They Tried to Start a Church Without God. For a While, It Worked.
Jul 22, 2019

By Faith Hill When Justina Walford moved to New York City nine years ago, she’d never felt more alone. She’d left behind her Church, her God, and her old city, Los Angeles. Then a secular congregation called Sunday Assembly filled the spiritual void—at least for a time. Walford had just turned 40. As a child, …

Ancestor’s Trail Hiking Event in the UK pays homage to The Ancestor’s Tale
Jul 15, 2019 · 2 

The Ancestor’s Trail is an annual event, based on Richard Dawkins’ book ‘The Ancestor’s Tale’. This year’s Ancestor’s Trail will take place on Saturday, July 27th in Epping Forest and the Lee Valley Country Park.  The five trails that make up the main Trail – human, gazelle, amphibian, plant and bacteria – will follow the paths of previous …

Was Abraham Lincoln an Atheist?
Jul 2, 2019

By Becky Little Every U.S. president has been a member of a church, except for one: Abraham Lincoln. Famously opaque on the subject of religion, Lincoln’s personal faith was something even his closest friends said they couldn’t figure out. Though he became more interested in religious questions toward the end of his life, “Honest Abe” never directly …

Conservative Trashes Secular and Satanic “Cockroaches” Ruining Christian America
Jun 24, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Over the past week, we’ve seen the Supreme Court protect the existence of a Giant Christian Cross on public land, while saying taking it down would be perceived as anti-Christian. We’ve also seen a Satanist deliver an invocation in front of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Alaska, because a lawsuit forced the elected officials to …

Atheist ashram on Lord Krishna’s home turf roils India’s Hindu nationalists
Jun 20, 2019

By Priyadarshini Sen In this major pilgrimage center for the Hare Krishna movement, Purnendu Goswami survives as a rare atheist. Goswami, 44, runs the Bindu Seva Sansthan ashram in this northern Indian town that is considered sacred in Vaishnavism, one of Hinduism’s main branches. Dressed in a white robe like any local guru, the plain-speaking …

6 things I wish people understood about atheism in America
Jun 17, 2019

By Jay Wexler The first time I remember openly identifying as an atheist was when I announced to my high school freshman English class that I didn’t believe in God. Later that day in gym, I broke my collarbone playing dodgeball. Was it God’s revenge for my blasphemy? I didn’t think so, but for a …

Secularism is on the rise, but Americans are still finding community and purpose in spirituality
Jun 14, 2019 · 10 

By Karen Turner American secularism is on the rise. Twenty-four percent of Americans don’t affiliate with any religion, according to a 2016 Public Religion Research Institute survey, which is up 8 percentage points in the past five years. Nowhere is the trend away from religion greater than in younger generations, where more than a third of …

People Really Don’t Like Atheists. Why?
Jun 4, 2019

By Ryan P. Burge For the last few weeks I have been considering a pretty simple question: Why aren’t there more religious nones elected to the United States Congress? I previously concluded that atheists and agnostics are surprisingly cohesive political groups and therefore one cannot say that non-believers can’t get elected because they don’t have a unified …

Research Presented at Vatican Shows That Anti-Atheist Stereotypes Are Inaccurate
Jun 4, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Here are two things you never want to hear when it comes to a newly released survey: We got money from the Templeton Foundation and we’re presenting our findings at the Vatican. Neither is disqualifying but both usually require explanations. (The Templeton Foundation has a long history of funding projects that have a pro-religion …

Pew Research: 41% of Gays/Lesbians/Bisexuals Have No Religious Affiliation
May 28, 2019

By Hemant Mehta According to a new analysis of the Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study — it was so large that they’re still sifting through the data — gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans are far less religious than the nation as a whole. (The survey didn’t have data about transgender people.) … gay, lesbian and bisexual adults …

Study: It’s easier to be a ‘none’ in Canada than in the US
May 21, 2019

By John Longhurst Nearly a quarter of Canadians today say they have no religious affiliation — about the same as in the U.S. But a forthcoming book by two Canadian researchers says that it is easier to be a “none” in Canada. “It’s more normal in Canada to say you have no religion,” said Sarah …

A Record 60% of Americans Say They Could Vote for an Atheist President
May 10, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Every few years, Gallup asks Americans a version of this question: “If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be _____, would you vote for that person?” Just about every time they’ve asked that question, “atheist” has been at the bottom of the list. (Atheists are unelectable! the …