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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

Redneck

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

Religious Belief and U.S. Geography

02/11/2014 04:49:00 AM

Location of Mississippi in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Much has been made of the recent results from Gallup showing religious belief varies by geography in the United States. Maps like this one show where one will find the most highly

Anti-Christian Bigotry From Atheists

02/10/2014 05:21:00 AM

Ariane Sherine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If I were to say that anti-atheist bigotry is a problem in many parts of the United States, most atheists would agree. Such a statement would be about as uncontroversial as one could expect to find on an atheis

The Nye-Ham Debate

02/08/2014 05:52:00 AM

Photo by Ed Schipul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have received several questions in the past few days about what I thought of the recent debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham. Almost every other atheist blog I read seemed to have something to say about t

Conservative Christians Often on the Wrong Side of History

02/07/2014 06:25:00 AM

Same Sex Marriage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The sale and consumption of alcohol, suffrage, the teaching of evolution in public school, the Civil Rights movement in general and interracial marriage in particular, feminism...they all had something in co

West Memphis Three and the Satanic Panic

02/05/2014 05:19:00 AM

satanic pizza (Photo credit: romana klee)A couple weeks ago, I caught CNN's 2011 documentary on the West Memphis Three, "Presumed Guilty: Murder in West Memphis" (here is how CNN described it when it aired). On the off-chance that any of you are unfa

Giving the People What They Want: Blogging Controversy and Conflict

02/03/2014 06:51:00 AM

Controversy legend (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As the end of 2013 approached, I was faced with the task of identifying Atheist Revolution's most popular posts of 2013. It was an easy enough thing to do, but I was not terribly thrilled with the results.

Super Bowl 2014: Go Seahawks!

02/02/2014 13:06:00 PM

Today is Super Bowl Sunday in the U.S. Of course, we are told every year that the entire world tunes in to watch the Super Bowl, but I've always had my doubts about that. I assume it is nowhere near as popular outside the U.S. as it is here. Anyway,

Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act to Add God Reference to State Seal

02/02/2014 08:28:00 AM

Due to the importance of this issue to those of us residing in the state of Mississippi, as well as the broader interest to those everywhere who care about the separation of church and state, I am cross-posting this at Mississippi Atheists.The state

Jesus: The Harold Camping of His Time

01/30/2014 04:41:00 AM

In a recent post suggesting that the Jesus character described in the Christian bible was not about charity as liberal Christians commonly claim, Staks Rosch (Dangerous Talk) wrote a sentence that made me laugh out loud and then stop and think for a

Solutions Needed to Our 'Age of Ignorance'

01/28/2014 02:12:00 AM

Tony Perkins and James Dobson in 2007 in Washington, DC at the Values Voters conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Before we get too far into 2014, I want to take a look back at a topic that has come up with increasingly regularity for at least a few y

Using Tumblr for Blog Promotion: Some Initial Data

01/27/2014 05:12:00 AM

I mentioned here recently that I have been using Tumblr more consistently for the past couple months. What I meant by that is that I have been posting daily or almost daily during the time of day when Tumblr is supposed to be most active.In spite of

Diverse Voices in the Atheist Community

01/23/2014 05:12:00 AM

Diversity (Photo credit: OregonDOT)If I had to pick the one thing I most like about the online atheist community, it would have to be the diversity of voices present and how incredibly stimulating I find them. This may seem like a surprising thing to

Reader Questions About Agnosticism and Atheism

01/21/2014 17:44:00 PM

Carl Sagan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I receive more correspondence via email than I can answer. While some of it is hate mail from enraged Christians, Muslims, or other atheists, some of it is the sort of thing I wish I had more time to answer. With t

New Report on Scope of Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

01/19/2014 09:24:00 AM

emblem of the Papacy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The mainstream news media in the United States has been fawning over Pope Francis for some time. Even as some of us have questioned how much of a change he represents and whether he will be willing to do

Superstition and the NFL Playoffs

01/17/2014 07:05:00 AM

Seahawks vs. Cardinals Pregame (Photo credit: bran.dan)Even though I am no fan of superstition, I am of the opinion that there is a meaningful difference between the sort of superstitious rituals in which an athlete might engage before a big game and

Equivalence of the Gods

01/16/2014 05:09:00 AM

Zeus, the king of the gods, and controller of thunder and the sky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Humans have worshiped so many gods through the ages that many books have been written merely attempting to catalog them (see The Book of Gods & Goddesses: A V

Atheism is Not Enough

01/15/2014 05:15:00 AM

Identity: Who are you? (Photo credit: philozopher)My thoughts on the subject of atheist identity have changed over the years, but one constant is that I continue to believe that atheism is secondary to reason, skepticism, and critical thinking. I am

Revolutionary Atheist on Tumblr

01/14/2014 04:41:00 AM

Tumblr Icon (Photo credit: chadarizona)There are too many social networks out there for me to possibly keep up with, and this is why I've been focusing my efforts on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. I just don't have the time to keep up with much more

Researchers Seeking Atheist Participants For Online Survey

01/12/2014 13:30:00 PM

I am sharing this information by request from researchers seeking to recruit atheists living in the United States who are at least 18 years old for participation in an online survey.Here is how the researchers described the aims of their study:The su

Atheists Promoting Rationality

01/12/2014 11:39:00 AM

Shadbolt House - a mix of modernist rationality and constructivist theatricality. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I trust that you have seen Jeffrey Tayler's excellent article on Salon.com by now, 15 ways atheists can stand up for rationality. It is a good

Mark Driscoll: If You Are Not a Christian, You Are Going to Hell

01/11/2014 14:30:00 PM

As far as evangelical fundamentalist pastors go, Mark Driscoll is kind of a big deal. Aside from being in the news lately following accusations of plagiarism, he's the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, the author of more than 15 Christi

Popularity of Mein Kampf Surging

01/10/2014 10:58:00 AM

Mein Kampf (Photo credit: Wikipedia)According to a recent article in The Toronto Star, Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf is now among the best-selling political books on Amazon and iTunes in the U.S. and Canada. I received a link to this article through one

Big Question 6: Can Science and Religion be Reconciled?

01/09/2014 05:24:00 AM

Science icon from Nuvola icon theme for KDE 3.x. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)With this post, we have reached the last of the six big questions that divide atheists. Whew! Additional questions may be considered at some point in future posts, but aside fr

Biblical Peace

01/08/2014 05:20:00 AM

English: Peace button - Web 2.0 style (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Pope Francis made news throughout 2013 as the mainstream news media in the United States and elsewhere seemed determined to highlight the differences between him and his predecessor in a

Victims of 'Satanic Panic' Released From Prison After 21 Years

01/07/2014 05:10:00 AM

Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus), Andasibe, Madagascar (Photo credit: Frank.Vassen)I recognize that I have a fairly diverse readership here at Atheist Revolution, made up of people with quite a range of different life experiences. B

The Atheist Blogroll is Coming Back!

01/06/2014 06:13:00 AM

Black Atheist Symbol from OUT Campaign (The Scarlet A) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Mojoey (Deep Thoughts) announced yesterday that he is restarting the Atheist Blogroll project. For those of you who haven't been active in the atheist blogosphere for awh

Is Atheism Only for the Comfortable?

01/05/2014 09:53:00 AM

Homeless man, Tokyo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Paul Fidalgo has been doing a bang-up job over at Friendly Atheist lately. You've probably noticed that I have been linking to quite a few of his posts recently, and this is because I have really enjoyed

One Less Demon in the World

01/02/2014 14:28:00 PM

English: Demon "Andras" in Dictionnaire Infernal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When I saw the title of the article Terry Firma posted at Friendly Atheist, "Ax-Wielding Father Vanquishes the Devil, Who is His Son," I was intrigued. Now that I've read it, I

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