Is Christianity Beneficial or Harmful to Society?

Christopher Hitchens memorably wrote about why God Is Not Great. Now, John W. Loftus has compiled a new anthology building off of that premise and showing us why faith is far from a virtue.

In his book, Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails, Loftus and a panel of experts (including Peter Boghossian, Victor J. Stenger, and Annie Laurie Gaylor) write about why the problem with religion isn’t just a fringe group of believers, but faith itself.

In the excerpt below, Loftus answers the question: “Is Christianity beneficial or harmful to society?”

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I Saw Left Behind So You Don’t Have To

Over the weekend, I went to go see Left Behind. That’s right, I paid for a goddamn ticket to see Left Behind. (The things I do for you people…)

We’ll be discussing the movie on the podcast soon, but I wanted to get a few thoughts out while it’s all fresh in my mind.

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American Atheists Launches #AtheistVoter Campaign, but Will It Be Effective?

American Atheists just launched a new campaign urging atheists to get active and go vote.



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Once Again, An Atheist Evangelizes Reason from the Sidewalk and Then Analyzes His Conversation with a Stranger

Once again, Anthony Magnabosco has made a video in which he speaks to a stranger about his or her religious beliefs for just five minutes — and then deconstructs the whole conversation afterwards. In this case, he happened to run into another atheist. But there’s no reason to end the conversation just because of that:



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 25: Elizabeth Cavell, Freedom From Religion Foundation

Our latest podcast guest is Elizabeth Cavell, an attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Cavell graduated from Tulane University Law School in 2009 and worked for a while as a deputy public defender in southern Colorado before becoming an FFRF staff attorney.

We spoke with her about which kind of complaints are the most numerous at FFRF, how the Christian claim of “persecution” has become a way to protect privilege, and whether she ever speaks with her cultural counterparts.

This episode is sponsored by Be Secular. Readers of this site can get a 10% discount on products by using the promo code “Friendly”!

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