Why Are This Many Atheist Scientists Taking Their Children to Church?

We know some atheists participate in religious communities for a variety of reasons, but what about atheist scientists? How many of them participate in religious communities? A new study by Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund and University at Buffalo SUNY sociologist Kristen Schultz Lee, published in the December 2011 Journal for the Scientific Study [Read More...]

New Research Says Anti-Atheist Prejudice Stems from Distrust

We know people don’t like atheists. Researchers at the University of Minnesota told us in 2006 (PDF) that “atheists are less likely to be accepted, publicly and privately, than any others from a long list of ethnic, religious, and other minority groups.” But why is that the case? University of British Columbia psychologist Will Gervais [Read More...]

Survey Says Catholics Are Becoming Less Catholic

The National Catholic Reporter has put out their fifth survey cataloguing Catholic attitudes and practices in America. We should be throwing a party to celebrate these results. When asked what aspects of Catholicism are important to them, most Catholics fall in line with typical Christian teachings, but they take a Honey Badger approach to what [Read More...]

Would You Be Comfortable with an Atheist President? 2011 Survey Says…

The Public Religion Research Institute just released the 2011 American Values Survey — “a large annual survey exploring important issues at the intersection of religion, values and politics.” The headlines are focusing on how only 42% of Americans know Mitt Romney is a Mormon and how most Americans want to see a redistribution of wealth, [Read More...]

Memo to FFRF: I Found a New Batch of Lawyers for You

I don’t know how this data was acquired other than saying it was a self-reported study, but since it got Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defense Fund all worked up, it must be worth talking about. It turns out that, on the whole, atheists and agnostics make up the largest percentage of current Yale Law [Read More...]


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