Category Archives: Atheists, agnostics, doubters

California pastor Ryan Bell tries atheism for a year: a publicity stunt?

This story has been floating around for awhile now: California pastor Ryan Bell has vowed to live 2014 as an atheist. That means for the next 12 months, Bell, 42, plans to refrain from praying, reading the Bible and thinking … Continue reading

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Pew Research Center: Americans believe strongly in evolution

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that six-in-ten Americans believe humans evolved over time. Meanwhile, a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning … Continue reading

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Rise of atheist megachurches a cultural phenomenon

Want a church feel of community without the religion tie-in? Turns out, you are not alone. What began as a lark by two British comedians — atheist church — has caught fire and is spreading across the globe. Nearly three … Continue reading

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University of Rochester study: atheists smarter than religious believers

Searching for a topic today and I came across this: a new study concludes that religious adherents are less intelligent than atheists. Nothing controversial there, right?! At first glance, the study seems legit. The details: Professors Miron Zuckerman and Jordan … Continue reading

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Air Force drops God from oath after trainee contacts atheist organization

New news from the separation of church and state front today as the Air Force announced it will permit Trainee Jonathan Bise and others to recite and sign a secular oath as part of their graduation ceremony on Tuesday. Officials … Continue reading

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Ellery Schempp to mark 50th anniversary of religious freedom court case with Harrisburg event

Have you heard the name Ellery Schempp? Neither had I until yesterday, but in the lengthy history of our commitment to secularism, Schempp is more than just a footnote. Schempp, 72, is famous for being the primary student involved in … Continue reading

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Boston bombing victims likely to question God?

Fourteen amputees lost limbs in last week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. At least one expert suggests they will struggle to make sense of the tragedy in the spiritual sense. Losing a limb is like losing a family member, the … Continue reading

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Court: doctor-shunning Philly parents allowed son to die

In 2011, Herbert and Catherine Schaible of Philadelphia were sentenced to probation for praying over their gravely ill son instead of taking him to a doctor. That child, Kent, 2, later died without seeing a medical professional. The Schaibles belong … Continue reading

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Pew study: ‘Nones’ now the third-largest religious group in the world

Are we becoming a secular society? It’s a theme I’ve touched on repeatedly in this space, but the idea is intriguing. I like to study history and am fascinated by the trends established by the human race as we evolve. … Continue reading

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Transplanted North Carolina pastor making inroads with New England Christians

I’ve done many stories over the past year about declining church attendance. Last month, I did a story on the youth adherence to faith. According to a study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, one-third … Continue reading

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