College Atheist Group Advertises New Service for Religious Doubters with Unique Campaign

Have you ever driven down the highway and seen a series of Christian signs just lodged into the ground on the side of the road, one after another, telling you to repent or you’re go to hell?

I’d never seen an atheist version of that until now — but the Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison did something very similar to that on the side of Bascom Hill, a popular thoroughfare on campus. It was all part of a service they’re offering called “Faith Questioning,” the goal of which is not to create new atheists, but to help anyone unsure of where they stand come to a stronger understanding of their own beliefs:

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Atheist Bloggers Indicted in Bangladesh for Speaking Out Against Faith

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the atheist bloggers in Bangladesh who face jail time and hefty fines for speaking out against faith:

You can read more about the Bangladeshi bloggers here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next! [Read more...]

Why Did You Leave Your Religion? Take This Survey So We Can Find Out

If you were once religious but you’re not anymore (hello, ~97% of my readers!), Michael Caton would appreciate it if you’d complete a 10-15-minute survey where you explain what caused your mind to change. All responses will remain anonymous.

He’ll be posting a summary of the results online soon enough. It’s not scientific, but it’ll be interesting to see what the trends are! [Read more...]

The Atheist Church Is Set to Launch in Several New Cities In the Coming Months

The organizers of the Sunday Assembly, the atheist church service that has been so successful in London and several other cities worldwide, have announced where they will be heading on the first leg of their “40 Dates and 40 Nights” tour:

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Fake or Real? Answers to Yesterday’s Quiz Questions — Find Out Which Outlandish Religious Practices I Made Up

So here was the setup: Yesterday, I presented 15 brief descriptions of behaviors that were religious or spiritual in nature — some mainstream, some obscure. Three of them were fictional; the other 12 were real. Your job was to separate my fabrications from the things that people actually do to pay respect to their gods and spirits.

Some readers thought the 15 bizarre practices were all made up. Rather than give them an “F,” I’ll let the gods take care of them. Be rueful and very afraid, oh ye of little faith!

Others thought it was a trick question and that all 15 examples were real — and, to be honest, I’d toyed with that thought when I put the quiz together. In the end, however, it seemed more fun to concoct a few rituals of my own. So I did.

Now let’s go down the list.

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