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I Have Seen Angles Too

07/22/2014 06:13:00 AM

A right angle is equal to 90 degrees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I imagine there would be fewer atheists if only we'd get our heads out of our asses and accept everything Christians tell us uncritically. I mean, many of them have had experiences they c

Familiar Images of Hate

07/21/2014 04:54:00 AM

Attempting to block integration at the University of Alabama, Governor stands defiantly at the door while being confronted by Deputy U.S. Attorney General . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I can't say I've never hated anyone, but the few people I have hated

Why Does a Perfect God Have Human Flaws?

07/20/2014 09:00:00 AM

cuadro que representa a la Trinidad (santuario della Santissima Trinità - Vallepietra RM) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If the Christian god exists and is a perfect being, as Christians tell us, why is it that this god would have attributes that are wide

Seeking Input on Media Streaming Devices

07/18/2014 06:01:00 AM

Apple TV (Photo credit: bfishadow)I suspect that many of my readers are far more tech-savy than I am. A recent post by Sean over at My Secret Atheist Blog reminded me of something off-topic I've been meaning to ask you for some time. I'm in need of s

Skeptic Ink Blog Network Releases 13 Reasons to Doubt

07/17/2014 07:10:00 AM

Congratulations to the members of the Skeptic Ink blog network on the release of their new book, 13 Reasons To Doubt: Essays from the writers of Skeptic Ink, now available for Kindle. Pulling a volume like this together to feature the work of blogger

Atheism, Race, and Social Justice

07/16/2014 06:02:00 AM

Color Your life (Photo credit: Capture Queen ™)I read Sikivu Hutchinson's article, Atheism has a big race problem that no one's talking about, in The Washington Post when it first appeared. I then took some time to do what I have been taught to do:

Renting a Serial Killer's House

07/14/2014 06:44:00 AM

Drawing of a serial killer John Wayne Gacy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Imagine that you are searching for a place to live and you find a house for rent that seems too good to be true. It is in a nice area, seems well maintained, and the rent is surprisi

Room For More Atheist Blogs

07/13/2014 07:57:00 AM

Thinking (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)I heard from a reader recently via email who is thinking of starting an atheist blog. She noted that the atheist blog niche has expanded considerably over the last several years, and she's certainly right about tha

It Looks Like Christian Extremism

07/11/2014 05:20:00 AM

The picture of Holly Fisher below and one showing it side-by-side with a Muslim terrorist in an eerily similar pose have been making the rounds. In the last few days, I've seen them both on Twitter more times than I can count. Although the two images

Internet Name Calling as Social Justice Work

07/10/2014 05:11:00 AM

Sexual equality symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)There are many different issues that can be placed under the broad heading of social justice. For the purposes of this post, we just need to pick one that can be used as an example to inform the questio

No Ex-Christian Was Ever Really a Christian

07/09/2014 05:57:00 AM

MC Donalds in Wodzis?aw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It is no secret that Christianity, in some form or another, is quite popular in the United States. Thus, it makes sense that most of the atheists I've encountered who have grown up here are ex-Christi

Holding Back When Blogging

07/08/2014 05:51:00 AM

Skulptur "Refrain" von Juraj Gravula im Fennpfuhlpark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The first part of the tagline of this blog includes the phrase "breaking free from irrational belief," and this is something I've always understood as applying to me as we

Not All Charities Are Equally Trustworthy

07/06/2014 09:44:00 AM

The chains securing a Mazda MPV minivan being donated to a charitable organization to the flatbed of a tow tuck by its rear axle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)There are a near infinite number of ways to spend money to assist others. But because none of u

Healthy Patriotism vs. Blind Loyalty

07/04/2014 06:49:00 AM

Little patriot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I suppose it would be fair to say that the subject of patriotism has always been a bit of a struggle for me. I value the form of patriotism that involves giving a damn about one's country and wanting to improve

I Turned Myself Into An Empty Carcass

07/03/2014 14:22:00 PM

English: Jeff Walker of Carcass, live at Hole In The Sky, Bergen Metal Fest 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Like most atheist bloggers, I receive my share of unsolicited email from Christians. Although I'm often ambivalent about doing so, I try to shar

Jesus and Freddy Krueger

07/02/2014 05:44:00 AM

Englund as Freddy Krueger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In the horror genre, there is a recurrent theme one finds in many stories in which a supernatural villain derives its power from victims' fear. As long as potential victims believe in the monster, it

What To Do With Your Outrage Over the Hobby Lobby Ruling

07/01/2014 11:07:00 AM

Hobby Lobby in Mansfield, Ohio (Photo credit: Nicholas Eckhart)Everyone has heard about the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby by now. And if your experience is anything like mine, most of what you have heard has been heavy o

Sacrifice and Prayer

07/01/2014 05:10:00 AM

Category:Ancient Greek buildings and structures in Athens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Many ancient civilizations made sacrifices to their gods. Far more common than the few notorious examples of human sacrifice were those involving the sacrifice of anim

Richard Dawkins Stirs Up New Outrage on Twitter

06/29/2014 08:05:00 AM

You know that moment when you are scrolling through your Twitter feed and see something that makes you think, "Oh boy, this isn't going to end well" or something along those lines? This is what it looks like:That this tweet from Richard Dawkins was g

Mubarak Bala Receiving Media Attention

06/26/2014 13:45:00 PM

Mubarak Bala with his motherIt took awhile, but Mubarak Bala, the 29 year-old engineer hospitalized against his will in Nigeria for being an atheist, is beginning to receive some attention by the news media. Without looking too hard, I have seen repo

The Loss of Privilege

06/26/2014 05:23:00 AM

Bumper sticker car parked in Santa Cruz, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It makes sense to me that the loss of privilege would be difficult. Even if one doesn't perceive the privilege one has, as is often the case with privilege, I have to think

The Point of Atheist Invocations

06/25/2014 05:19:00 AM

Invocation by Gustave Doré. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We have seen the following scenario countless times. The Christians who run a local government decide to erect a nativity scene in a public building. They do not expect to encounter any problems,

The Atheist Community Isn't About Me

06/24/2014 04:39:00 AM

Football pitches at Aulton (Photo credit: Bill Harrison, Wikipedia)I often share posts I have enjoyed from other atheist bloggers on social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr). When I remember to do so, I also like to share their content

Godless Mom Seeking Help to Free Mubarak

06/22/2014 13:13:00 PM

Have you seen the #FreeMubarak hashtag on Twitter and wondered what it was about? According to Godless Mom, a man by the name of Mubarak Bala has been beaten, medicated, and hospitalized in Nigeria for being an atheist.Evidently, his father decided t

The Real Victims of Intolerance

06/22/2014 09:33:00 AM

The reactions of conservative Christians in the United States to the issue of same-sex marriage have been interesting to watch. Embarrassing, sick, and twisted, but interesting nonetheless. Here's how JT Eberhard summarized them in a recent post:The

Atheist Happiness and Humanity

06/20/2014 05:13:00 AM

Smiley from the sMirC-series. laughing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Snowbrush recently wrote a thought-provoking post that is worth a read. He makes many points worth highlighting, but I'll limit myself to mentioning two of them here: Some atheists are n

Social Justice Activists vs. Social Justice Warriors

06/19/2014 05:51:00 AM

English: Rally for social justice, Beersheba, Aug 13 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When a blogger links to something in a post, he or she assumes that readers follow the link to learn more about the subject. Suppose I were to write, "The meaning of a

Promoting Atheism

06/18/2014 05:33:00 AM

Wonder (Photo credit: Frode Inge Helland, Wikipedia)Of the suggestions I made in my Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists post, the one about promoting atheism probably requires the most elaboration. I noted in that post that we have done an ex

Proselytizing Mormons Peeking in My Windows

06/17/2014 06:21:00 AM

A door in Topkapi palace (Photo credit: j0sh (www.pixael.com))My feelings about the door-to-door proselytizing in which many evangelical fundamentalist Christians engage are extremely negative. I tend to interpret these knocks on my door as an invasi

Different Opinions Are Often Thought-Provoking

06/16/2014 04:58:00 AM

Thinking (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn DeLight (back again))I have referenced the writing of Chris Stedman (Faitheist at Religion News Service) here a few times. I enjoy reading Chris' work even though I disagree with much of what he says. Wait, what? N

Praying for the Trivial

06/13/2014 05:25:00 AM

When Christians pray to their god, what do they say? I suspect the answers are quite diverse. Ask 20 Christians, and you'll probably get 20 different answers. But it is an interesting question because how an individual Christian answers probably reve

Some Small Parts of the Atheist Movement May Be a Joke

06/12/2014 04:38:00 AM

The meme that the atheist movement is a joke is quickly gaining popularity in the atheist social justice warrior crowd. Here is one of many recent examples of what one now finds with some regularity on Twitter:In other words, "anybody who disagrees w

Criticizing Religious Belief

06/11/2014 05:56:00 AM

I am a sensitive artist (Photo credit: kevin dooley)I had not initially planned to write follow-up posts to my Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists post, but I have decided that I'd like to do so. This one focuses on the first of my four sugge

Liberation Atheology

06/10/2014 05:43:00 AM

Austin Cline (About Agnosticism/Atheism) wrote an excellent post back in April that I have been meaning to share since I first read it. In "Goals of Liberation Atheology: What Should Liberation Atheology Strive For?" he posed a fascinating question a

Speech to Text Software for Blogging

06/09/2014 14:19:00 PM

For those of you who are bloggers, have any of you tried using speech to text software when you write blog posts? I'm not quite sure why I have been thinking about it lately; it might just be the opportunity to try something different. I am using the

Mischaracterizing the Atheist Movement

06/08/2014 09:06:00 AM

Feminist Suffrage Parade in New York City, May 6, 1912. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Some errors in reasoning are innocent in that they are unintentional and made out of ignorance. When we engage in confirmation bias, overgeneraiztion, dichotomous thinki

The Worst Thing About Christianity

06/05/2014 06:05:00 AM

Christian views on Hell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If you were to ask me once a day for seven consecutive days what I thought the single worst thing about Christianity was, you might get seven different answers. There are many bad things about Christia

4 in 10 Americans are Creationists

06/04/2014 05:19:00 AM

As you've undoubtedly heard by now, Gallup came out with some depressing news this week:More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, a view that has changed little over the past th

Why People Hate Atheists

06/03/2014 05:10:00 AM

reflection (Photo credit: greg westfall.)Should we respect racist beliefs? How about sexist or misogynist beliefs? Homophobic beliefs which justify the hatred of LGBT persons? How about Holocaust denial? Suppose we decided that we should respect all

Traffic Drop During a Blogging Break

06/02/2014 06:26:00 AM

English: a chart to describe the search engine market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As regular readers know, I was away for a bit recently. Specifically, I did not post between May 15 and May 24. When a blog suddenly stops posting, traffic plummets, right

Be Cautious When Applying Social Pressure to Shape Discourse

06/01/2014 07:28:00 AM

English: Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson and Boston Celtics Larry Bird in Game two of the 1985 NBA Finals at Boston Garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In the United States today, using racial slurs is not a criminal offense. As distasteful as most of u

Markuze Enters Guilty Plea

05/30/2014 06:37:00 AM

Flag of the City of Montreal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Atheist bloggers are going to encounter trolls on their blogs, and unless their commenting systems are far more effective than the one I use, readers will encounter trolls when at least a few of t

Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists

05/28/2014 04:42:00 AM

Some atheists have little interest in de-converting religious believers or anything we might call secular activism. They do not care whether others are religious, as they are not convinced that widespread religious belief is detrimental to humanity.

Back to the Grind

05/27/2014 06:36:00 AM

Keep up and blog on (Photo credit: futureshape)It used to seem like I had a similar experience whenever I took a break from blogging. I'd miss it initially, forget about it after a few days, and return with an adjusted perspective. I have since learn

Global Secular Council Launches

05/24/2014 13:37:00 PM

Abstract Colorful Universe - TTdesign (Photo credit: tomt6788)Think tanks play a valuable role in modern politics. It seems like the growing secular community might benefit from having more organizations serving working as think tanks. And now we've

Time for a Break

05/14/2014 07:04:00 AM

What do you do when you are feeling tired, burned out, or less interested in things you normally enjoy? You take a break! In the first post I wrote in 2014, I said that one of the things I hoped to do differently this year was to take more planned br

Opting Out of the Implicit Prayer Agreement

05/12/2014 06:08:00 AM

Silence (Photo credit: Mara ~earth light~)Nearly all of the atheists have known do something similar when faced with public prayer: they politely feign respect for it. I'm not being accusatory here; I do exactly the same thing. When I am in a meeting

Empathy for Atheists Has Been Unnecessary for Many Christians

05/11/2014 07:01:00 AM

Student pledging to the flag, 1899 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have written previously about the potential value of empathy among atheists in the sense that having empathy for Christians can be helpful if we truly seek to understand them. For those of

Many Christians Ignorant of Their Bible

05/09/2014 05:17:00 AM

Israel MK Effie Eitam at the American Bible Society's Bible Library in New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)People sometimes lie, claiming one thing and doing another. Besides lying, which implies intent, people often engage in self-deception. They

Frustrated, Angry, and Impatient? Choose Activism

05/08/2014 04:30:00 AM

Demonstrators in front of the Delaware, OH office of Citibank at a demonstration against the Citibank's unfair investment policies in poor countries. Taken on November 16, 2001. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Maybe it is the recent Supreme Court ruling in

Freedom of Speech, Not Freedom From Consequences

05/07/2014 05:23:00 AM

Freedom of Speech (Photo credit: cliff1066™)Most of us realize that freedom of speech does not mean that one is free to say whatever one wishes without experiencing any negative consequences whatsoever. If you use your freedom to insult someone, he

SCOTUS Makes Another Poor Decision

05/06/2014 05:59:00 AM

West Facade of the United States Supreme Court Building (Photo credit: Wikipedia)While conservative Christians here in Mississippi are jubilant over the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Greece v. Galloway that it is perfectly acceptable for town board

Openly Secular Takes Aim at Discrimination Against Atheists

05/05/2014 05:26:00 AM

Diversity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Several secular groups, including the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, Secular Student Alliance, Secular Coalition for America, and Stiefel Freethought Foundation, have launched a new project calle

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Seeks Christian Theocracy

05/04/2014 08:44:00 AM

August 2003 rally in front of the Alabama state judicial building in support of Roy Moore. Taken from the Re-taking America website, copyrighted by Kelly McGinley at Re-Taking America, from whom permission has been received to license this material u

The National Day of Prayer

05/02/2014 08:03:00 AM

National Day of Prayer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer. I did not post anything about it yesterday because I had other things on my mind and because I feel like I've already said pretty much everything I have to say

The Right to Die

05/01/2014 05:14:00 AM

English: Skull and crossbones (Photo credit: Wikipedia)This is not a suicide note. I'm not ready to die just yet. There are still a few things I'd like to do first. This is also not some sort of abstract thought experiment in which I write about some

I Don't Get It

04/30/2014 05:24:00 AM

Neil Diamond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Have you ever had the experience of trying something with which you were unfamiliar because it was recommended to you by several people, only to discover you do not like it one bit? Of course you have! We've all

Efforts to Restrict Free Expression From the Left

04/29/2014 05:17:00 AM

Censorship (Photo credit: IsaacMao)I prefer to reserve the word censorship for situations in which a government entity intervenes to restrict free expression (i.e., making certain speech illegal) in violation of one's First Amendment rights. I like t

The Christian Bible: Holy or Not?

04/28/2014 04:58:00 AM

The Christian bible is either holy or it is not holy. If it is not holy, it could still be appreciated for its historic influence or its literary beauty. Even if it is not holy, one could still find parts of it to be meaningful or inspiring in some w

Losing Unreasonable Faith

04/25/2014 05:53:00 AM

Hemant Karkare (Photo credit: Koshyk)It is difficult for me to imagine that any atheist blogger who keeps at it for awhile won't have times when he or she gives serious consideration to hanging it up. I have been writing Atheist Revolution since 2005

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Still Finds Atheism Offensive

04/24/2014 05:16:00 AM

New Jersey, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have been asked by a few readers if I heard about the case of Shannon Morgan, the atheist in New Jersey who filed a complaint in court after her request for a vanity license place reading "8THEIST" was denie

Pismo Beach City Council Votes to Halt Prayer at Meetings

04/23/2014 05:03:00 AM

The coast at Pismo Beach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The following press release is being posted by request from a reader and was received on April 16, 2014. I hope it will serve as yet another reminder that church-state activism can be effective.The P

Should Atheists Seek to Be More Like the Religious?

04/22/2014 05:21:00 AM

A sign posted by the Connecticut Valley Atheists in Rockville's Central Park in December 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Should atheists seek to be more like religious believers? Why, exactly would we want to do that? I don't think we necessarily shou

Zombie Jesus is Risen

04/20/2014 08:09:00 AM

The phrase "He is Risen" inevitably shows up this time of year in the form of Christian propaganda, and it has always grated on me. Thus, I figured I might as well mock it with the title of this post.Christians have co-opted a number of holidays, cre

Zombie Jesus Weekend is Finally Here

04/18/2014 15:20:00 PM

You might think I'd have grown tired of the Zombie Jesus meme by now, but you'd be wrong. I continue to be fascinated with the zombie genre and the notion that someone who returns from the dead is in fact a zombie. I also continue to think that a bel

Atheism and the Decline of Religion in the U.S.

04/17/2014 04:59:00 AM

United States (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)There is some evidence that certain indicators of religiosity appear to be going through a slight decline in the United States. That is the good news. The bad news is that the size of the apparent decline in m

Technology Undermining Religion

04/15/2014 05:23:00 AM

This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Farsi Wikipedia for the 13th week, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Even though we all benefit greatly from technology, we are also quite fond of complaining about it. It is becoming almost cliche

Easter is Coming, Churches are Advertising

04/13/2014 07:57:00 AM

I scanned the image to the right after it showed up in my mailbox last week in the form of a slick 5x7 postcard. The back is an invitation to attend Easter services at the largest Southern Baptist megachurch in the town where I live.Based on the qual

Some Opinions Are Better Than Others

04/11/2014 04:41:00 AM

Opinion (Photo credit: Kevin Steinhardt)We all have opinions. Some of our opinions are based on reason, critical inquiry, and even time-consuming research to learn more about the world around us. These are the sorts of opinions we can defend because

Monotonous Proselytizing

04/09/2014 04:54:00 AM

For reasons I will not pretend to understand, the number of comments Christian trolls attempt to leave on this blog is quite variable. I'll have some weeks where I do not get any and others where I end up with 20 or more. I let most of them through t

Attending Church on the Holidays

04/08/2014 05:30:00 AM

Holy Week at Santhome Basilica, Chennai (HDR) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In terms of church attendance, Christmas and Easter always drew the biggest crowds in the church I was forced to attend as a child. There were a handful of other religious holiday

Mississippi Passes Religious Freedom Restoration Act

04/07/2014 04:49:00 AM

Mississippi State Capitol (Photo credit: shawnzrossi)During the last few months, much of my limited free time was occupied by signing petitions, writing letters, using social media to spread the word, and emailing and calling my state senators, repre

Christian Extremists Want Public Floggings for Blasphemy

04/03/2014 05:05:00 AM

18th century illustration of Elizabeth Brownrigg flogging a foundling servant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)What would you do if you were in charge? It is an intriguing question, and it can be quite revealing in the sense that learning what someone would

Ohioans Offended by Summer Camp

04/02/2014 05:12:00 AM

1898 photograph of a group of young girls learning how to make a bed at a "vacation school." (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It seems like there are quite a few people out there who derive some pleasure or a sense of purpose from getting offended, so much s

Foolin' Ourselves

04/01/2014 05:44:00 AM

English: A ticket to the washing of the lion, a traditional April fool's prank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)April Fools' Day is an odd sort of holiday. Here in the U.S., it seems to be primarily about lying to one's friends or family. One tells a lie, pe

A Great Example of Coming Out Atheist

03/31/2014 05:58:00 AM

There is not a right way to come out as an atheist. It looks different for everyone who does it, and it is a personal decision about if, when, and how best to do it. That said, a recent post by Coal Miner's Granddaughter called Coming Out of the Clos

Goodbye, Dear Friend

03/30/2014 08:07:00 AM

My best friend, a dog who had been with me for 16 years, recently died in my lap at the vet following an injection of chemicals administered to end his life.While my parents had dogs while I was growing up, this was my first dog after leaving home. H

Christian Extremism in the South

03/27/2014 05:17:00 AM

Southern United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In one of the most thought-provoking and terribly sad things I've read in some time, The destructive myth about religion that Americans disproportionally believe, CJ Werleman addresses a recently publis

10 More Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Atheism

03/26/2014 05:11:00 AM

Herb Silverman (President, Secular Coalition of America) AAC02 (Photo credit: Marty Stone)Herb Silverman's recent post at FaithStreet presented religious believers with 10 things he wishes everyone knew about atheism. It was an excellent list, and I

How Do You Know It Isn't Real?

03/24/2014 05:43:00 AM

Bigfoot trap - February 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As a skeptic, I often face the same question moments after rolling my eyes when someone is talking about the latest Bigfoot sighting, ghosts, demons, monsters, visitation by aliens, the "special p

Atheists React to the Death of Fred Phelps

03/22/2014 06:00:00 AM

Fred Phelps at his pulpit: August 4, 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If you read any atheist, secular, or progressive websites, blogs, or social media accounts, you have already heard that Fred Phelps is dead. You have probably also encountered some mi

Public Impressions of Skepticism

03/20/2014 04:07:00 AM

English: Skulls Unlimited Owner, Jay Villemarette and Director of Education, Joey Williams with the Mythbusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman at the Discovery Channel's Young Scientists Challenge 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Public impressions of s

Atheists Shitting on Your Parade

03/19/2014 05:26:00 AM

There are many simple but unpleasant truths in life, truths that can be expressed in a single sentence. Here is one of them:It is far easier to shit on someone else's parade than it is to organize your own.What does organizing a parade have in common

Be Skeptical of Holistic Medicine

03/18/2014 05:12:00 AM

Writing for Guardian Liberty Voice, Nathan Cranford provides a succinct response to the question of whether holistic medicine works. Referring to alternative and complementary medicine (ACM), he notes:The problem is that ACMs lack any sort of peer re

Importance of Religion Declining in U.S.

03/16/2014 12:59:00 PM

Crossed out version of original image File:Religious_symbols.svg, containing symbols of various religions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)There is some recent evidence to suggest that the importance of religion may be declining in the United States. A new

Raising the Dead

03/13/2014 08:02:00 AM

When religious believers ask atheists why we insist that religious belief can be harmful, there are so many valid answers that it can be difficult to know where to start. One of the more common categories of reasons includes the perils of indulging i

Religious Belief is Not a Mental Illness

03/12/2014 05:43:00 AM

English: An American Lady butterfly against a cloud-filled sky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I read Chris Stedman's post for Religion News Service, "5 reasons atheists shouldn't call religion a mental illness" and some of the reactions to it with interes

The Return of Cosmos

03/11/2014 06:14:00 AM

Dr. at the November 29, 2005 meeting of the NASA Advisory Council, in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I watched the first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey a day after it aired. I figured I would post my thoughts on the reboot of the s

Defending Separation of Church and State in Difficult Situations

03/10/2014 05:04:00 AM

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale in 1800. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)One of my pet peeves - and I have many - concerns the manner in which some Christians in the United States often adopt a stance of willful ignorance about the point of

Respect My Religious Beliefs!

03/09/2014 07:07:00 AM

respect (Photo credit: Heliøs)The demand from religious believers to "respect my religious beliefs" is one with which most atheists will be familiar. We have encountered it more times than we can count.Still, I cannot help wondering if some of us mi

The God Who Wasn't There

03/07/2014 06:30:00 AM

If you have not yet had the opportunity to see The God Who Wasn't There, I noticed that this 2005 documentary is up on YouTube. I suspect it may not be available there for long, so check it out while you can.Copyright © 2014 Atheist Revolution.

Imposing Religion on Our Children

03/05/2014 04:34:00 AM

Circumcision, 1724, from Juedisches Ceremoniel (Photo credit: Center for Jewish History, NYC)Richard Dawkins generated quite a bit of controversy for suggesting that the religious indoctrination of children is abusive. I have previously explained tha


03/03/2014 04:43:00 AM

Picture of Larry the Cable Guy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I've always been interested in how people can assign such vastly different meanings to words and then experience impaired communication because neither understands that the other party is using

Belief in Demonic Possession and Exorcism Causes Real Harm

02/27/2014 05:14:00 AM

A woodcut from 1598 shows an exorcism performed on a woman by a priest and his assistant, with a demon emerging from her mouth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It is difficult to question the fact that media content can impact attitudes and beliefs. We have

Why Don't More People Know About This?

02/25/2014 04:37:00 AM

Image of the Dutch Reformation iconoclasm (Beeldenstorm)

How an Atheist Could Become a Christian

02/21/2014 05:01:00 AM

Christian atheist? Man in Hyde Park, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The scenario I am about to describe will strike some of you as farfetched, so I want to preface it by pointing out that I have known a few people who were raised Christian, spent s

Obstacles to Improving Science Education

02/18/2014 04:56:00 AM

Gulf Coast Regional Science OlympiadSome depressing news was released last week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's meeting in Chicago. A 2012 survey conducted by the National Science Foundation found that 26% of the 2,200 Am

Satanism: The Next Dangerous Idea

02/17/2014 05:17:00 AM

Satan, as drawn by Gustave Doré, in John Milton's Paradise Lost.Many religious believers have viewed atheism as a dangerous idea for as long as there have been religious believers. While there have certainly been exceptions, many religious individua

Does Religious Belief Enhance Gullibility?

02/16/2014 07:28:00 AM

English: 2 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery, with religious symbol for United Church of Religious Science and "belief group" symbol for Atheist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Religious belief (i.e., faith) does not offer the sort of protection ag

The One New Thing About 'New Atheism'

02/13/2014 04:50:00 AM

Robert G. Ingersoll. Library of Congress description: "Ingersoll, Robert (The Infidel)". (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have been fairly critical of the mainstream news media's embrace of "new atheism," questioning whether there is really anything new ab

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