On Wednesday, CFI Michigan sponsored a talk by Neil deGrasse Tyson at Grand Valley State University. His talk was hilarious and he was incredibly charming and engaging. It was a blast. I only have one complaint other than the uncomfortable metal chairs we had to sit and and that was Tyson’s answer when asked what …
Category Archive: Unbelief
Nov 17 2013
Nov 15 2013
The media is abuzz with stories about atheist churches, whether it’s the Sunday Assembly gatherings around the country, Jerry DeWitt’s new group in Louisiana, the Houston Oasis or other such entities. My friend Jim Underdown, head of CFI Los Angeles, went to a Sunday Assembly and says pretty much exactly what I would say about …
Nov 14 2013
Here’s an intriguing Indiegogo project seeking funding, a new social network specifically for atheists and humanists in Muslim-dominated Arab nations. The goal would be to prevent their groups from being shut down by Facebook and other current social networks.
Nov 12 2013
A soup kitchen in Spartanburg, South Carolina got a lot of attention a few weeks ago when they refused to allow a local atheist group to volunteer to feed the homeless. Now the Kansas City Atheist Coalition is facing identical treatment. After spending the last few Thanksgivings helping deliver meals to the needy, the mission …
Nov 11 2013
Are you an atheist? It’s probably because you had a “tumultuous relationship” with your father, which is the “determining factor in the widespread rise of atheism.” That idiotic thesis is offered by by Dr. Paul Vitz, who actually is a credentialed and allegedly serious retired psychology professor from NYU. And here’s the press release for …
Oct 30 2013
This is a guest post by Kile Jones, a religious studies PhD candidate at Claremont Lincoln University and founder of the Claremont Journal of Religion. He’s also a contributor to the Feminism and Religion blog. It’s a really fascinating essay about what our understanding of autism means for conceptions of the soul.
Oct 24 2013
In the wake of Oprah’s ignorant comments about atheists not having awe and wonder about the world, Chris Stedman appeared on CNN to answer some equally ignorant questions from the talking heads. One of the things he mentions, which I don’t think I’d seen before, are surveys that show that the shift in public opinion …
Oct 23 2013
The New York Times recently published a piece by Tracy Luhrmann, a Stanford anthropologist, entitled Conjuring Up Our Own Gods and it’s sparked some controversy, at least partly because she repeats the tired old “there are no atheists in foxholes” nonsense. Grant Hicks hammers her for it in a letter to the editor:
Oct 22 2013
Ken Ham, a carnival barker on the Christian midway, has noticed the CFI billboards that say “Millions of people are living happily without religion.” But since he’s omniscient, he knows you better than you know yourself. And he knows that you’re not really happy. In fact, only Christians can be happy.
Oct 22 2013
CFI Michigan is one of many CFI chapters that are part of the current billboard campaign that says “Millions of Americans are living happily without religion,” but we seem to have gotten the most attention. Stories about the local billboards got picked up by AP and made newspapers from coast to coast. Now the student …
Oct 22 2013
After Chris Mooney, Indre Viskontas and producer Adam Isaak resigned from CFI’s Point of Inquiry podcast in reaction to Ron Lindsay’s ill-conceived comments at the Women in Secularism conference earlier this year, the show went on hiatus. CFI has now announced the new hosts, Lindsay Beyerstein and Josh Zepps. I don’t know Josh at all, …
Oct 17 2013
Tibor Krausz has an article at Killing the Buddha, an online magazine founded by the awesome Jeff Sharlet, about atheists. I think he tends to paint with a bit too broad a brush, something he accuses others of doing, but much of what he says is spot on.
Oct 17 2013
Gary Habermas, a “research professor” (one that likely does no research) at Liberty University, gave a talk during a Christian apologetics conference last weekend offering a list of 10 reasons for the fall of atheism. Since atheism is actually on the rise, he has to find a way to explain that fact and he settled …
Oct 14 2013
Former congressman Allen West encountered one of our “millions of people are living happily without religion” billboards in the subway in Washington, DC. He was so bothered by it that he posted it to his Facebook page, which has gotten almost 10,000 comments as of this writing. You can only imagine the quality of the …
Oct 11 2013
In contrast to the Boy Scouts of America, the British Scouting Association is welcoming non-believing kids and offering them an alternative pledge that does not require that they promise to do their “duty to God.” I’m sure that will make the wingnuts’ heads explode.