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Meditation without God

Critical thinking ranks among the most dearly held values for those of us who are skeptical of religious faith. It’s … Continued

American Atheists wrestles with its cherished ‘grumpy’ image

AUSTIN, Texas — For someone who was once dubbed “the most hated woman in America,” Madalyn Murray O’Hair is getting … Continued

Are institutions Catholic enough?

The number of agencies calling themselves big-C “Catholic” will shrink. That is the inevitable result of De Caritate Ministranda , … Continued

What atheist groups learned from the Christian Coalition

Clem Britt AP In this file photo, Rev. Pat Robertson, center, talks to attendees at a prayer breakfast at the … Continued

Why Richard Dawkins is still an atheist

In October 2008 I attended a lecture by the Christian apologist John Lennox. He could hardly contain his excitement because … Continued

Anger brewing on the left about new Obama health-care rules

Secular and religious voices on the left who oppose the Obama administration’s rule on mandatory birth control coverage seem to … Continued

Atheist group’s frivolous lawsuit aims to bar ‘cross’ from 9/11 museum

CHIP EAST REUTERS The World Trade Center Cross, made of intersecting steel beams found in the rubble of buildings destroyed … Continued

A verdict on faith-based partnerships under Obama and Bush

“Obama stimulus pours millions into faith-based groups,” read the title of a December 3, 2010, Politico article. It reported that … Continued

2010 electoral results bad news for secular Americans

It is undeniable that the economy dominated campaign 2010 and that cultural issues at the nexus of religion and politics … Continued

What’s a “church” and how does the IRS decide?

What counts as a church, synagogue, mosque or temple, can be decided in many ways. Synagogue, the category closest to … Continued

Repairing the world

Nothing is more exciting for me than seeing religious communities practice the command from their tradition to serve others. I … Continued

Protecting earth a moral duty

Q: The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a widening environmental, economic and political crisis. Is it … Continued

American atheists irreligiously united, politically divided

In the United States, largely as a result of the relatively recent, post-1980 alliance between the political and religious right, … Continued

U.S. foreign policy and religion: here be dragons

Last week, a task force sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs delivered a 99-page report to the White … Continued

Helping Haiti because it makes us feel good

Whenever natural disasters strike, there follows an outpouring of humanity. We have a deeply evolved psychological need to help people … Continued

Good Without Gods

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

The President’s faith council meets

I told a friend that I was off to DC this week for the third meeting of the President’s Faith … Continued

Where is the Evidence of God?

By Paula Kirbyconsultant In this week’s On Faith Question, Karen Armstrong asks: “What makes the best ‘case for God’ to … Continued

Secular Values Voters and the Presidential Debates

The first forum held between presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama took place in a megachurch. Today, they are … Continued

Bush’s Faith-Based Fade

President Bush gave his final State of the Union address last night. He asked for $300 million for scholarships for … Continued