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Why non-believers need rituals too

The last time I put my own atheism through the spin cycle rather than simply wiping it clean was when I wanted to make a ceremony after the birth of my third child. Would it be a blessing? From who? What does the common notion of a new baby as…

Andrew Sullivan: Politicization of Christianity fuels atheism in U.S.

Columnist and author Andrew Sullivan said Sunday that atheism was growing in the United States because more and more people saw Christianity as an organization intent on gaining political power. “I think our ability to be reasonable in politics and faithful in religion, and to keep those two things separate,…

Atheism is an idea more than an identity

Back from Skepticon and still trying to catch up! Fun was had by all, mostly because of the onstage talks and offstage conversations, but there was a very exciting incident that also happened during the conference.  For those who can't read it, it says "Skepticon is NOT welcomed to my…

Diversity, skepticism, and atheism

I usually don't post on Sundays, but man, I have to vent.  Nothing gets my eyes rolling faster than the hand-wringing over the way that atheism and skepticism are merging, which is a phenomenon that is due in part to the spate of "New Atheist" publications, but is mainly a…

Skepticon wrap-up: angry but joking atheists for the win

All weekend at Skepticon, books were everywhere. The book seller had books about atheism, about science, and books written by the speakers. There were books being purchased, read, carried around, and signed. But these were not the books that were the ones being most discussed, even as the speakers hawked…

Skepticon update

Sorry no CSA post this week—I’m traveling. Specifically, I’m in Springfield, Missouri to attend Skepticon. (I spoke yesterday for an hour on feminism and skepticism.) Lots going on, and I’ve only just now started to organize my thoughts on it. I think the biggest revelation to me has been the…

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