agnostics and other doubters of God, who...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, GENERAL INTEREST

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

Atheists 101: Seth MacFarlane

- - Atheists United - 26 July 2012 Comments

During our monthly meetings, we have a segment called Atheists 101. It’s a time when we highlight notable atheists from around the world and throughout history. People featured have contributed to...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

Atheists making political inroads

David Niose - Newsday - 22 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Quinefor the link For the first time ever, a majority of Americans would now vote for a qualified presidential candidate who is an atheist. Fifty-four percent said so in a Gallup...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

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

Do Atheists Have Deathbed Conversions?

Tom Jacobs - Pacific Standard - 18 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Dan Lewandowski for the link (mangojuicy /Shutterstock) Are there atheists in foxholes? That timeless question (the literal answer to which is yes) is a shorthand way of asking...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, BEHAVIOR

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

Existence of Atheists Offends Christians

- - Atheist Revolution - 11 July 2012 Comments

Of all the messages I've seen on atheist billboards, this has always been one of my favorites. It is brief, simple, and tells atheists that there are others like them. Oh, and it also offends...

TAGGED: ATHEISM