A university in Indiana has sent a letter to a Washington state-based intelligent design group stating that it will be reviewing certain courses that are allegedly anti-religious in nature.
Ball State University sent the letter to the Discovery Institute of Seattle in response to a letter sent last month by the group protesting the university's stance on intelligent design and the content of certain courses.
Jo Ann Gora, president of Ball State, wrote on Monday that the Discovery Institute's arguments against the university's stance against intelligent design will not be changed and that the courses they took issue with are being investigated. more >>
Pope Francis called unemployment and loneliness the most serious of the world's evils and criticized proselytism in his interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of Italian newspaper La Repubblica, which has now been published online.
"The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don't even look for them any more. They have been crushed by the present," Francis said in the long interview published online with an English translation on Oct. 1 by La Repubblica.
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church had unexpectedly set up the interview with Scalfari after the two had exchanged letters focusing on non-believers and the grace of God in September. The La Repubblica founder, who also worked as editor of the publication from 1976 to 1996, admitted that he was shocked that Pope Francis wanted to meet and speak in person, and took the opportunity to conduct a lengthy interview on Sept. 24 at the Pope's residence, which touched on a number of issues. more >>
A former Methodist minister-turned-atheist has been fired from her high-ranking post at Harvard University last week after it was discovered that she had falsified her resume.
Teresa MacBain was formerly a United Methodist pastor in Florida before announcing at the American Atheists convention in 2012 that she had lost her faith and had decided to become an atheist. MacBain's announcement led to a large amount of publicity, including the American Atheists organization naming her the "Atheist of the Year" for 2012. Additionally, she was named the organization's public relations director in the same year.
Earlier in September, Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. offered MacBain the job of project director for the college's Humanist Community Project. The purpose of the newly-created project was to form local communities for humanists across the nation through schools and various organizations. MacBain's job would have been to travel to these various places to start the communities. more >>
Richard Dawkins has been challenged on his recent comments that the idea that morality is tied to religion is "horrible" by radio talk show host and author Dennis Prager, who argued that without God, there is no real good or evil.
World-famous atheist and evolutionary biologist Dawkins answered several CNN readers' questions on Friday while promoting his new book, An Appetite for Wonder, and addressed the assertion that without religion, people would be left without a moral compass.
"The very idea that we get a moral compass from religion is horrible. Not only should we not get our moral compass from religion, as a matter of fact we don't," Dawkins began his argument, and referenced both the Bible and the Quran, suggesting that they condone stoning people to death. more >>
Christians behind a pro-gay website meant to reach out to LGBT youth that is supported by Dan Savage are OK with the controversial gay activist being honored by an atheist organization.
People behind the NALT Christians Project (NALT short for "Not All Like That") site are supportive of Savage receiving the "Emperor Has No Clothes Award" from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
John Shore, author and NALT Christians Project cofounder, told The Christian Post that just because Savage was getting the award from the FFRF does not make him anti-religious. more >>
Controversial gay activist and columnist Dan Savage was recently given an honor by a Wisconsin-based atheist organization at a convention held over the weekend.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation gave Savage their "Emperor Has No Clothes Award" for his expressed views on religion.
FFRF Co-President Dan Barker told The Christian Post in an interview last week that Savage receiving the honor both for his views on religion and for his work with the anti-bullying campaign "It Gets Better." more >>