Can We Really Change Anyone’s Mind?

There’s an article making the rounds regarding “The Backfire Effect.” It argues that “When your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your beliefs get stronger.” At least at it pertains to us, when we argue about religion with theists, their defenses tend to go up, and they may become even more religious in the [Read More…]

Why Did Get Rid of the Atheism Section?

A while back, in order to find books about atheism on Amazon, you could click through the following links: Amazon –> Books –> Religion & Spirituality –> Spirituality –> Atheism (You could argue that atheism doesn’t belong in a Spirituality section — and you’d be right — but that’s another debate.) Now, the atheism section [Read More…]

Humans (The Nonbelievers Anthem)

Check out this new song by atheist hip-hop artist Copastatic — there’s a powerful message contained in the NSFW lyrics: (Hook) Are we human or are we dancers? My signs are vital My hands are cold And I’m on my knees looking for the answer Are we human? or are we dancers? (Verse 1) How [Read More…]

A Secular Summer Retreat in Michigan

The folks at Center For Inquiry Michigan have their Fifth Annual Secular Summer Retreat July 22nd-24th, and it looks amazing. There will be games, hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking. It’s like Camp Quest for the whole family! Early registration ends on Wednesday, so sign up now if you’d like to go [Read more…]

Ask Richard: Should I Feign Converting to Judaism to Keep Peace in the Family?

Dear Richard, I’m in a long-term relationship with a man raised in a modern Orthodox Jewish family. He and I are atheists happy to participate in Jewish culture, but lacking any interest in the spiritual side of things. His parents are both very observant. His mom converted before marrying his dad, and now runs a [Read More…]