August 21, 2019

The secular era continues to roll onwards: Denominations are shrinking, churches are closing, and high-profile Christian believers are deconverting. Read more

August 19, 2019

The snake-handlers and miracle men of evangelical Appalachia. Read more

August 17, 2019

This would have been better if I had posted it last month, but some messages are timely in every season. From the folk singer Josh Joffen, in the tradition of the great protest songs of the past, here’s a reminder of what America used to stand for and one day could again: Read more

August 16, 2019

Even the grand doyenne of individualism turned out not to be as self-reliant as her protagonists. Read more

August 14, 2019

Religion is fading all over the world, in places you might expect and in places you wouldn’t. Read more

August 12, 2019

Many in-person atheist groups are struggling, but freethought is alive and well in online communities. Read more

August 9, 2019

Ayn Rand versus Hollywood censorship. Read more

August 7, 2019

Another former Christian fundamentalist discovers the failure of the anti-dating, virginity-obsessed belief system he taught and lived by. Read more

August 5, 2019

Churches are shrinking, secularism is soaring, and humanist values wield ever-greater strength in public life. Read more

August 2, 2019

How and why the film version of The Fountainhead compresses and changes the plot of the book. Read more

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