Pope Francis Reaches Out To the ‘Nones’: Can We Be The Pope’s Allies?

In a recent audience, where he met with dignitaries from other Christian communities, Pope Francis had a few words to say about ecumenism — a dialogue between different denominations or religious groups in search of common ground.

His speech for the occasion included shout-outs to Jews, Muslims, non-Catholic Christians, and — surprisingly — “those men and women who, although not identifying themselves as followers of any religious tradition, are nonetheless searching for truth, goodness, and beauty.”

The media latched on to those words with interest, proclaiming the pontiff’s intention to create new alliances between the Catholic Church and the “nones.” Was Francis really calling on the irreligious (including the spiritual-but-not-religious as well as Humanists) to “work with believers to build peace and protect the environment”?

My advice to atheists: tread cautiously… [Read more…]

Atheists Chime in on Alcoholics Anonymous

To add to the current thread:

Frank B. writes at the Rationalist Association that even the godless can be saved: [Read more…]

Atheist Character on ‘Cougar Town’ Pretends to Pray to Show Girlfriend He Cares

On the most recent episode of “Cougar Town” (TBS), the character Grayson Ellis (who’s dating Courteney Cox‘s character Jules Cobb) comes out as an atheist. You can see it around the 3:20 mark below:

Not a bad start. A likable atheist character. A conflict of faith. An interesting storyline… unfortunately, the conflict doesn’t really go anywhere from there. It just devolves into pointless drivel… [Read more…]

A Brief Summary of History Channel’s ‘The Bible’… Continued

Dusty picks up where he left off, now summarizing parts 3 and 4 of History Channel’s “The Bible”:

(via Cult of Dusty) [Read more…]

Edward Tarte Observes the Easter Season, Past and Present

Be sure to check out Edward’s YouTube and Facebook pages!

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