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6 Struggles Only Atheists Understand. Professor links high US crime rates to evangelical beliefs. A new book by criminologist Elicka Peterson Sparks, above, claims that Christianity is to blame for America’s high crime rates because its followers believe that the Bible gives God’s ‘blessing’ to violence.

Professor links high US crime rates to evangelical beliefs

The Telegraph: “Atheism is an old boys’ club. More women should admit to being Godless” The Telegraph – January 11, 2016 The trouble with the atheist movement, of which I consider myself a part, is that sometimes it just looks far too much like religion.

The Telegraph: “Atheism is an old boys’ club. More women should admit to being Godless”

To put it bluntly: it’s pale, stale and male. Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett, are often referred to as atheism’s ‘four horsemen’. All deeply interesting individuals – but also exactly the sort of faces that a patriarchal religion might appoint as its elders. How the Non-Religious Deal with Death. Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters!

How the Non-Religious Deal with Death

Please enter your email address below and click the "Subscribe" button. How the Non-Religious Deal with Death. Atheists Are Raising Funds to Help Those Affected by the Earthquake in Ecuador. Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters!

Atheists Are Raising Funds to Help Those Affected by the Earthquake in Ecuador

Please enter your email address below and click the "Subscribe" button. Thank you for your subscription. You can visit your Preference Center to complete your profile and see what else we have to offer. We apologize, we were unable to complete your subscription at this time, please try again later. If this error persists please contact us at communications@patheos.com. It’s not just a white dude thing — and 9 other myths religious people have about atheists, debunked. Pandagon is daily opinion blog covering feminism, politics, and pop culture.

It’s not just a white dude thing — and 9 other myths religious people have about atheists, debunked

Come for the politics, stay for the complete lack of patience for the B.S. and bad faith coming from conservative leaders and pundits. In a regular poll conducted by political scientists Robert Putnam and David Campbell on American political attitudes, atheists recently lost their spot as as the most disliked group in America to the Tea Party. Still, number two is simply way too high in the unpopularity rankings for a group of people who just happen to spend Sunday mornings in bed instead of in church. Polling data shows that nearly half of Americans would disapprove if their child married an atheist and nearly 40 percent of Americans don’t see atheists as sharing their vision of American society, numbers that outstripped similar prejudices toward Muslims and African Americans.

» Atheism has ancient roots and is not ‘modern invention’, claims new text. Photo credit: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters By Alison Flood Atheism is not a modern invention from the western Enlightenment, but actually dates back to the ancient world, according to a new book by a Cambridge academic – which challenges the assumption that humanity is naturally predisposed to believe in gods.

» Atheism has ancient roots and is not ‘modern invention’, claims new text

In Battling the Gods, Tim Whitmarsh, professor of Greek culture at Cambridge University, lays out a series of examples showing that atheism existed in polytheistic ancient Greece. Atheism has ancient roots and is not ‘modern invention’, claims new text. Photo credit: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters By Alison Flood Atheism is not a modern invention from the western Enlightenment, but actually dates back to the ancient world, according to a new book by a Cambridge academic – which challenges the assumption that humanity is naturally predisposed to believe in gods.

Atheism has ancient roots and is not ‘modern invention’, claims new text

In Battling the Gods, Tim Whitmarsh, professor of Greek culture at Cambridge University, lays out a series of examples showing that atheism existed in polytheistic ancient Greece. It is, according to its author, partly “an attempt to excavate ancient atheism from underneath the rubble heaped on it by millennia of Christian opprobrium”. Whitmarsh, a fellow of St John’s College, believes that the growing trend towards seeing religion as “hardwired” into humans is deeply worrying. It is a myth, he writes, which is “nurtured by both sides of the ‘new atheism’ debate.

“Both are guilty of modernist vanity. Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below. Politicians Will Ignore Secular Americans Until We Give Them a Reason to Listen. Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters!

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Growing Up Without Religious Indoctrination

'I Don’t Believe This Anymore': What It's Like to Leave Behind Abusive, Right-Wing Religion. Americans are leaving their religions at a faster rate than ever before, and that means more are looking for help with the transition.

'I Don’t Believe This Anymore': What It's Like to Leave Behind Abusive, Right-Wing Religion

People who are casually religious may walk away and not look back. But for others religion is at the very heart of their identity, worldview and community, and having a safe place to process doubts can be a metaphorical godsend. “Reclaimers,” people who are actively working to rebuild their lives after a period of religious immersion, may struggle with harmful ideas and emotions from the beliefs they once held or the behavior of fellow believers. Secular Web: Atheism, Agnosticism, Naturalism, Skepticism and Secularism.

ExChristian.Net. Christian Writer Decries “Intolerance” of Atheist Billboards Telling People To Skip Church. Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters! Please enter your email address below and click the "Subscribe" button. Thank you for your subscription. You can visit your Preference Center to complete your profile and see what else we have to offer.

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