Wait, What? Carl Sagan Was NOT an Atheist?

I don't know where I got this idea, but I've always thought that Carl Sagan, the astronomer whose popular show "Cosmos" incited interest in the heavens, did not believe in Heaven.  Nor, I thought, did he believe in an Almighty God, who lives in the aforementioned Heaven.I am gratified to report that I was at least partly wrong.  Perhaps his most famous quote from "Cosmos"--after the iconic "Billions and billions of stars"--is what's come to be known as the Sagan Standard: "Extraordinary c … [Read more...]

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This Time, It’s Atheist Scalfari Who Surprises–He Asks Pope Francis for a Blessing

Last year, I wrote a few times about Pope Francis' encounters with the journalist Eugenio Scalfari,the 90-year-old atheist intellectual who has been editor of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica for twenty years.Lat summer, Scalfari's recollections about his personal interview with the pope caused controversy here in the United States and among Catholics around the world--leading Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi to insist that the words in his interview "cannot be attributed to the … [Read more...]

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At Ohio State, Test Alleges That Atheists Are Smarter Than Christians

Undergraduate students at Ohio State University should know that atheists are smarter than Christians.At least, that's the viewpoint reflected on a for-credit homework quiz in a Psychology 1100 course.  The assignment included the following question: Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125.  Which of the following statements would you expect to be true?Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian. Aine earns less money than Theo. Theo is more liberal than Aine. Theo is an … [Read more...]

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