Category Archives: atheism

Boghossian, Linday and Torres extol New Atheism in Time Magazine

It’s a sign of the times, and of Time Magazine itself, that three atheists—Peter Boghossian, James Lindsay, and Phil Torres—can publish piece at that venue arguing that atheism is a useful way out of the malfeasance of religious extremism. You can read the short piece yourself, but I’ll give two quotes from “How to fight extremism with […]

Templeton hands out nearly $3 million to learn why people are atheists

Here is three million dollars down the tubes—money that could be used to advance our understanding of nature. Yes, the John Templeton Foundation—which is again mad at me for criticizing them yesterday and has asked for a “meeting”—has given a grant of nearly $3 million to the University of Kent so that underemployed religious scholars, sociologists, […]

Why the “nones” leave religion: US and UK getting less religious

The Pew organization, which certainly has no bias that I can detect against religion, had reanalyzed some data from its 2014 U.S. “Religious landscape study,” asking people who said they were both “nones” (those not affiliated with a church) and also had formerly been raised as church members but later abandoned that membership. The results are […]

Penn Jillette confesses that he’s adopted Christianity, and then discusses “Islamophobia”

Well, see for yourself. Here on The Big Think, Penn Jillette, famous magician and well-known atheist and libertarian, talks for 13 minutes about “Islamophobia.” After meeting a Muslim who became an atheist, but couldn’t admit it to others for fear of his life, Penn apparently realized the problems with Islamophobia, and talks about them for […]

Peter Boghossian’s “Atheos” app now available

Peter Boghossian, a friend and philosopher at Portland State University, has been working on an app after publishing his well-received book A Manual for Creating Atheists.  Called “Atheos,” the app was just released on iTunes by Peter and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. It helps you clarify both your own beliefs and well as giving […]

The Great Agnostic praises a fine dram

For a lighthearted end of the day, here’s a series of letters from and to the Great Agnostic, Robert G. Ingersoll. I’ve read quite a bit of his stuff, and he was the most eloquent and “strident” atheist writer of his time—the Hitchens of the 19th century. By all accounts Ingersoll, despite his nonbelief, was a saintly […]

How would you explain why you’re an atheist?

I believe I wrote one post, a long time ago, asking readers to recount their journey to nonbelief. That, I thought, would not only help us get to know each other, but to appreciate the diversity of ways that people either embraced atheism from the outset, or did so while leaving their faith. Today, though, […]

Big Think: 3 questions will tell you how religious you’re likely to be

I’m not so sure that “The Big Think” (TBT)  website deserves its name, as the Thinks there are often pretty small. But this headline caught my attention (click on screenshot to go to the site; h/t reader Ant): “So what are the questions?”, you’re asking yourself. I’ll give you those in a second. First, a bit […]

Document found in which Shelley declared himself an atheist

Many of us know that the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was an atheist, and some also know that he was one of the first “out” atheists in Britain. In 1811, while a first-year undergraduate at Oxford, Shelley published an inflammatory pamphlet, The Necessity of Atheism, (You can read it online here.) I couldn’t find out […]

“Bacon and God’s Wrath” for international viewers

It seems that several viewers outside the U.S. were unable to see the lovely short film “Bacon & God’s Wrath” that I mentioned yesterday. Reader Heather Hastie found a link that worked–at least in New Zealand. Click on the screenshot below, and then go to the right, where it says “watch the short film,” click on […]