Category Archives: atheism

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 […]

“It’s courageous to choose the truth, even if it means abandoning what you know”: a Jewish woman becomes an atheist at ninety

As 90-year-old Razie notes in this entertaining documentary, “Bacon & God’s Wrath”, her deconversion from Judaism began with her foray onto the Internet, seeking recipes. When she began typing things into the Google search box, the Big Changes Began. (See the video by clicking the screenshot below, which takes you to a New Yorker piece containing the whole 9-minute film and […]

Lindsay and Boghossian take down Trump

My friend Peter Boghossian (a philosophy professor at Portland State) called my attention to a piece that he and James Lindsay (a mathematician and author) have published at Quillette: “The article about Trump nobody will publish.” (Quillette appears to be replacing Slate as the go-to place for secular and atheist writing.) Their piece begins with this […]

Dawkins’s Reason Rally speech

I didn’t go to the Reason Rally a week ago because I was in Boston, but I doubt I would have gone anyway, for I’m beginning to tire of many of these convocations (not all of them—some include science, psychology, and philosophy talks that go beyond personal deconversion tales or rah-rah calls for nonbelief). Richard Dawkins, one […]

A documentary about Hitchens and his debates with an evangelical Christian

Since we’ve been discussing Christopher Hitchens’s discussions of religion with the faithful, Michael Shermer sent me a link to this 1.5-hour documentary about Hitchens’s interactions and debates with one Christian man. Michael’s description: Along the lines of what I mentioned previously about how Hitch would often engage people “on the other side” in order to […]

University of Miami creates a professorship for studying atheism

Well, it’s only fair; after all, there are a gazillion professors of religion on Earth! And now we have a small step to rectify that situation: according to the New York Times, the University of Miami has established a chair for the study of atheism, presumably to be filled by a full professor: With an […]

A friend of Hitchens writes to the NYT: the man wasn’t waffling on religion

Peter Foges is a film and television producer who was apparently a friend of Christopher Hitchens. Angered by a Times piece in which vulture Larry Alex Taunton touted his new book arguing that Hitchens was, at the end of his life, flirting with becoming a Christian, Foges wrote this response to Taunton in the Times: It would be […]