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The Best Game in Town

In 1949 when I was 15 years of age, I was starting my last year at a boarding school in … Continued

Memories of a Skeptical Girlhood

Catholic school was my formative religious experience. In parochial school, at least two hours out of each day were devoted … Continued

Conversion on Palm Sunday, 1953

My most formative religious experience would be my conversion to being a follower of Jesus as a small child on … Continued

Dying Strangers Lifted Me Up

In the autumn of 1947, when I knew I wanted to write, but was giving Christian ministry as a vocational … Continued

A Grandmother’s Last Lesson

My most formative religious experience was being with my grandmother the day before she died. It was Passover, and we … Continued

Most Important Religious Experience Is Life-Long

Religious experiences come in many forms. I grew up in the Bible Belt of the South about half a mile … Continued

Put Competence First

The Constitution specifically prohibits a religious test for holding public office, but that does not prohibit voters from exercising spiritual … Continued

Religious Moderates Need to Speak Up

Atheism is enjoying a certain vogue at least in part because it feels like the last gasp of those rationalists … Continued

Let’s Hope It’s A Lasting Vogue

Athorism is enjoying a certain vogue right now. Can there be a productive conversation between Valhallans and athorists? Naïve literalists … Continued

Faith, Commitments and Mideast Peace

Each person has to deal with various facets of faith. In my book, Living Faith, I describe how all of … Continued

There Is No Right or Wrong Way

Believing in God is not a choice. Either you do or you don’t or you struggle with it. That does … Continued

Not Yet The Majority But No Longer Silent

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

Atheists In The Pews

Down here on the ground, where ordinary people try to practice and think about their faith, we know a little … Continued

Neither the Problem Nor the Arguments Are New

While atheism is now enjoying a certain vogue in the U.S., it is not a new phenomenon. In Europe it … Continued

Living As if God Really Did Exist

An important dialogue between a believer and a non-believer has developed in the past two years in the conversation between … Continued

No Atheists (Still) Need Apply

In nearly every interview about my book, Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism,I am asked whether I am an atheist … Continued

Fortunately There’s Atheism in the Bible

An unvarnished look at the 20th century could make an atheist out of anybody: the trenches in France, the ovens … Continued

Atheists Must Deal With the ‘Problem of Good’

Reading the comments on this website, it’s clear there are some atheists out there who have even more of a … Continued

Atheists Formed by Distraction

To the extent that atheism is in vogue right now (I wouldn’t know how to measure that), the explanation may … Continued

While They Debate God’s Existence, Earth Burns

Whether you argue for theism or atheism, does it bother you that while you are enjoying that ancient debate the … Continued