This Singer-Songwriter Made an Album That’s Half-Christian and Half-Atheist

Luke Austin Daugherty is a prolific artist, releasing eight albums and publishing multiple works of poetry over the past decade, but his most recent album may be the most fascinating because he gave up his religious faith halfway through the making of it:



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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Why He Believes Faith and Reason Are Irreconcilable

On Friday’s episode of “Moyers & Company,” Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke with host Bill Moyers about his upcoming series “Cosmos,” space, and science literacy — it’s one of the most engaging discussions about the subjects you’ll hear on television.



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UConn Assistant Football Coach: ‘Jesus Christ Should Be in the Center of our Huddle’

Ernest Jones has an interesting strategy for winning football games: his team always gets one more player than his opponents.

In an interview last week with the Hartford Courant, the UConn football team’s new assistant coach explained his philosophy on the role of faith on his team:

“And we’re going to do things in our building, fellowship, non-denominational type things, players, coaches. We’re going to make sure they understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle, that that’s something that is important. If you want to be successful and you want to win, get championships, then you better understand that this didn’t happen because of you. This happened because of our Lord and Savior. That’s going to be something said by [new head coach] Bob Diaco. That’s something that’s going to be said by Ernest Jones. That’s who we are.”

There’s important subtext in there: 1) Atheists are not welcome on the public university’s football team and 2) Jesus really wants UConn’s opponents to lose.

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Atheism Is Far from Boring

Fr. Dwight Longenecker, a Catholic blogger here on Patheos, wrote last year about how atheism is boring, dull, bland, and humorless.

Christianity, on the other hand, had “cool stuff like snake handlers, incorrupt bodies of saints, relics, Eucharistic miracles, statues that weep and bleed, [and] apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

Which is a pretty sad thing to say: We make things up and they’re way more interesting than your silly “reality”!

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Pennsylvania Rep Says That Even Atheists Support His ‘In God We Trust’ Bill. Atheists Respond with a Collective ‘No’

On Sunday, when national political figures normally appear on morning talk shows, Pennsylvania Rep. Rick Saccone appeared on a local show called “Face the State” hosted by reporter Robb Hanrahan.

If the name Saccone sounds familiar, it’s probably because he’s the Republican who sponsored legislation to make 2012 the “Year of the Bible,” declared May 3 of that year to be the “National Day of Prayer,” sponsored “National Fast Day” in 2013 (which said we owe our dependence “upon the overruling power of God” and that the only nations that are blessed are the ones “whose God is the Lord”), and — most relevant here — is currently working to put the words “In God We Trust” in every public school in the state.

So Saccone was on “Face the State” to talk about his proposed legislation. And he made some rather indefensible claims…

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