Category Archives: religion

The rise in secularism: 25% of “millennial” Americans are atheists, agnostics, or don’t see religion as personally important

Two days ago I wrote about the recent Pew report showing a decline in American Christianity (curiously, evangelicals aren’t declining nearly as much as mainline Protestants and Catholics), as well as a marked rise in the proportion of atheists, agnostics, and “nones,” with “nones” being those lacking formal affiliation to a church. Over at the New […]

The good news: big attrition of Christians in the U.S., atheists and agnostics increasing

I’m giving the good news to you first, as there’s bad news immediately to come. A Pew Survey released today, which polled more than 35,000 adults, shows that the proportion of Christians in America is dropping sharply, while the “unaffiliated” are taking their place. As the report notes, The Christian share of the U.S. population is […]

Articles: odds and ends

Professor Ceiling Cat is a bit low today for reasons I’ll describe in the next post. The upshot is that my brain hurts and I have nothing substantive to say, at least for a few hours. In light of that lacuna, let me call your attention to three articles that you may want to read. ******* […]

Is religion a superstition?

Believers often get angry when one describes religion as a “superstition,” for they don’t want their beloved faith analogized in any way with rabbits’ feet, four-leaf clovers, or ghosts. A superstition I had as a child, and one I still rarely entertain though I don’t believe it for a second, is not stepping on sidewalk […]

Bad news: “nones” projected to fall as percentage of worldwide population

Most of you have probably heard of this recent Pew Survey projecting how, from demographic data, the world’s religions will fare over the period between 2010 and 2050. Sadly, although the number of the religously “unaffiliated” (nonbelievers plus believers without a church) will rise a tad during those four decades, the proportion will fall a tad. Further bad news, […]

A Christian nation?

by Greg Mayer In an op-ed piece in Sunday’s New York Times, the historian Kevin Kruse asks, Is the United States a Christian nation? It is a common claim among Christian theocrats (those whom Andrew Sullivan has aptly called ‘Christianists’) that America is a Christian nation—that somehow the basic structures of the American government are […]

Religion fades in the U.S.

Just remember, you heard it here first, and a fair while back: religion is on its way out in the U.S., no matter what John Gray claims. The diminution of faith in my land is much to be welcomed, and, according to Tobin Grant at the Religious News Service, is the ineluctable conclusion of the latest […]

Jeffrey Tayler on the salacious Bible

Jeffrey Tayler continues his series of anti-theist pieces in Salon with an analysis of sexuality in the Bible (in particular, the King James version): “The Bible should be X-rated: The Good Book is loaded with sexy sin—someone tell Mike Huckabee.” The piece is an analysis of both the salacious and the unwholesome sexual acts detailed in […]

Wonkette finds Jesus!

If you follow U.S. politics, especially the doings in Washington, D.C. you’ll know of Ana Marie Cox, who achieved internet fame with her snarky political blog Wonkette. That site, and her writing, was known for its sharp tone, its humor and sarcasm, and for breaking more than one important political story. Cox gave up that website in […]

Is it okay to lie about Jesus?

I usually listen to National Public Radio when I’m doing my Saturday-morning shopping, but the thought of having to hear the oliagenous Krista Tippett sometimes drives me away, and today it drove me to an even more religious station—Moody Radio Chicago. It’s a production of the Moody Bible Institute, a famous evangelical Christian seminary and […]


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