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Why Are Religious Beliefs Off Limits?

Why Are Religious Beliefs Off Limits? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
When a person's religious beliefs cause him to deny the evidence of science, or for whom public policy morphs into a battle with the devil, shouldn't that be a subject for discussion and debate?
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For atheists of color, ‘coming out’ can be painful

As a child, Alix Jules saw people in church speak in tongues, tremble, fall and have what appeared to be very genuine connections with God.

But not him. “I never tingled,” he said.

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‘How do atheists find meaning in life?’

‘How do atheists find meaning in life?’ | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Life cannot be meaningless so long as we have the capacity to affect the well-being of ourselves and others.
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15 faith-based predictions for 2012 – CNN Belief Blog

15 faith-based predictions for 2012 – CNN Belief Blog | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

To ring in the New Year, CNN's Belief Blog asked experts in religion, faith leaders, and a secular humanist about how the forces of faith and faithlessness will shape the world in 2012. Here's what they told us:

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THE SCIENCE OF RELIGION by Gregory S. Paul

Unlike science, which goes where the evidence and analysis indicate and is anti-mythical in nature, religion is inherently dogmatic and opinion based, with myths being integral to the system. One of these myths, widely held by nearly all theists as well as many skeptics of the supernatural, is that science cannot be used to address and answer many core issues of religious belief. In this view rational, objective science and faith-based religion are separate magisteria that are equally legitimate thought systems, and that cannot profoundly comment upon one another. As popular as this view is – in part because it offers a politically correct means of avoiding awkward conflict between the scientific and religious realms – it is demonstrably false.

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To debate religion, we must first find out what people believe

To debate religion, we must first find out what people believe | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Julian Baggini: Heathen's progress: Does true religion involve belief in mythical beings, or is it really practice not doctrine?
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Is Your Religion a Cult? Of Course It Is!

Is Your Religion a Cult? Of Course It Is! | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

When I was a little kid I started a club. It was kind of small, only four members including me. Nonetheless I was the leader and I made the rules. The only rule I actually remember was very simple, and very childish. The rule stated that no club member could believe that super heroes were real...except for my favorite one at the time...Spiderman. Who would have thought that at age 7, I actually understood the foundation of all religions..."your personal favorite fairy tale is the only one in which you may believe."

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Going Godless: Does Secularism Make People More Ethical?

Going Godless: Does Secularism Make People More Ethical? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Non-believers are often more educated, more tolerant and know more about God than the pious. A new wave of research is trying to figure out what goes on in the minds of an ever-growing group of people known as the "Nones".
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Why Religion Makes Only Some of Us Happy

Why Religion Makes Only Some of Us Happy | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Religion people are happier and have higher self-esteem than non-believers, but only in countries where faith plays an important role in daily life.
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Response to: "Atheists have faith, just like theists."

Matt Dillahunty responds to the claim that people need as much faith to NOT believe in god, as to believe in god. Credit: Atheist Experience http://www.athei...
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Is common ground between atheism and belief possible?

Is common ground between atheism and belief possible? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

My articles of 21st-century faith have met with little enthusiasm. That may mean the common ground lies in a different area.

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On the suspension of belief and disbelief | Evolving Thoughts

On the suspension of belief and disbelief | Evolving Thoughts | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

I have often addressed the distinction between atheism and agnosticism but I haven’t said a lot about what agnosticism involves, apart from it being a suspension of judgement about belief claims. So a few remarks are in order, prompted (but probably misreading) a recent paper by Jane Friedman, “Rational Agnosticism and Degrees of Belief“, forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Epistemology, Volume 4.

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Rise of the Secularists: 1 in 4 Millennials Don't Identify With Any Religion

Rise of the Secularists: 1 in 4 Millennials Don't Identify With Any Religion | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A record number of Millennials don't claim any religion as their own. How will this affect the future of America?
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