Atheism Is Far from Boring

Fr. Dwight Longenecker, a Catholic blogger here on Patheos, wrote last year about how atheism is boring, dull, bland, and humorless.

Christianity, on the other hand, had “cool stuff like snake handlers, incorrupt bodies of saints, relics, Eucharistic miracles, statues that weep and bleed, [and] apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

Which is a pretty sad thing to say: We make things up and they’re way more interesting than your silly “reality”!

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It’s Not Just Exorcism That’s Becoming More Popular…

Turns out there’s a growing demand for exorcists in the Catholic Church in Italy and Spain…



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New York Man Convicted of Stabbing His Wife in the Neck More Than 30 Times, For ‘Not Being a Good Muslim Woman’

Soon after Robert Williams stabbed his wife, Sakina Wallace, in the neck more than 30 times, killing her, he submitted to a police interview.

On the videotape,

A detective showed Williams a photo of Wallace and referred to the victim as a Muslim woman. In turn, Williams responded: “Muslim woman? If she was a Muslim woman none of this (expletive) would even exist.”

At trial, the prosecutors said that Williams, 41, had gotten it into his head that Wallace was cheating on him, and that he killed her because

“… he objected to her behavior in their Muslim community.”



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Pennsylvania Rep Says That Even Atheists Support His ‘In God We Trust’ Bill. Atheists Respond with a Collective ‘No’

On Sunday, when national political figures normally appear on morning talk shows, Pennsylvania Rep. Rick Saccone appeared on a local show called “Face the State” hosted by reporter Robb Hanrahan.

If the name Saccone sounds familiar, it’s probably because he’s the Republican who sponsored legislation to make 2012 the “Year of the Bible,” declared May 3 of that year to be the “National Day of Prayer,” sponsored “National Fast Day” in 2013 (which said we owe our dependence “upon the overruling power of God” and that the only nations that are blessed are the ones “whose God is the Lord”), and — most relevant here — is currently working to put the words “In God We Trust” in every public school in the state.

So Saccone was on “Face the State” to talk about his proposed legislation. And he made some rather indefensible claims…

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How to Have a Friendly (and Effective) Religious Debate

This is a guest post written by David G. McAfee.

You know what they say: Never discuss religion or politics… that is, of course, unless you want to engage in discussion about some of the most important topics of this or any generation.

Studying religions has always been a passion of mine. From a very young age, I remember being intrigued by what my friends and family believed — and why. But, in my culture and many others, to discuss the topic in any substantive way was considered taboo. Now, as a religious studies graduate and the author of secular-themed works, I’ve had to get used to dealing with religious debates in a calm, rational, and friendly manner. As a result, I’ve learned that, contrary to popular opinion, you can reach some believers through rational dialogue. Indoctrination is difficult to undo, but not impossible. It’s a lesson that Bill Nye may want to take to heart as he gears up for his upcoming debate against Creationist Ken Ham.

Here are some tips on how to have a friendly and effective religious debate:

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