Category Archives: religion

Open thread: the demise of religiosity in society

By Grania I apologize for two open threads in two days, Jerry’s back on the road and I had Stuff & Things to do today. Here’s another question that Jerry posed for us to discuss. If you could change one thing in your society that would lessen religiosity or cause it to gradually disappear*, what would […]

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: […]

Just a heads up: Jerry on Futureproof today

Jerry will be on Irish talk radio station Newstalk discussing his new book with Jonathan McCrea on Futureproof @newstalkscience this morning 12-1 PM GMT. That’s 6AM Chicago time, so I doubt our friends on the western side of the Atlantic will be out of bed yet, but they can catch up later. Listen live here UPDATE: the […]

Face the Nation panders to faith

Reader Doug sent me a link to the segment of “Face the Nation” with the note: Did you see Face the Nation’s segment on Charleston?  A long, shockingly fulsome ode to Christianity disguised as a news talk show.  It starts at 1:50.  Of course, they don’t ask why “god” allowed this to happen.  Really disappointing. […]

Are any criticisms of theism kosher? (Open Thread)

by Grania Spingies In the wake of complaints such as this one and angry reviews of Jerry’s new book Faith vs. Fact, one has to wonder whether any criticism of theism is acceptable or valid to a believer. One of the complaints that irks Jerry the most is the charge that he – or indeed we […]

Once more with feeling: final thoughts on Ireland’s Marriage Equality referendum #MarRef

by Grania Spingies Terry Pratchett once wrote: “Words have power, and one of the things they are able to do is get out of someone’s mouth before the speaker has the chance to stop them.” Pratchett was right, of course. I don’t think the Vatican can help it much, for Terminal Foot-In-Mouth Disease seems to […]

One of those days

Today we have a report from On the Spot by our Official Ireland Correspondent, writing about the gay marriage referendum, which just won approval in that Catholic country. by Grania Spingies Every once in a while you have a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. Sometimes it’s because of something […]

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: […]

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 […]


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