If Trends Continue, Christians Will Soon Dip Below 50% of the Population in Australia

According to the Australian research firm Roy Morgan Research, by this time next year, non-Christians in the country may out-number Christians for the first time:



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Why Coming Out as an Atheist May Be the Most Powerful Way to Combat Religion

Greta Christina‘s new book Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why (take a wild guess what it’s about) is finally available today, and I would strongly encourage you to get a copy. It’s a wonderful resource for those who are on the fence about telling others that they don’t believe in God.

In the excerpt below, Greta talks about the power of simply telling people you’re an atheist:

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In Case You Needed Another Reason to Dislike Hobby Lobby, Its President Is Launching a Public School Bible Course

On Monday, the Mustang Public Schools board (in Oklahoma) approved a new Bible course developed by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green. Mustang will be the first district to test the supposedly secular curriculum.

Because that’s what students in Oklahoma need: More Jesus.



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New Study Shows That Even Atheists Think Atheists Are Immoral

Psychologist Will Gervais has done quite a bit of research involving the perception of atheists in society. In 2011, he and his colleague explained that people harbored anti-atheist sentiments in large part because they didn’t trust us. (Surprise!)

Gervais has just published his latest research in PLOS ONE showing, through a series of experiments, that atheism is virtually synonymous with immorality in the minds of many people. And the way he shows that link is deviously clever.

Here’s what he did for his first experiment:

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How Carl Sagan Talked to His Daughter About Death

Last month, we heard from Carl Sagan‘s son Nick about his father’s legacy.

Now it’s his half-sister’s turn. Writing for New York Magazine, Sasha Sagan tells us about her life growing up, including the time she asked her father about whether he would ever see his deceased parents again:



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