As Tithing Declines, Atheists’ Knowledge Grows

As you've probably heard, the Pew Forum has released a study on American religious knowledge. And their top finding deserves to be heard far and wide: atheists and agnostics outscored every other religious group - even evangelicals!On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life. Atheists and agnostics average 20.9 correct answers. Jews and Mormons do about as well, averaging 20.5 … [Read more...]

The Connection Between Religion and Slavery

Last year, I wrote about whether Christianity deserves the credit for abolishing slavery. I have some additional evidence on that topic I'd like to mention.I just finished reading Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the autobiography of the great American abolitionist. Born a slave in antebellum Maryland, Douglass taught himself to read at a young age, in secret, and later escaped to the North and freedom. His account of his own life is an eloquent first-hand retelling of the cruelty, … [Read more...]

Another Response to the Theist’s Guide

I've received another response to my essay "The Theist's Guide to Converting Atheists". This response, which can be viewed here, comes by way of an author calling himself Roq.I am, at heart, a simple person, so it'll only take one thing for me to become an atheist.When science can create a mass hallucination in a group of fifty or more people where the generalities all line up. They get extra bonus points if they can do it without drugs.I'd like to congratulate Roq for coming up what is, … [Read more...]

Civil War Denialism: A Further Response to “The Jewish Prophecy of Exile”

I didn't notice until recently that Narabelad, the apologist for Judaism whose claims I addressed in "The Jewish Prophecy of Exile", has written a further reply to me. In this post, I'll address it briefly.First, let me note that my correspondent has evidently conceded that his list of things that would make him an atheist was impossible to satisfy and was offered in bad faith, because in his latest response, there's not a word about it. Clearly, he'd rather avoid the difficult question of how … [Read more...]

A Followup on the Pope Protest

I've got a brief question for Julian Baggini, William Oddie, and everyone else - atheist or theist - who's bemoaned the lively protests of Pope Benedict's visit to the U.K.:Do you believe the pope is not guilty of helping to protect child abusers (and if so, how do you respond to this evidence) - or do you simply believe that, because he's the pope, he should be immune from any consequences for his actions? … [Read more...]

2007Rapture.com: A Case Study in Failed Prophecy

Since I've written recently about the rapidly approaching failure of Harold Camping's 2011 doomsday prediction, I thought it'd be amusing to take a look back at another prophetic misfire. Our case study is the website 2007Rapture.com, which for obvious reasons is now defunct - but the Internet Archive has snapshots that show how the author, one Shelby Corbitt, reacted to her prediction's failure.The Internet Archive's first capture of the site, back in August 2004, starts with a bold … [Read more...]

Protesting the Pope

<a href="http://www.daylightatheism.org/images/PopeProtest01.jpg"You've no doubt heard by now about Pope Benedict's visit to the U.K., where one of his first statements was an accusation that the Nazis were atheists. To be honest, it makes me worried for the old fellow. After all, he himself served in the Hitler Youth as a teenager, yet he doesn't seem to remember that the Nazis distributed Bibles, emblazoned their uniforms with the slogan "God With Us", and gave speeches in … [Read more...]

The Language of God: Prelude to Cosmology

The Language of God, Chapter 3By B.J. MarshallPart 2 of this book, "The Great Questions of Human Existence," covers topics of cosmology, life on earth, and unpacking the human genome. Chapter 3 begins by tackling cosmology, but Collins throws in a little prelude - a little homage to science. We should keep in mind that Collins' point through all this is to find a way to reconcile faith and science. He's not big into NOMA, but rather argues that science complements faith. Although he gets … [Read more...]

Naming Activist Fallacies

Guest post by Scotlyn[Editor's Note: Please welcome our newest guest author! Scotlyn is a long-time DA commenter who's been writing some really superb and well-thought comments lately. I thought it'd be interesting to extend the opportunity to write a guest post and see what else she has to say, and I wasn't disappointed.]I am delighted to have been invited by Ebon to submit some guest posts on his blog, which to me has become an enjoyable and friendly sort of place to virtually hang out in … [Read more...]

Switchers and Stickers

The Chaplain over at An Apostate's Chapel posted about the latest poll by the Barna Group, which found that 1 in every 8 Americans is an ex-Christian. Meanwhile, about 3% of Americans were raised non-Christian but later converted. The Barna Group's press release described their finding in these terms: "The study underscores that the spiritual allegiances of childhood are remarkably sustainable in our society... the most common faith journey that people take is to form spiritual commitments as … [Read more...]


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