Daniel C. Dennett


Daniel C. Dennett is University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He is the author of several books, including "Caught in the Pulpit" (co-authored by Linda LaScola), "Breaking the Spell," "Freedom Evolves" and "Darwin's Dangerous Idea."

Stories by Daniel C. Dennett

Pastors Who Don’t Believe: Can Churches Support Them?

How many churches today are led by ministers who have lost their faith? Can churches learn to accept and support them?

How to tell if you’re an atheist

The existence of clergy without belief is neither rare nor trivial.

Open the books, tell the truth

Pope Benedict the XVI cannot escape responsibility for clerical sex abuse scandals in Europe.

Non-Believing Clergy: Now What Shall We Do?

Part 19 of the OnFaith Forum “Disbelief in the Pulpit.”

Are Non-Believing Clergy a Silent Majority?

Part one of the OnFaith Forum “Disbelief in the Pulpit.”

Problem of evil and religion’s double standard

There is no “solution” to the problem of evil.

Religious no longer a protected class

Not only is there no media bias against Christianity, but a double-standard exists.

Good Without Gods

We can all be good for goodness’ — not God’s — sake.

An Education

Giving our children the balanced, religious education that they deserve.

You Want Facts or Feelings?

When personal convictions and empirical data clash.

Candidates’ Religious Hypocrisy Won’t Stand

The long road to political secularism in American politics.

Muslims Must Demand Free Speech

Sayed Parwiz Kambakhsh and the necessity for political freedom.

The Agony of Misplaced Ecstasy

Making sense of of Mother Teresa’s agonies of doubt.

Teach Our Children Well

The case for compulsory “religious” education in schools.

‘God’ or ‘Allah’?

What can political rhetoric tell us about religion in America today?

Relying on Faith Instead of Facts Brought Moral Calamity

How religious zealotry led the United States into a twenty-first century crusade.

Not Yet The Majority But No Longer Silent

Re-branding secularism: what it means to be a public atheist in American discourse today.

Protecting Democracy Comes Before Promoting Faith

Preserving democratic secularism in the face of a growing faction of religious extremism.

The Gift of Perspective

Why it’s important to give children a lesson in historical perspective when sharing our beliefs with them.

Thank Goodness Not God on Thanksgiving

What it means to feel thankful without acknowledging a higher authority.