Ask Richard: Atheist’s Mother Tries to Guilt Trip Him

Dear Richard, I came out as an atheist to my ultra-Catholic parents about a year ago. Surprisingly, my Dad has been very understanding. I had to move back in with my parents because I am in my last quarter of undergrad. My mother, despite her knowledge of my atheism was under the impression that I [Read More...]

Priest to Congregation: Steal!

Umm… this must be an example of a church teaching morality: Father Tim Jones, a 41-year-old clergyman at St. Lawrence Church in York, England, said that shoplifting — rather than prostitution or burglary — is sometimes the best option for poor people struggling to make ends meet… Because burglary is very different from shoplifting? At [Read More...]

New Banner

There’s a new, cleaner looking banner at the top of the page. I absolutely love it. The ambigram was created by Tiffany Harvey (who does beautiful work and will one day design my tattoo). She is awesome and you should all hire her for all your designing purposes. The banner was then put together by [Read More...]

The Problem with the Prosperity Gospel

In a piece for The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin asks, “Did Christianity Cause the Crash?” Many explanations have been offered for the housing bubble and subsequent crash: interest rates were too low; regulation failed; rising real-estate prices induced a sort of temporary insanity in America’s middle class. But there is one explanation that speaks to a [Read More...]

Why Should Atheists Celebrate the Holidays?

Greta Christina has a terrific article highlighting several reasons atheists should be celebrating this time of year: Reason #7: Holiday traditions are comforting. The human need for tradition and ritual seems to be deeply ingrained. It’s comforting to do things at the same time every day or every year: things we did as children, things [Read More...]