"Most of us are introduced to God at about the same time as we hear about Santa Claus, but over the years our views of Santa mature and change, while our notion of God often gets stuck at an infantile level."
The NewStatesman asks "After God: What can atheists learn from believers?"
The findings for England and Wales from the 2011 British Census
have now been released. The BBC provides a handy guide
to changes by area while The Guardian has a neat infographic
and a set of Top 10 Charts
. [more inside]
'Everyone Has a Name' Project Everyone has a name. And everyone has a story. This photo project is dedicated to promoting dignity and to enlightening society's view of the homeless.
A project by Charlie O'Hay. [more inside]
A year and a half ago we discussed
Daniel Dennett's study of clergy who had lost their faith. In the meantime, he and Richard Dawkins have teamed up to start "The Clergy Project
," an online community for clergy
who are considering leaving the ministry because of their loss of faith, and former clergy who have already made the transition out. [more inside]
The Thinking Atheist: 'Nothing More To Talk About'
(SLYT) - Many religious family members pray for their atheist and agnostic loved ones graciously, honoring personal boundaries and showing respect for the skeptic's right to form his/her own worldview... This video is not about them...
Lack of Belief in gods
. SLYT; 10.00; "Explaining the concept, refuting common objections and giving a number of reasons that atheists are sometimes 'fervent'."
Ask the atheist
"Have a question for an atheist? Ever wonder what atheists think about morality, faith, science, etc.? How do atheists live their lives without a god? How do they know right from wrong? Are they just angry at god? Do they really NOT believe?" [more inside]
, atheist, skeptic and comic raconteur George Hrab is releasing his latest solo album Trebuchet
through CD Baby
and free mp3 download
[65MB].* Hrab talks about Trebuchet
with Swoopy and Derek on the Skepticality podcast
, on the Token Skeptic podcast
[46MB MP3], and with Karen Stollznow on the Point of Inquiry podcast
. [more inside]
, one of the foremost American theologians of the twentieth century, recently retired from Harvard, where he held the oldest tenured professorship in the nation. You've seen him discussed here before
for more bovine pursuits. But more importantly, he has argued that atheism is a passing fad
; his new book contends it emerges in response to factors that will change the face of faith in the coming generation
. Why should you care about an old theologian's last hurrah? His prior predictions have been right
"Ratzinger is an Evolutionist, which by definition makes one an athiest"
, is one of the reasons that this website
, in which the "true" catholic faith (different [?] from the other catholic faith
) is promoted, gives as to claiming Benedict XVI isn't the true pope. And to make their point they have elected a "real" pope themselves: Pope Pius XIII
His real name? Lucian Pulvermacher
) [more inside]
The Four Horsemen:
Just in time for holidays, enjoy a pleasant chat between the world's most famous atheists - Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett.
Does God Exist? The Nightline Face-Off
Former child star Kirk Cameron
and his evangelist colleague Ray Comfort
(infamous for their banana
argument) take on atheists
in a debate over the existence of God. Per usual, you can expect calm, cool, collected temperaments and absolute respect for a difference of opinion. Especially since both parties have been previously featured on Nightline, the former taking to the streets to challenge atheists
and the latter proposing a God-rejecting blasphemy challenge
. You know you're rubbing your hands in anticipation of the fireworks, but you better let Bill O'Reilly
weigh in first. For more youtube goodness, parts 1
of the Nightline piece (the full debate is available in the first link).
So there are crosses, stars of David, Buddhist wheels, etc, but what do atheists get? Well, "Nothing
" might be the proper symbol, but look here
. BTW, the American Atheist (MM O'Hare) symbo
l is the one the US Army
will put on the headstone of any atheist corpses they might find in foxholes.
"We have an academic community in which people are free to explore ideas."
Art student expelled after questioning a fellow classmate's belief in leprechauns
. To be fair, he was actually expelled for his "aggressive, demeaning, and threatening" behavior. Oh, and he blogs
The Baylor Religion Survey
(PDF) has been released, and - big surprise - Americans are religious. Just how religious? Although nearly a quarter of Americans believe in a "Distant god"
- an essentially deist view - only 5.2% consider themselves atheist and 89% subscribe to some kind of organized religion. More stats: There are more evangelical Protestants (33.6%) than mainline Protestants or members of traditionally black churches put together. Of all people affiliated with a religion, 93% are Christian. And those considering themselves biblical literalists are twice as likely to support a pro-military, anti-crime political agenda.
First they came for the atheists -
Arkansas state constitution says: "Atheists disqualified from holding office or testifying as witness:- No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any Court" Link to pdf, pg 74 in pdf(via reddit)
Do you ever get the calling to witness to atheists but don't respond because you don't know how to start? Have you ever tried, but got pulled around from one point to the next spending hours getting nowhere? Are you just too chicken to do it? Well fret no more - help is here! The Chat-O-Matic
is specifically designed to get you started on the right foot when debating skeptics on the Christian faith. It will also help you obey Jesus' command in not throwing your pearls before swine. (An Atheist Witnessing Tool for the rest of us)
"I don't see how you can be president at least from my perspective, how you can be president, without a relationship with the Lord,"
said George W. Bush yesterday. (Really? I do.
) While giant crosses are banned from next Thursday's inauguration,
Jesus likely won't be,
despite Michael Newdow's protestations. By the way, the benediction is scheduled to be delivered
by The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell,
who also got the honor in 2001. Back then, he said
to millions of bowed heads gathered to mark the beginning of the Bush presidency: "We respectfully submit this humble prayer in the name that's above all other names, Jesus, the Christ. Let all who agree say, 'Amen.'" After gay rights, is discrimination against atheists the next great civil rights battle of our time?
Or should we just shut up and move to France?
Boy Scouts tell
Atheist Eagle Scout he has one week to declare his belief or get out.
On membership applications, Boy Scouts
and adult leaders must say they recognize some higher power, not necessarily religious. "Mother Nature would be acceptable," said Brad Farmer, the Scout executive of the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts. Hmmmm...
The Proselytizing Atheist:
An interesting and, I'm assuming, non-sarcastic rant over at Adequacy.org.