An atheist blogger has recently denounced the efforts of non-theists like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins, arguing that they promote "tribalism" and a strategy that is "a recipe for failure."
Steven Neumann, an author and philosopher whose work has been published on Salon and Patheos, posted a blog entry Sunday arguing that Maher and Dawkins possess a "self-defeating superiority."
Neumann argued in Salon that atheist intellectuals like Maher, Dawkins and Sam Harris practice a "rhetoric of tribalism." more >>
New data analysis on the 2014 General Social Survey conducted by NORC and the University of Chicago has found that although Americans are abandoning specific religions at record high numbers, the rate of those who said they believe in God has remained steady.
The Associated Press identified it as one of the major findings of the survey, which asked a number of wide-ranging questions of the American public. The data found that back in 1972, only 5 percent of respondents said that they have no religion, but by 2014, 21 percent said the same, which is a record high.
The number is even higher than statistics reported by Gallup, which found that 16 percent of Americans identified as nones in 2014. more >>
Ken Ham, the CEO and president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Kentucky, has said that only preaching the Gospel can help America's "dying culture." Responding to statistics showing a continued decline in religious faith in the U.S., Ham argued that the growing numbers of nones do have a religion — one of "secularity."
"We need to reach out to these nones and this dying culture. Chances are you live beside, work with, or are friends with some of these nones. We need to be bold in sharing the Gospel with them and be prepared with solid, biblical answers to the questions that they have about the Christian faith," Ham wrote on his AiG blog.
The creationists' comments refer to the release of the 2014 General Social Survey earlier in March, which found that since 2012, the U.S. has registered another 7.5 million people who are no longer active in religion. The number of nones has risen steadily since 1972, and today as much as 21 percent of the American population say that they have no religion. more >>
The Society of Edmonton Atheists revealed that it will be running ads on 10 buses for four weeks in the Edmonton area with a message that it's "good" for people to be "godless." The ads feature the famous painting "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo, but with God erased.
The group explained in a statement that it chose the message for a number of reasons, part of which is to push back "against the myth that non-believers lack morality," and to support a "non-supernatural" view of reality that "encourages better informed decisions and is good for society." Similarly, one of the stated goals behind the ads is an effort to remove stigma of the word 'atheist.'"
For the artwork, the original of which is part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling and features God giving Adam life, the group explained: "It's instantly recognizable which quickly conveys a message. Since these ads are on buses we wanted our message to be easily recognizable even if it passes by in quick traffic. We also think that it's a beautiful piece of artwork." more >>
Atheist author Richard Dawkins has been placed on Block Bot, a program that hides people on Twitter deemed to be offensive or abusive. Dawkins, who has been accused by users of being racist and a "rape-apologist," said that he objects to being libelled.
"I have no objection to being blocked. Please block me if you wish. What I object to is being libelled, and linked with spammers and harassers," Dawkins wrote on Twitter in response.
The Church of England is set to invest £700,000 in a new program that aims to promote greater engagement between Christian leaders and the scientific community.
The creation of the initiative, which will be part of a three-year Durham University program, was announced during British Science Week, a 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and math that concludes on March 22.
The program will offer trainee priests and others access to resources on contemporary science, and will also research attitudes toward science from church leaders. Durham University professor Rev. David Wilkinson spoke out about the divide between faith and science during a recent interview with The Christian Post. more >>