Daniel C. Dennett


Daniel C. Dennett is University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He is the author of several books, including "Caught in the Pulpit" (co-authored by Linda LaScola), "Breaking the Spell," "Freedom Evolves" and "Darwin's Dangerous Idea."

Stories by Daniel C. Dennett

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Pastors Who Don’t Believe: Can Churches Support Them?

How many churches today are led by ministers who have lost their faith? Can churches learn to accept and support them?

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How to tell if you’re an atheist

The existence of clergy without belief is neither rare nor trivial.

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Open the books, tell the truth

Pope Benedict the XVI cannot escape responsibility for clerical sex abuse scandals in Europe.

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Non-Believing Clergy: Now What Shall We Do?

Part 19 of the OnFaith Forum “Disbelief in the Pulpit.”

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Are Non-Believing Clergy a Silent Majority?

Part one of the OnFaith Forum “Disbelief in the Pulpit.”

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Problem of evil and religion’s double standard

There is no “solution” to the problem of evil.

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Religious no longer a protected class

Not only is there no media bias against Christianity, but a double-standard exists.

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Good Without Gods

We can all be good for goodness’ — not God’s — sake.

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An Education

Giving our children the balanced, religious education that they deserve.

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You Want Facts or Feelings?

When personal convictions and empirical data clash.

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Candidates’ Religious Hypocrisy Won’t Stand

The long road to political secularism in American politics.

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Muslims Must Demand Free Speech

Sayed Parwiz Kambakhsh and the necessity for political freedom.

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The Agony of Misplaced Ecstasy

Making sense of of Mother Teresa’s agonies of doubt.

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Teach Our Children Well

The case for compulsory “religious” education in schools.

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‘God’ or ‘Allah’?

What can political rhetoric tell us about religion in America today?

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Relying on Faith Instead of Facts Brought Moral Calamity

How religious zealotry led the United States into a twenty-first century crusade.

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Not Yet The Majority But No Longer Silent

Re-branding secularism: what it means to be a public atheist in American discourse today.

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Protecting Democracy Comes Before Promoting Faith

Preserving democratic secularism in the face of a growing faction of religious extremism.

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The Gift of Perspective

Why it’s important to give children a lesson in historical perspective when sharing our beliefs with them.

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Thank Goodness Not God on Thanksgiving

What it means to feel thankful without acknowledging a higher authority.