Science And Religion Battle For A Man's Beliefs In I Origins Trailer

Given the ever-expanding battle between those who trust science and those who believe in a supreme deity, I expect Mike Cahill's follow-up to Another Earth to raise quite a stir. In I Origins, a scientist experiences a phenomenon he can't explain with science — a crisis of faithlessness, if you will. » 4/10/14 10:53am 4/10/14 10:53am

A Zen Priest explains how spirituality will evolve in the future

Love it or hate it, the world's religions are in no danger of disappearing any time soon. But that doesn't mean religious and spiritual sensibilities aren't going to evolve. To learn more about religion's future, we talked to Michael LaTorra. By day, he's a mild-mannered Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico… » 2/17/14 11:04am 2/17/14 11:04am

Oprah pisses off atheists by saying they've no sense of awe or wonder

On a recent episode of Super Soul Sunday, Oprah Winfrey told long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad that it's inconsistent for atheists to experience "awe" and "wonder," prompting one of the most awkward conversations about God and faith that you'll ever see. » 10/15/13 8:40am 10/15/13 8:40am

New polls suggest Americans are becoming less religious

Though it might seem like Americans are as pious as ever, most feel that religion is losing its influence in the U.S. — and a record number are now claiming to have no religion at all. » 5/30/13 7:00am 5/30/13 7:00am

Where do the world's atheists live?

A recent poll conducted by WIN/Gallup International concluded that ~13% of the globe self-identifies as atheist (more than twice the percentage seen in America). Here's how those atheists are distributed around the world. » 5/29/13 9:20am 5/29/13 9:20am

Packages sealed with "Atheist" tape go missing 10x more often than…

Does the United States Postal Service discriminate against atheists? A recent experiment suggests it does. ATHEIST SHOES is a German based-company that, as its name suggests, makes comfy kicks "for people who don't believe in god(s)." The company regularly ships shoes, like the ones pictured above, to America. When it… » 3/27/13 9:20am 3/27/13 9:20am

How this millionaire activist is making atheism the next civil rights…

Nearly one in five Americans now identify themselves as being religiously unaffiliated — a figure that’s been on the rise for the past two decades. But as atheists and non-religious folk increasingly step out of the closet, many still feel marginalized — and even a bit threatened — by a larger religious society wary of … » 3/26/13 9:40am 3/26/13 9:40am

Anti-creationist activist Zack Kopplin wins award for being…

Last month we told you about Zack Kopplin, the 19-year old activist who's making life hell for Louisiana's creationists. Kopplin, in addition to his campaign to get the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act repealed, is seeking to reform the U.S. school voucher system, which currently funds schools that teach… » 2/15/13 9:40am 2/15/13 9:40am

Why Smug Atheists Should Read More Science Fiction

You can't be on Twitter these days without being bombarded with atheistic smugness. You know what I mean. People who can't just profess that they don't believe in God — they have to taunt religious people for believing in "fairy tales." Or the Tooth Fairy. Most of the time, these are geeks who have immense respect for… » 11/27/12 1:55pm 11/27/12 1:55pm

So you're ready to come out as an atheist? Here's how to do it

Patrick Mitchell of Coffee Shop Atheist has put together a comprehensive and practical guide for atheists looking to come out of the closet. Mitchell is aware that atheists risk censure, anger, and outright excommunication from family, friends, and their communities, for their belief in the non-existence of God. So… » 9/14/12 12:30pm 9/14/12 12:30pm

Religion can improve your self-control — even if you don't believe in…

Think your beliefs preclude you from being influenced by religious thoughts? Think again. Psychologists at Queen's University have demonstrated that test subjects who are primed to think subconsciously about religion — including agnostics and atheists — actually perform better at tasks requiring self-control than those … » 5/17/12 11:28am 5/17/12 11:28am

Atheist scientists often expose their children to religious views for…

It turns out that atheist parents don't attempt to raise their children in an "atheist tradition" the way religious parents do with religious traditions. Rice University sociologist Elaine Ecklund surveyed over 2,000 scientists and found that half expressed "no religious identity." She pulled 275 of these atheists, and… » 12/05/11 9:26am 12/05/11 9:26am