The United States becomes steadily more secular

In a follow up report released today, Pew Research Center reveals that the United States is becoming steadily less religious and more secular. Though Pew describes this report as generally revealing "a great deal of stability in the U.S. religious landscape," there are also clear downward trends in religious affiliation and clear upward trends in secularization. The religious remain as religious as they ever were, which should be unsurprising. In the face of greater secularization it stands to … [Read more...]

The religious life of Joe Biden

I can count on one hand the times that a politician has brought me to tears. This interview, which many of you will have no doubt already seen, is one. Vice President Joe Biden’s obviously genuine responses to Stephen Colbert’s very personal questions about the recent death of his son, Beau, and the loss of his first wife and their daughter was visceral and moving.What struck me most of all, however, is the way both men talked about their Catholicism. For years we’ve heard about Colbe … [Read more...]

Intimations of Anti-Theism

I’m ambivalent about anti-theism. In general, I think believing in and appealing to invisible, supernatural agents is detrimental to human moral and intellectual development. My feelings about religion also vary, depending on the day, but one of the ways I would describe myself is anti-absolutist. Some things are absolutely detrimental, like drinking poison or stepping into moving traffic. These things are definitely not recommended under any circumstances.Religion is not that clear cut. For … [Read more...]

The Story of God

Variety announced today that Morgan Freeman will narrate a new TV series scheduled to air in 2016 on the National Geographic Channel, called "The Story of God."From the story: “God is arguably the most important topic of our time,” said Lori McCreary, Freeman’s producing partner at Revelations Entertainment and an executive producer on the series. “National Geographic’s unprecedented inside access will allow us to explore the global mystery behind God and religion. With Morgan as our storyte … [Read more...]

Different era, same injustice

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...]

Waking Up: A Review

In the preface of Sam Harris’ new book, Waking Up, out today from Simon & Schuster, he tells us, his readers, that this is the book he’s wanted to write for more than a decade. It is almost as though his earlier books were so much brush clearing to give him the time and space to write this book, which I suspect will come to be regarded as vintage Sam Harris. After all, he has given his entire life, not only to the research behind this book, but to the personal practice of the things he is spe … [Read more...]


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