If You Don’t Think the Wafer Turns Into Jesus, You’re Not Really a Catholic

A recent Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll found that there are a bunch of Catholics in Ireland. Ok, not a surprise. But here’s the interesting part: many of them didn’t even believe in the tenets of their own faith: A total of 89 per cent of respondents were Catholic. The remainder were either not religious (6 [Read More…]

A Conversation Between Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett

Last month, Richard Dawkins & Daniel Dennett — half of the “Four Horsemen” — had a discussion in Oxford (in front of an audience) about religion, evolution, and all sorts of other fun stuff: Someone needs to take the clip of Dennett speaking at the 9:20 mark and turn it into a looped video… As [Read More…]

Get Paid to Go to Church… No, Really!

You know how large chain stores will pay people to be “secret shoppers” to see how well their employees perform? Well there’s a company that does this exclusively for churches. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. It’s called Faith Perceptions: The Mystery Guest Program tells church leaders what first-time visitors think and [Read More…]

California May Lower Science Requirements

When it comes to high school class requirements, the rule of thumb is this: You have to do what the state requires… but if you’re interested in the subject, you should do more. In Illinois (PDF), for example, you have to take at least three years of math (including Algebra I and Geometry). But if [Read More…]

What Do You Do When Your Mormon Husband Loses His Faith?

In case you need a good read, Maren Stephenson has a wonderful story at Alternet. The short version: She and her husband were Mormons. He lost his faith. Conflict, conflict, tension, tension. Resolution. A couple of excerpts: We rarely talked about religion, yet it consumed us. When Sean replaced his temple garments — the sacred [Read More…]