Everybody knows the world is becoming more secular, right? Wrong.
A new book by Dr. Rodney Stark, titled The Triumph of Faith, subtitled "Why the World Is More Religious Than Ever," is causing quite a stir. Stark is the co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University where he also serves as Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences.
Stark takes on no less a task than debunking the "secularization thesis," supporters of which have asserted vigorously for at least half a century that religious belief and devotion are the domain of the ignorant and the poor. Their thesis asserts that as education, technology, and the resulting increased affluence advance, religious devotion and belief inevitably weaken, wither, and decline. more >>
Atheist activists are continuing with their fight to have "In God We Trust" removed from U.S. currency by filing a new federal lawsuit, this time in Akron, Ohio.
Michael Newdow, an atheist activist from California, filed the latest lawsuit in Ohio, listing 41 people as plaintiffs on the complaint, including the Northern Ohio Freethought Society and residents of Ohio and Michigan.
The lawsuit, which refers to "God" as "G-d," claims that the presence of "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency violates the separation of church and state and creates an anti-atheist, pro-Christian sentiment in the U.S. more >>
Legendary singer-songwriter David Bowie followed a Twitter account called "God" in his last days before his death, observers have noted, while previously unreleased excerpts from an interview last decade feature him talking about the search for God and music.
BBC Newsbeat noted that that the last account Bowie followed was @TheTweetofGod, which is a satirical account linked to a Broadway play, but said that it is not known whether it was the singer himself who hit "follow," or a member of his team.
A 60-year-old Canadian megachurch pastor imprisoned in North Korea is being forced to work eight hours a day, six days a week in a labor camp while under the constant watch of guards.
The Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, pastor of the 3,000-member Light Presbyterian Church located in the Toronto area, was interviewed by CNN at an undisclosed hotel in Pyongyang last week.
Close-shaven and wearing a gray uniform, Lim spoke to Will Ripley of CNN, telling him in Korean that he is getting medical treatment and regular meals while working hard labor. more >>
Atheist author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins says the best argument for God he's ever hard has to do with a deistic God as the fine-tuner of the universe.
Dawkins visited Google's office in Kirkland, Washington, to discuss his book, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science, after which he took a couple of readers' questions. He was asked in a video published on Monday what is the best argument in favor of God and the best argument against evolution that he has heard.
Dawkins prefaced his answer by making it clear that he is not "in any sense admitting that there is a good argument," and insisted that "there is no decent argument for the existence of deities." more >>
The Golden Globes awards show in Beverly Hills, California, aired Sunday night and many of Hollywood's most famous faces came together to honor the television and film industries' favorite performances of 2015.
Returning for the fourth time as host was British comedian Ricky Gervais, who not only included the film "Spotlight" and the Catholic Church in his opening monologue, but also spoke candidly about being an atheist during media interviews ahead the awards show.
In an interview with the The Hollywood Reporter published last week, the self-proclaimed atheist spoke about past controversies he created while hosting the Golden Globes, such as making a joke about Scientology in which he said: "if you can't make fun of religion, what can you make fun of?" more >>