Category Archives: atheism

An atheist law professor gets a bit muddled about atheism

Dr. Daniel H. Cole of Indiana University describes himself on his webpage as “Professor of Law (Maurer School) and a member of the Affiliated Faculty of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. I am also a Life Member of Clare Hall (College of Advanced Studies), University of Cambridge.” Judging […]

Unequivocal evidence for God? I don’t think so.

Here we ago again: it’s my last day in Poland and I’m compelled by the Universe to take on yet another set of arguments for God—arguments set out in a piece that reader Steve sent me with the comment: “weapons grade horseshit.” And indeed, this is equine excreta of the WMD class, set out in […]

Newsflash: Salon publishes piece urging more strident atheism

Salon, which has devoted a lot of space to reprehensible articles bashing New Atheism, has finally allowed one of us to strike back—Jeffrey Tayler, a contributing editor at The Atlantic. His piece, “15 ways atheists can stand up for rationality,” is eminently sensible and, surprisingly, calls for us to be more strident, criticizing faith at nearly […]

Bill O’Reilly and Chris Stedman ally against The War on Christmas

Chris Stedman is the assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard University, and author of the accommodationist book Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (perhaps its title was stolen from this website!). Here’s a discussion he had with the odious Bill O’Reilly on December 6: According to Stedman, the #1 problem of atheists is that […]

Guest post: A reader’s deconversion story

One of our readers, Mark Joseph, mentioned in an earlier comment that he used to be a missionary. A simple query by me led to his producing a small essay about how and why he abandoned Christianity.  I thought that putting this up was a good way to begin the new year. Two notes: this […]

In defense of Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens died two years ago yesterday—has it been so long?—and yet journalists continue to attack him. To me that’s a measure of his influence, and I see the attacks as motivated by two factors: resentment of the success of New Atheism, and the laziness of journalists, who can, by attacking strident and militant atheists (even […]

Worldwide punishment for nonbelief, blasphemy, and apostasy

Surprise! Atheists are discriminated against—legally.  Well, we probably knew that about countries like Bangladesh, but it’s been documented by an official survey, reported in Sunday’s New York Times, “Atheists face death in 13 countries, global discrimination: study.” The survey is by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), and you can find their own summary here. […]

“The Unbelievers” out in two days

You’ve certainly heard of the documentary movie “The Unbelievers,” which follows Larry Krauss and Richard Dawkins around as they travel from place to place, giving talks and having public conversations. It will be in theaters in two days. You can find the movie’s website here, which has a bunch of information and photos like this […]

Was Nelson Mandela an atheist?

Does it really matter?  It matters as little to me as whether Einstein was a theist (which he almost certainly wasn’t). As Steve Weinberg has noted, with or without religion, good people will do good things, and Mandela was a good person. Over at Reality Report, Gregory Paul, the paleontologist, artist, and freelance sociologist (who […]

A picture from The Great Agnostic

I’ve been tracking down quotes from Robert G. Ingersoll, the subject of Susan Jacoby’s new book, The Great Agnostic: Robert G. Ingersoll and American Freethought.  I’ve been mightily impressed with the man: he was a strident atheist before it was cool (or uncool) to be strident, and as eloquent as Hitchens.  He was also reputed […]

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