The Man Who Could Have Been Pope: ‘The Church is 200 Years Out of Date’

Socially liberal Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini could have been Pope (he was passed over for Joseph Ratzinger). He died a couple of days ago and his final interview was a well-deserved condemnation of Catholic Church practices: “Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and the church bureaucracy rises up; our rituals and [Read More…]

Church Holds Garage Sale for Community… Gives Everything Away for Free

This falls under the category of “Things Christians Do That Atheists Need to Copy.” In Hampden, Maine, the Community Church of the Open Door held a garage sale… but instead of selling off goods, they just gave everything away to members of the community. Consider it a gesture of goodwill: Hundreds of items, donated by [Read More…]

Help a Nigerian Humanist Study Witch Camps

Leo Igwe is one of the good guys. He lives in Nigeria and he’s studying the “witch camps” of Northern Ghana. Basically, women who are accused of being witches are expelled from their villages — and if they’re not lynched, they may end up in these camps. But how do these camps operate? How are [Read More…]

When Times Are Tough, God Isn’t Going to Help You

David Hayward (a.k.a. nakedpastor) uses the saying “There are no atheists in foxholes” to point out a metaphorical truth: … I’ve seen and personally experienced people under extreme threat who realize their faith has totally evaporated. I’m convinced that we need to get in touch with our atheism, our unbelief. Is there a separate “Deity” [Read More…]

God Wants You to Wear ALL the Things

(via Scenes from a Multiverse — Thanks to Julien for the link!) [Read more…]