Category Archives: atheism

“What if your whole world was a cult?”: The NYT profiles Jerry DeWitt

I’ve met and talked to Jerry DeWitt several times; as you probably know, he was once a Christian Evangelical preacher in DeRidder, Louisiana, about as religious a town as exists in the U.S. But he gradually lost his faith and came out as an atheist. When he did that, he lost his wife, his job (of course), nearly all of his […]

Why do many atheists hate the New Atheists?

One thing I don’t fully understand is the depth of rancor that many atheists have towards the “New Atheists,” especially people like Dan Dennett, Sam Harris, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Richard Dawkins, and the late Christopher Hitchens. We’ve all seen it, and I’ve written about it many times. One example is a new book by An […]

Conservative Christian legal organization argues that public university football chaplains are equivalent to atheist professors

The Christian Post, whose format eerily resembles that of the Huffington Post (see below), reports that the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is pushing back On the Freedom from Religion Foundation’s (FFRF’s) claim that football team chaplains at public universities are an unconstitutional violation of the Establishment Clause. (See a precis of the FFRF’s complaint here.) […]

Loftus has a brand new book

In general, I dislike books or papers in which atheists tell believers how they should behave or think to improve their “religion skills”. Philosophers Michael Ruse and Elliott Sober have both done this, and I find the act unseemly—like giving a bottle to an alcoholic who really needs to abstain. But I’m making an exception […]

Agnosticism and atheism predominate among Harvard’s incoming (and virginal) students

This plot, which appeared in an article in the Washington Post, is taken from a survey by the Harvard Crimson (the student newspaper) of that university’s incoming freshmen (first-year students)Note that agnostics predominate over all other faiths, and, combined with atheists, show that 37.9% of all entering students are nonbelievers. I’m sure that’s atypical compared to other schools, but it’s still […]

Krauss promotes “militant atheism”—in the New Yorker, of all places

Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I heard that Lawrence Krauss had published a piece called “All scientists should be militant atheists“—and in The New Yorker, a venue not known for antagonism to religion. It’s amazing! Not only that, but look again at the shrill and strident title. But Krauss […]

Lawrence Krauss on the xenophobia inherent in religion

Here’s a new seven-minute Big Think video in which physicist and anti-theist Lawrence Krauss discusses religion. While he notes that faith has some good aspects, his overall take is negative, largely because religion is divisive and promotes xenophobia. I find it heartening that this strong criticism of faith appears on places like The Big Think, but a little bird […]

Ben Goren on a major problem of Christian theology

Reader Ben Goren often makes comments on this website about a major flaw of Christian belief: the failure of God (or Jesus, who’s the same thing if you accept the Trinity) to intervene in dire situations involving endangered lives. This is, of course, the insoluble “problem of evil.” Ben sent me a longer piece on it, which I […]

An atheist joke

There’s not much doing today (though we’ll have some science this week), but here’s a pretty good atheist joke sent by reader Glenn. An atheist was walking through the woods. ‘What majestic trees!”What powerful rivers!’ ‘What beautiful animals!’ He said to himself. As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson: a strident atheist?

It would seem so if you take at face value this statement that I found on Facebook: To most of us, I bet, this statement means that all religions are crazy, as they all make unwarranted truth claims, and the story of Xenu isn’t any loonier than the stories of talking donkeys, smited fig trees, […]


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