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Is faith the world’s most effective placebo?

Mark Poprocki / iStock My 15 minutes of fame, courtesy of an article in the Washington Post featuring me as … Continued

‘’God particle” discovery ignites debate over science and religion

The Higgs boson is perhaps better known by its sexier nickname: the “God particle.” But in fact, many scientists, including … Continued

Catholic women and contraception: Why don’t Catholics use Natural Family Planning?

Associated Press The Catholic Church, McGuire argues, should use this moment to more clearly explain its teaching on contraception and … Continued

Educating fundamentalists

If there is one thing that infuriates defenders of the faiths about atheists, it is that we keep pointing out … Continued

Experience G-d to know G-d

In a Pew Forum survey released Tuesday, atheists and agnostic surpass all other groups in their knowledge of religion. How … Continued

Every secular vote must be counted in this election

The dramatic year 1968, when I cast my first unhappy presidential vote for Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey, was also the … Continued

People need power and your prayers

Q: The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a widening environmental, economic and political crisis. Is it … Continued

Science and religion: Conflict or dialogue?

By Francisco J. Ayala2010 Templeton Prize Laureate Science and religion are like two different windows through which we look at … Continued

Atheists — naughty and nice — should define themselves

I was somewhat taken aback recently when I found myself on a list of “kinder, gentler atheists”–most of them women–compiled … Continued

What is God?

By Jacob NeedlemanProfessor of Philosophy, San Francisco State University Under the word “God” all that is highest and lowest in … Continued

Reinventing the Body,

Dear Readers and Friends, In our quest to grow and evolve, we all run into obstacles. We meet resistance. Change … Continued

Disbelief About Belief

What is the future of religion? During much of the 20th Century experts accepted the secularization hypothesis, which held that … Continued

The Undead World Of Supernatural Junk Thought

There is absolutely no difference between supernatural beliefs in such ancient systems of junk thought as astrology and supernatural beliefs … Continued

Am I Baha’i?

Please identify which of the following themes you find religiously compelling and/or generally good practice: 1. The abandonment of all … Continued

Religious Mobiliity and the Reverse Madrassa

That “more than 4 in 10 Americans have switched their religious affiliation since childhood or dropped out of any formal … Continued

A Path Religion and Science Can Follow

Today, with the ongoing controversy about the teaching of intelligent design as a counter balance to Darwinian evolutionary theory, and … Continued

Science and Religion: A Question of Humility

Albert Einstein said it best, “science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. Einstein understood what today’s “leading” … Continued

Partners not Antagonists

Catholic teaching holds that there can be no conflict between faith and reason, but history shows us that sometimes scientists … Continued

Less Anti-theism, More Humanism

In this quote, Sally and Jon identify a classic example of the way in which Christopher Hitchens’s approach to religion … Continued

Know-Nothing Nation: Flunking Religion Too

The United States is the most religious nation in the developed world, if religion is measured by churchgoing (or, to … Continued