challenging religious privilege in public life

Honorary Associates


Why do Americans still dislike atheists?

As individuals, atheists tend to score high on measures of intelligence, especially verbal ability and scientific literacy. They value freedom of thought.

Religion’s Dirty Dozen – 12 Really Bad Religious Ideas That Have Made the World Worse

To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, these twelve dubious concepts belong in the dustbin of history just as soon as we can get them there.

Everyone’s a skeptic – about other religions

Religion is an extremely touchy topic. Church members often become angry if anyone questions their supernatural dogmas.

The Problem of Evil

For thinking people, there's only one possible answer to the age-old problem of evil: The all-loving Father proclaimed by many faiths cannot exist.

Where do beliefs come from?

Suppose a miracle is reported. Some Americans will embrace this news joyfully, as evidence of the holy, while others will be skeptical.

Christianity: 12 Painful Facts

Fact 7: Almost all of the myths and moral philosophies attributed to Jesus can be found in earlier mythologies and philosophies.

Against accommodationism: How science undermines religion

Accommodationism is fashionable, but that has less to do with its intellectual merits than with widespread solicitude toward religion.

Murder in the Name of Religion

Politicians always call religion a mighty force for good. President Reagan labeled it “the bedrock of moral order”. They say it builds brotherhood.

Holy Horrors: Religious slaughter through the centuries

Without religion, divisions would blur with passing generations; children would adapt to new times, mingle, intermarry, forget ancient wounds.

Think religion makes society less violent? Think again.

If it were true that when belief in God weakens, societal well-being diminishes, then we should see abundant evidence for this. But we don’t.