Posts tagged "atheism"

Science or Academic Atheism?

Amy Levin:  What happens when we give scientists the authority to speak about God? This was my first question when I discovered Jonathan Pararajasingham’s recent video compilation called “50 Famous Academics and Scientists Talk About God.” It's posted on Open Culture and the list of those featured includes 16 Nobel prize winners, including a...

Atheism vs Religion:
Take 253: Matthew Chapman’s The Ledge

by S. Brent Plate Before you've even heard of this film, Bill Donohue has, once again, given it a ratings boost by rebuffing it on the Catholic League website. In between press releases on "Bishop Blasted over Gay Marriage" and "New York Times is Gay Crazy," is a little piece blasting Matthew Chapman's film The...

The Burden of Disbelief

From a review by The Washington Post's Hank Stuever of  "The Sunset Limited," a new HBO show written by Cormac McCarthy:
The bigger revelation here is Jones, in total sync with McCarthy's words, bringing an understated, heavy-sigh sadness to the role of White. His burden of disbelief feels more real than Black's insistence on a...

Reconciling Faith and Science

Andrew Dermont at Big Think writes us to point out their new series, "Believe it or not," of video interviews with atheists on the possibility of reconciling religion and science. Those interviewed include Karen Armstrong, Lionel Tiger, Richard Dawkins, James Randi, and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. You can view the series here....

Universism In a Nutshell

Stephanie Simon of The Los Angeles Times profiles the non-prophet founder of a new, doubt-filled religion — Universism — Ford Vox (who also runs the online forum for the 8,000-member faith, Universist Forum: History in the Making). In a piece that Vox, in his forum, declared largely accurate, Simon described Universism as an attempt at...

The Atheist-Pagan-Nazi-Wahhabi Alliance v. Motherland

After a group of Russian atheists called for the Constitutional Court to remove a reference to God from the national anthem, the Union of Orthodox Citizens charged that such a deletion would lead to rioting and civil unrest in Russia similar to recent events in France. The logic behind the charge goes back to last...

Atheist Lobbyist

Atheists get a lobbyist too, in the form of Lori Lipman Brown, former Nevada state senator and the new congressional lobbyist and spokeswoman for The Secular Coalition for America who will be in charge of educating the public on misconceptions about atheists and trying to prevent religion from monopolizing issue debates.

Other People’s Holidays

The San Antonio Express-News experiments with a new strategy for overthrowing the country’s secular overlords: make atheists look like a pack of sad lonely hearts who weren’t invited to the believers’ ball. In one of the saddest ten-second sketches of religious conferences we’ve seen, the Express-News reports that the American Atheists didn’t mean to step on any Christian...

They’re Up, They’re Down

A short month and a half after reports that atheists were poised to take over the world — err, a mid-sized cafeteria — comes the news that atheism is on the verge of extinction. Again! According to a UPI report cherry-picked by The Washington Times, “Godlessness is in trouble,” because it’s “losing its scientific underpinnings,” and because of “the acts...

Holy Sweepstakes!

Think and Reason is offering a million dollars to anyone who can prove that God exists. Guidelines: Proof by “faith” is unacceptable; no secondhand miracles; no pictures or film; and no televangelists need apply. Website administrator Vashek Pokorny explained his motivation for starting the contest, “‘I don’t expect people to become atheists. I just want them to...

God Is Not The Answer

True love, animal feelings, bad vibrations… Scientists believe in a lot of things, apparently, but not God. In a survey of top scientists with public reputations that asked “What do you believe that you can’t prove?” only one scientist said “God.”

If You Scapegoat Them, They Will Come (Eventually)

The sleeping giant — err, make that mid-sized man; no, make it “herd of cats” — responds to the sound of its name and decides to try to live up to its frightful reputation. Yes, the atheists are organizing. After being vilified by the Vatican and Campaign ’04, and having their name used as an insult for anyone...