Are Religious People Intellectually Inferior to Atheists?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Are religious people intellectually inferior to atheists?

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Foundation Beyond Belief Announces Q3 2013 Slate of Charities

The Foundation Beyond Belief has just announced its five beneficiaries for the new quarter — each charity will likely receive several thousands of dollars, courtesy of atheist donors:

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Who Cares About the Children, Apparently Cared Even More About the Catholic Church’s Money

This is Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaking immediately after last week’s Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage:

The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage. Now is the time to redouble our efforts in witness to this truth. These decisions are part of a public debate of great consequence. The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.

This is what we learned about Dolan today, after the release of thousands of pages of documents regarding the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal:

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So, I’ll Be Speaking at a Church in San Antonio This Sunday…

A few years ago, just after I Sold My Soul on eBay came out, a pastor at Willow Creek, a megachurch outside of Chicago, invited me to come onstage with him and have a discussion about my experience visiting churches and meeting Christians. There was a lot I liked and didn’t like (that went well beyond just belief in a God). It wasn’t a debate. We weren’t there to score points. And I really enjoyed my time there.

I also appreciated how the pastor let the audience know that, when they met me afterwards, there was nothing they could say that I hadn’t heard many, many times before, so they should show some respect by not trying to convert me :)

That pastor, Randy Frazee, is now a pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, and he invited me to his church to have a similar sort of discussion this weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes, considering that it’s been years since our last public discussion and my views on churches are probably not as generous as they may have been in the past.

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The Bible (Miniseries) Gets Resurrected‎

After huge ratings and impressive DVD sales, “The Bible” miniseries that aired on the History Channel will get a second life:

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