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, …
Category Archive: Unbelief
Oct 22 2013
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.
Oct 08 2013
Mark Twain was one of America’s greatest writers, both as a novelist and an essayist, I say with a good deal of understatement. Andrew Sullivan quotes a section from Autobiography Of Mark Twain, Vol. 2 that offers a scathing assessment of the belief system of Christianity.
Oct 08 2013
Sigfried Gold has a Washington Post column about the new atheist “churches” being set up. While some of the more strident atheist voices dislike the idea because it too closely replicates religion, Gold seems to think it’s a bad idea because it doesn’t sufficiently “respect” religious views. And by “respect” he means consider them equally …
Oct 07 2013
We have a new billboard up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, part of the Center for Inquiry’s new campaign. It does nothing more than acknowledge the existence of happy non-religious people, saying, “Millions of Americans are living happily without religion.” Predictably, even that mild message has sparked outrage in some circles. Some guy named Conrad, an …
Oct 05 2013
The Center for Inquiry has a new billboard campaign and we’ve got three of them up in West Michigan. It simply says, “Millions of Americans are living happily without religion” and it points to the Living Without Religion website. Here’s the one in Grand Rapids:
Oct 03 2013
Dennis Prager has a column responding to Richard Dawkins, who answered a question on whether we could have morality without religion by saying, “The very idea that we get a moral compass from religion is horrible.” His response is predictably absurd.
Oct 03 2013
Jesse Bering has an article in Aeon magazine that informs me of something I did not, that the word “pervert” did not originally mean someone who engaged in unconventional sexual practices. In fact, it was often used as a synonym for atheist, which makes Greta Christina’s Godless Perverts group seem like a redundancy.
Sep 30 2013
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is holding a Stone a Heathen event on Monday to call attention to International Blasphemy Rights Day and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night project. It’s a clever fundraiser first done at the University of South Carolina where people can buy water balloons and “stone” …
Sep 28 2013
Greta Christina (I often initially type her first name as Great, which seems appropriate) is working on a new book about coming out as an atheist and she’s looking for stories about how to help other people come out. You can tell her your story here.
Sep 25 2013
James Croft and Greg Epstein of the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy have an article in the new Free Inquiry about the creation of what are essentially atheist or humanist churches. They are structured to closely mirror churches and even usually meet on Sunday mornings.
Sep 23 2013
The New York Times has an article about Teresa McBain and what she’s doing now. For a brief time she was the PR director for American Atheists, then another brief stint as the president of Humanists of Florida. And now she has a new job that I think is really cool.