“Mommy, can I draw Muhammad?”


Fellow Patheos Atheist Channel blogger, Wendy Thomas Russell, invited a group of people to participate in a group blogging project. As she writes, "Occasionally this blog features a series called “Mommy, What’s That?” — aimed at giving secular parents some simple, straightforward and open-minded ways to describe religious concepts. We’ve covered Satan, souls, the Bible — you know, run-of-the-mill Judeo-Christian stuff.But a couple of months ago, I began thinking about a particularly tricky ( … [Read more...]

American Christians scramble for silver lining in Pew religion poll


Pew Research report shows Catholics and Evangelicals both declining, but it’s still good news, they say. Or at least okay.by Ryan Bell and Dan ArelAmericans are losing their religion. At least that is what a new study released this week by Pew Research has shown. The study polled more than 35,000 Americans from all 50 states and mapped changes to the country’s religious diversity over the past eight years.The study found, to many people’s surprise, that religiously unaffiliated adults … [Read more...]

Adventist “Holy Sexuality Conference” cancelled

hs conf

UPDATE: Further clarification from the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists below----My former denomination continues to make headlines, though not in the way they'd like, I think. Ben Carson has been saying things like homosexuality "absolutely" is a choice. Though he later apologized I don't think he suddenly changed his mind. It's more like the apology I used to offer my parents: I'm sorry I got caught. Or worse, I'm sorry some people were offended. The classic … [Read more...]

Different era, same injustice

Mark Twain House

I'm completely geeking out right now! I'm sitting at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT (actually, in the Carriage House next door) where I'm speaking tonight at 7 pm about my Year Without God. I've spent a fair bit of time with some of Mark Twain's writings about religion over the past year. A few days ago I posted a link on my Facebook page to a piece entitled "Bible Teaching and Religious Practice" from Europe and Elsewhere."The Christian Bible is a drug store," he writes. "Its contents … [Read more...]

Christian university’s morality prevents them from helping LGBTQ homeless youth


3/11/15 10:32 AM -- UPDATE below...Some disturbing things have been happening in the past couple of days at my alma mater, Andrews University.[1] An unofficial gay-straight alliance on campus called AULL4ONE decided that they wanted to have a bake sale to raise money for an agency called Project Fierce Chicago, whose mission is to “reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing identity-affirming transitional housing,” Cassandra Avenatti, Project Fierce Chicago’s founder, told me. … [Read more...]

Ideology kills

chapel hill shooting

There has been a great deal of soul-searching in the past 24 hours around the triple homicide in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It's so upsetting that I almost can't make my fingers do this typing but I think it's important. It's possible you've read exactly what I'm going to say here somewhere else, but I want to say it anyway.As many philosophers, social scientists and even theologians, have pointed out, religions tend to intensify in-group loyalties and out-group hostilities. This tension … [Read more...]