September 19, 2018

Adding atheism and humanism to the public curriculum merely reflects the reality of demographic changes that are already happening. Read more

September 17, 2018

By James A. Haught Last fall, the 2017 American Family Survey by Brigham Young University found that churchless people have become the nation’s largest segment. Asked “What is your present religion, if any?”, five percent replied “atheist,” six percent said “agnostic” and 23 percent chose “nothing in particular.” This religionless total of 34 percent outstripped Protestants (33 percent), Catholics (21 percent), Jews (two percent), Muslims (two percent), Mormons (one percent) and all smaller groups. The AFS findings were the highest… Read more

September 14, 2018

Why second-handers are the best lovers; why wanting to find yourself is a sign of evil. Read more

September 12, 2018

By James A. Haught In the vast annals of faith-based killing, some episodes are widely known, while other religious bloodbaths are oddly forgotten. The whole world is aware of the stunning “martyr” attack of Sept. 11, 2001. And most people recall the Jonestown tragedy and the Waco siege — as well as historic horrors: the Inquisition, the witch-hunts, the Crusades, the Reformation wars, the pogroms against Jews, the era of human sacrifice, etc. However, some other faith-driven tragedies have mostly… Read more

September 10, 2018

Meaning, love and purpose exist by virtue of the fact that they exist in human minds, but God isn’t the same kind of thing. Read more

September 7, 2018

Building in styles that Howard Roark doesn’t like is bad, but trying to build like him is also bad. Read more

September 5, 2018

By James A. Haught Here’s an interesting literary footnote: James Baldwin, arguably America’s greatest black writer, was a popular Pentecostal preacher in Harlem at age 14 — but at 17 he renounced religion as a sham. Years later, he described his boyhood transformation in an essay titled Down at the Cross, first published in the New Yorker, then reprinted in his civil rights book, The Fire Next Time. He told of growing up amid the bitter hopelessness of the black… Read more

September 3, 2018

Ignoring accusations against your ideological allies is a Catholic tradition on both sides of the political aisle. Read more

August 31, 2018

Why Roark and Dominique’s eventual relationship is doomed; the death of the American department store. Read more

August 29, 2018

By James A. Haught Silly episodes of religion flare occasionally — and America’s Satanist hysteria of the 1980s and ’90s was especially ludicrous. Many fundamentalists thought the moon-and-stars logo on Procter & Gamble soap signified a secret pact with Lucifer. P&G sued born-again Amway dealers who spread the absurd tale. Some evangelicals thought the blue-faced “Smurfs” cartoon show was a ploy to lure children into Satanism. Ditto for the Dungeons & Dragons video game. Still others thought that heavy metal… Read more

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