Ten Years After the Publication of “The End of Faith,” Sam Harris Reflects on Its Impact

In was ten years ago today that Sam HarrisThe End of Faith was published, beginning a three-year boom in atheist publishing that saw the releases of Daniel Dennett‘s Breaking the Spell, Richard DawkinsThe God Delusion, Ayaan Hirsi Ali‘s Infidel, and Christopher HitchensGod is Not Great.

Those books not only caused their subject to go mainstream in a way it never had, their authors became the standard-bearers for atheism in America. Gary Wolf, in a Wired magazine cover story, dubbed the male authors the “New Atheists” and summarized their unstated goals: “They condemn not just belief in God but respect for belief in God. Religion is not only wrong; it’s evil.”

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I’ve Never Heard Anyone Refute Creationism Quite Like This

Poet Neil Hilborn, whose piece about OCD went viral last summer, is back with a poem titled “Dear Creationists.”

The premise: If humans are really supposed to be the apex of God’s creation, then why do animals seem to have it so much better?

(Everything about it is NSFW. You’ve been warned.)



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20 Short Arguments Against God’s Existence

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 20 short arguments against God’s existence:



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Tennessee Governor Proclaims Today as “Day of Prayer Over Students Across Tennessee”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared today a “Day of Prayer Over Students Across Tennessee,” which may literally be the least helpful way to help students across the state.

The proclamation, signed a few days ago at the request of the Christian group First Priority, declares that prayer is the solution to some of the biggest problems students face:



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Richard Dawkins is Still an Asset to the Atheist Movement

A couple of days ago, Kimberly Winston at Religion News Service wrote a story about whether Richard Dawkins was an asset or liability for the atheist “movement.”

The story sure makes it seem like Dawkins is a liability, with the majority of quotations coming from people who think he does a lot of damage to our cause. I’m mentioned in the piece and even I come off as critical of him:

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