Atheism has a positive and uplifting message to offer the next generation, but religious apologists want to dismiss it without hearing it. Read more

I almost missed this new album by Florence + the Machine. It’s quieter and more confessional than her previous releases (relatively speaking – Florence Welch hasn’t lost that operatic thunder, she just holds it in reserve more often). I’ve read that the lyrics of this song came from a private poem she wrote. I can’t stop thinking about this part: At seventeen, I started to starve myself I thought that love was a kind of emptiness And at least I… Read more

Will you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean? Read more

The bloodiest civil war in history was ignited by Christian pamphlets. Read more

Desperation and greed are a dangerous combination. Read more

Loving humanity means hating humans, and vice versa. Read more

By James A. Haught My far-flung family is quite diverse. Dr. John F. Haught is a renowned Catholic theologian who has produced a flood of erudite books. A Haught woman in the Southwest wrote several lurid sex novels. And I’ve churned out a string of skeptic-agnostic books and magazine essays. I once sent both of my relatives a joint note saying our collective writing “shows there are holy Haughts, heathen Haughts and horny Haughts.” Neither answered. Well, Dr. Haught is… Read more

Brave women are speaking out, but there’s no solution to this problem in a patriarchal church structure where women are subordinate to men. Read more

Why devotion to your wife is a character flaw. Read more

Back in the 60s, the Mothman tale was unstoppable precisely because it was silly. Read more

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