This is Why It’s Worthwhile to Discuss Religion with Theists

Neil Carter, like many of us, has had his share of debates and conversations with religious people. Is it worth it? When both sides appear to be forever-committed to their ideas, why bother trying to convince the other person s/he’s wrong?

He offers these five reasons for why he believes those conversations are worthwhile:



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The Secular Traditions of Christmas

Stephanie Rona walked through the beautiful secular traditions of Christmas and how, even in our country’s history, it has been possible to celebrate it without Christ. It begins at the 1:10 mark:

I was pleasantly surprised by the bit at the 1:42 mark.

(via Houston Oasis)

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Peter O’Toole, Atheist Actor and 8-Time Academy Award Nominee, Dead at 81

Yesterday, we lost Peter O’Toole, the actor who first came to fame portraying Lawrence of Arabia.

While much can be said of his brilliant career, it’s worth noting that O’Toole was the rare actor who would not have thanked God if he had ever won an Oscar.

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A Pentecostal Christian-Turned-Atheist is Making a Documentary About Losing God

Two years ago, Josh Preville was a Pentecostal Christian. Today, he’s an atheist.

The process was a difficult one but he got through it (in part by writing a letter to his family explaining his decisions). Josh is now working on a documentary in which he discusses faith with a variety of atheists and Christians. No big names; just people from both sides who have very strong beliefs and want to share them.

(The guys at 0:26 and 1:49 will make you all sorts of angry.)

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In Honor of Christopher Hitchens, Two Years Later

Two years after his death, Christopher Hitchens‘ legacy still looms large. With extreme faith linked to civil rights abuses around the world, his warning that “religion poisons everything” remains as true as ever.



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