Category Archives: atheism

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, […]

An atheist comes out in Milwaukee Magazine

Most large cities in the U.S. have a magazine named after that city, highlighting the local events, restaurants, concerts, and so on. Milwaukee, about 1.5 hours north of Chicago, is no exception (Chicago has its magazine, too). Milwaukee is known as a conservative, hard-working and largely blue collar town, which makes it even more surprising that, […]

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 […]


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