August 17, 2018

Rand’s protagonists can step twice in the same river. Read more

August 15, 2018

By James A. Haught Suppose a miracle is reported — say, another Virgin Mary sighting by Catholics, or the 900-foot Jesus seen by evangelist Oral Roberts. Some Americans will embrace this news joyfully as evidence of the holy, while others will be skeptical. Here’s my question: What causes some people to believe such reports and others to doubt them? What is different inside the minds of the two groups? What makes believers and doubters? I really don’t know — and… Read more

August 13, 2018

Atheism has a positive and uplifting message to offer the next generation, but religious apologists want to dismiss it without hearing it. Read more

August 11, 2018

I almost missed this new album by Florence + the Machine. It’s quieter and more confessional than her previous releases (relatively speaking – Florence Welch hasn’t lost that operatic thunder, she just holds it in reserve more often). I’ve read that the lyrics of this song came from a private poem she wrote. I can’t stop thinking about this part: At seventeen, I started to starve myself I thought that love was a kind of emptiness And at least I… Read more

August 10, 2018

Will you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean? Read more

August 8, 2018

The bloodiest civil war in history was ignited by Christian pamphlets. Read more

August 6, 2018

Desperation and greed are a dangerous combination. Read more

August 3, 2018

Loving humanity means hating humans, and vice versa. Read more

August 1, 2018

By James A. Haught My far-flung family is quite diverse. Dr. John F. Haught is a renowned Catholic theologian who has produced a flood of erudite books. A Haught woman in the Southwest wrote several lurid sex novels. And I’ve churned out a string of skeptic-agnostic books and magazine essays. I once sent both of my relatives a joint note saying our collective writing “shows there are holy Haughts, heathen Haughts and horny Haughts.” Neither answered. Well, Dr. Haught is… Read more

July 30, 2018

Brave women are speaking out, but there’s no solution to this problem in a patriarchal church structure where women are subordinate to men. Read more

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