Category Archives: atheism

Coming out: is it really that bad to be an atheist?

JAC: Grania has fairly strong feelings that if you’re not facing immediate ostracism or other sanctions by coming out as an atheist, you should do so.  She wrote a brief post on her opinion, which is conditioned by the unique situation in Ireland, where parents are forced to dissimulate about their beliefs, and it’s below. […]

Fearless Faith: how students can keep their faith in the face of atheist professors

Reader Chris sent me this item with the note, “I am loath to call this one interesting, but it’s right up your alley; Christians pushing for apologetics in college to stop the hemorrhaging. Then again, consider the source.” Well, the source is The Christian Examiner, and the short article is called “College students need apologetics in face-off […]

Why you should come out as an atheist

One reason I like to lecture in the South is that I think it helps nonbelievers in that part of the country—atheists who feel alone because they’re basically apostates—realize that there are others like them. So many times I’ve heard the story that a Southern nonbeliever thought he or she was isolated, and then found […]

Deep Thoughts

BuzzFeed compilation: How do atheists find meaning in life?

Author Tom Chivers sometimes writes at Buzzfeed, where he’s a welcome exception to the usual clickbait-compilers at that site (see my post on his nice article  about how doctors would like to die). His latest effort involved interviewing several of us heathens about how nonbelievers find meaning in life. As you well know, theists seem deeply puzzled by this question, […]

Kudos to Arian Foster: the first active professional athlete in the U.S. to admit he’s an atheist

Two years ago I wrote about Arian Foster, a star running back for the Houston Texans football team, and discussed some advice he had written (and published) for his daughter. The telling item in “Six things I’ll try to teach my daughter” was the last: 6. The flying spaghetti monster. There are billions of people on Earth with hundreds of religions […]

An exchange in Austin

Professor Ceiling Cat (observing Matt Dillahunty’s four cats): “I think the cat should be the Official Pet of Atheists™.” Matt: It’s actually the other way around: the atheist is the Official Pet of Cats.

Sin and The Sinner

by Grania I noticed a comment that said something along the lines of trying to find common ground for a person while despising most of their political beliefs was somewhat like the old Christian aphorism “Love the sinner, hate the sin”.   It’s a slogan that makes most liberal people, even  non-atheists, choke a little. But it […]

Sam Harris does another Ask Me Anything

by Grania Sam Harris recently did his second podcast on The Tim Ferriss Experiment, it’s a very enjoyable listen for a Sunday morning. From the show notes, these are the questions discussed. What are five books you think everyone should read? [6:53] In The End of Faith, you briefly discuss the challenging reality of having children. […]

An interview with Bonya Ahmed

by Grania Jerry put up a quote from Nick Cohen’s article this morning that mentioned Bonya Ahmed and Avijiit Roy who were attacked by Islamist extremists with meat cleavers after leaving a book fair in Dhaka. BBC World Service (radio) has an interview with her about their writing, humanism and her life since her husband’s death. The […]

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