Atheist author Richard Dawkins has suggested that he would be ready to convert to a religion if someone shows him evidence for why he should believe, but argued that so far, no one has been able to do that.
The evolutionary biologist tackled a number of topics in an online interview from readers on social networking website Reddit, which he shared on his Twitter page, and on multiple occasions suggested that he is willing to listen to evidence for religion.
When asked which religion he would convert to if he had to pick, he answered: "I would only convert to a religion if some evidence turned up to support it. So far there is none, so your question is unanswerable." more >>
Archaeologists have reported on an "extraordinary discovery" in France after finding several man-made circular structures, or rings, they say date back 170,000 years to the time Neanderthals lived in the area.
The rings were constructed out of stalagmites from the Bruniquel Cave in France's south, and excavators believe they might have been used for some sort of ritual at the time of their creation.
The 400 stalagmites were presumably broken off from the sides of the cave and arranged in two circles, one larger one and a smaller one, as well as several organized piles throughout the cave. more >>
Famous atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has said that his 2006 best-seller The God Delusion, an extremely popular book in the secular movement, was a "one-off," and he won't be writing anti-religious books anymore.
In an interview with BBC News regarding the 40th anniversary of another famous book of his, The Selfish Gene, Dawkins was asked about his criticism of religion, and whether The God Delusion might have been a "step too far."
Dawkins responded: "I've stepped back. I haven't written any more books along those lines. The God Delusion is a one-off. Not one that I'm ashamed of; I'm very proud of it. But it's a one-off." more >>
New research into the religious beliefs of people in the U.K. has found that for the first time ever, those without a religion outnumber Christians, at least when it comes to the countries of England and Wales.
"The striking thing is the clear sense of the growth of 'no religion' as a proportion of the population," said Stephen Bullivant, senior lecturer in theology and ethics at St Mary's Catholic University in Twickenham.
"The main driver is people who were brought up with some religion now saying they have no religion. What we're seeing is an acceleration in the numbers of people not only not practising their faith on a regular basis, but not even ticking the box. The reason for that is the big question in the sociology of religion," added Bullivant, who analyzed data collected through British Social Attitudes surveys over three decades. more >>
A video of a street brawl in Limerick went viral, capturing the fight between two men.
Limerick shoppers and pedestrians encountered a violent fight between two men in the city center. Commotion took place when the men were surrounded by people. Some pedestrians headed to doorways in order to avoid the fight. However, some entertained passerbys decided to film the happenings.
In the video, the men threw punches at each other, along with uppercuts and jabs, leaving the pedestrians covering to protect themselves. Their fight even made it to the main road, which caused some traffic as cars tried to pass around them. more >>
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis met on Monday the grand imam of Egypt's highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, looking to heal Vatican relations with the influential center of Sunni Muslim learning after dialogue was frozen five years ago.
The 1,000-year-old mosque and university center cut contacts with the Vatican in 2011 over what it said were repeated insults toward Islam from Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict.
The decision came just days after Benedict denounced what he called "a strategy of violence that has Christians as a target" following a bomb attack outside a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria that killed 23 people. more >>