Paula Kirby

A former Christian, Paula Kirby is a writer, consultant, and project manager, specializing in freethinking and secular organizations. She lives in Scotland.

Stories by Paula Kirby

Blessed are those with a persecution complex?

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when … Continued

Why Richard Dawkins is still an atheist

In October 2008 I attended a lecture by the Christian apologist John Lennox. He could hardly contain his excitement because … Continued

Religion: the ultimate tyranny

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Gaza: What would Jehovah do?

Question: In a statement Monday, Vice President Biden said the U.S. is consulting with other nations “on new ways to … Continued

A criminal matter, not a spiritual one

Q:A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church … Continued

Seize the day

Question: What is your vision of heaven? What images from scripture, tradition or your own personal experience describe it best? … Continued

Ending the Pretense of Faith

Part 24 of the OnFaith Forum “Disbelief in the Pulpit.”

Catholics dictating terms

Question: In response to the new gay marriage law in Washington, Catholic Charities closed its adoption and foster care programs … Continued

Suffering and the vain quest for significance

Question: Many have criticized Pat Robertson’s suggestion that the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti was the work of the devil or … Continued

Two avenging angels in Ireland

Q: What was the most important religion story of 2009? 2009 was the year in which – finally – thousands … Continued

Believers in denial

The polar ice caps are melting before our very eyes, low-lying land is already being reclaimed by the rising seas, … Continued

Tilting at symbols

Q: What’s your reaction to Sunday’s decision by voters in Switzerland to ban construction of minarets, the slender towers from … Continued

Influence on equal terms

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

Morality: no gods required

Q: Is there good without God? Can people be good without God? How can people be good, in the moral … Continued

Business as usual for Vatican Enterprises, Inc.

‘It is business as usual,” said the Archbishop of Canterbury at the press conference announcing the Vatican’s latest attempt to … Continued

Vaccination: the moral imperative

Q: Polls show a majority of Americans are concerned about the H1N1 virus (swine flu), but also about the safety … Continued

Where is the Evidence of God?

By Paula Kirbyconsultant In this week’s On Faith Question, Karen Armstrong asks: “What makes the best ‘case for God’ to … Continued