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We need God for a sense of purpose in life, at least according to the vast majority of mainstream perspectives in American society.
For those of us who have hidden part of our identities from people we know and love, finally revealing that thing can be daunting.
Sarah Green remembers feeling like she didn’t belong in her own state after discovering that Tennessee’s constitution bars people who don’t believe in God from holding public office.
The way Islam understands God shapes their culture. And the way the West understands God shapes ours.
It is an organizing approach far different from those in the days when larger-than-life leaders like the Moral Majority founder, Jerry Falwell, or Pat Robertson could activate evangelical voters simply by anointing a candidate.
According to the New York Times, Mayor de Blasio has been irking his liberal allies by his repeated efforts to chip away at the wall of separation between church and state.
In Christianity, the 41,000 reported denominations of the religion have to differentiate themselves somehow–and they do it with marker beliefs.
The most important skill in journalism is the ability to accurately state the views of someone with whom you disagree.
A new project bringing together science and religion is unlikely to end the long and sometimes bitter debate over the relationship between the two.
In How Jesus Became God, Ehrman demonstrates that Jesus was worshiped as a god from basically day one. The notion that High Christology developed later, false.
Tired of being told their religion dictates subservience to men, Muslim women are reclaiming Islam for themselves.
A “friendly family” of atheists from North Carolina has recently been featured in a CNN article called “The new face of atheism.”
Some would have us believe that religious freedom is under assault in Texas and that government must do something about it. We question whether this is true.
The reporter next alights on a Taize prayer meeting, an 1,100-member United Methodist Church that serves the homeless and a “post-Christian” Metropolitan Community Church whose pastor is “an openly polyamorous leatherman.”
A fundamentalist Christian ideology called Dominionism is currently infiltrating a segment of the Christian Right. As a political movement, it seeks to overthrow democracy and transform America into a biblical theocracy.
Speaking of religion in Britain, here is some news that’s been widely reported on secular sites, so I won’t dwell on it long.
Now the country’s small atheist community is voicing alarm about what it says are increasing levels of intolerance and ignorance towards it, fueled by the country’s pro-Islamist government.
Dr. Andy Bannister of RZIM answers the question, “Is atheism a religion?” Want to read more widely on this question? Check out Andy’s essay “The Scandinavian Skeptic” (or “Why Atheism Is a Belief System”).
A wave of legislation by conservative lawmakers seeks to ostracize gay and lesbian citizens at the state level even as the Supreme Court prepares to establish what would amount to a national standard on same-sex marriage.
The New York Times over the weekend ran a provocative column by Kevin M. Kruse, a history professor at Princeton University, on the origins of the “Christian nation” myth.
Although I am an atheist, I believe that religion serves a very important purpose in our capitalist society. Most of us live, almost like slaves, being controlled by our employers.
Atheists like me, in our rejection of belief in an afterlife, see the world we live in now as the only one there is and, thus, must take every step necessary to cherish and protect it.
The Church of England is set to invest £700,000 in a new program that aims to promote greater engagement between Christian leaders and the scientific community.
Since there are obviously democratic nations with lots of engaged, involved Christians, that should settle the question before any debate begins, right?