Category Archives: atheism

Open thread: how did you become an atheist?

by Grania We’ve often talked about reasons for being an atheist on this site, but not so much about how we became atheists – that is if we weren’t one before. Probably few of us had as dramatic an experience as Jerry’s own Road to Damascus deconversion experience where there was one pivotal moment that marked: […]

Brother Tayler’s Sunday Sermon: Conservatives’ reaction to the gay marriage ruling

The 5-4 Supreme Court decision in favor of gay marriage was too close for my taste: I predicted 6-3. Too many decisions are being decided by that 5-4 vote—a serious sign of political polarization in the highest court of the U.S. And the problem is that the conservative justices show no sign of retiring, while many […]

The Agenda: Science vs. religion

The Agenda television show broadcast yesterday on TVO is now archived at this site, but you can see the individual segments in order by clicking on the screenshots below. The theme of Steve Paikin’s show was “Science, Religion, and Atheism.” I went first, with the segment described like this: Since Galileo’s lifetime house arrest in 1632 for his […]

Crowdsourcing an answer for a young atheist

On Sunday I received an unusual email that was so mature, and so desirous of an answer, that I couldn’t help but respond. It comes from a young woman, only 13 years old, who attends middle school in the eastern U.S.  I have changed her real name to Linda, and have redacted her location in the […]

The response

Of course we get ridiculed, tortured and killed anyway. . . . 

A godless French song

George Brassens (1921-1981) was a well known French poet, singer and songwriter who, as you can tell from this song about unbelief, was a renegade (he called himself an anarchist). He also loved cats, which are often mentioned in his songs. The song was sent, and the English translation rendered, by a reader who describes herself as […]

Jeffrey Tayler’s Sunday Salon secular sermon

Brother Tayler has once again gone after religion in the Sunday Salon. This time his piece, which discusses—nay, eviscerates—Jeb Bush’s commencement address at the fundamentalist Liberty “University,” is called “Jeb Bush cozies up to haters: Jerry Falwell, Liberty University, and the real story of religious right evil.” I’ll leave you to luxuriate in Tayler’s anti-theism, but […]

“There can’t be a practical reason for believing what isn’t true”: Bertrand Russell on his unbelief

In only 3.5 minutes, this great video disposes of many of the “utility” arguments for belief that constantly swarm about us like annoying flies. I may have posted this some time in the last six years, but I can’t be arsed to look it up, and at any rate I hear that Richard Dawkins tw**ted this […]

The tenacity of belief in belief

The recent Pew Report on “America’s changing religious landscape” showed, over the last 7 years, a sharp decline in adherents to mainline Protestantism and Catholicism in the U.S., and a corresponding increase in the numbers of religiously “unaffiliated” (the latter went from 16.1% in 2007 to 22.8% last year).  Now, not all of the “unaffiliated” are nonbelievers: […]

Brother Tayler’s Sunday Salon Sermon

Even though 2015 is not even half over, I’m already going to present two yearly awards. Professor Ceiling Cat’s “George Orwell Award for Defense of Free Expression” is going to Nick Cohen, whose work, pretty new to me, must be well known to many UK readers. The other award, the “H. L. Mencken Award for Mockery of […]

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