Despite the fact that most of them refuse to accept that God exists, a select group of Atheists still turn to the activity of prayer when they have a need or are looking for comfort.
Sigfried Gold, a 45-year old software designer and non-believer who was suffering from obesity began engaging in a prayer routine after joining a 12-step program for food addition that required those in attendance to believe in a "higher power." His actions brought impressive results as he remained consistent in his new prayer life for four years and lost a lot of weight in the process, according to a report from The Washington Post.
Gold prayed in the morning, at night and before each meal. However, he was not engaging the God of the Bible, but instead called out to a goddess he invented with a name and detailed appearance that to him didn't really exist. more >>
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is holding its biennial denominational meeting in Pennsylvania this week.
Kicking off Monday, delegates from across the United States converged at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
The Assembly, which is scheduled to go from Monday until Saturday, has in attendance about 950 voting members from 65 of the ELCA's synods. more >>
Craig Mack, formerly signed to Sean "Diddy" Comb's Bad Boy Records, has been worshipping at a South Carolina commune with conservative Pentecostal Christians, according to a recently surfaced video in which the Grammy-nominated recording artist and New Jersey native exuberantly shares his testimony.
The YouTube video, which has left some fans speechless, comes after speculation that Mack has been living a quiet life in Walterboro, S.C., at the Overcomer Ministry commune since leaving behind his celebrity lifestyle.
The video was published on YouTube in May 2012 by a user named "tlink1463," but surfaced this week after being highlighted on music blogs and entertainment news sites. User "tlink1463" claims in the comments section of the video page that he recorded the church service featuring Mack himself. He was also asked by a viewer in January of this year if Mack was still attending "these services," to which "tlink1463" replied: "Still here and going (strong)." more >>
An expert on United Methodist Church policy says that the wave of pro-gay resolutions from regional conferences will not change the mainline denomination's position on homosexuality.
John Lomperis, director of the United Methodist program at The Institute on Religion and Democracy, told The Christian Post that efforts over the summer will have little impact.
"I expect it may do a little to energize and encourage UMC activists wanting the next General Conference to disavow biblical standards for sexual self-control," said Lomperis. "But even activists writing such resolutions increasingly realize that whatever wave of momentum they may be able to generate will crash against a brick wall at the next General Conference." more >>
A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has sent a letter of complaint to a public academic institution in Alabama over its soon-to-be opened "faith-based" housing program.
Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison sent the letter last Thursday to Troy University arguing that their housing program, scheduled to be open in the fall, was unconstitutional.
Andrew Seidel, FFRF staff attorney, wrote in the letter that the housing program gives preferential treatment to some students at the expense of others. more >>
A poll conducted by Gallup has indicated that those who regularly attend church tend to be three times less likely to smoke as those who do not attend church.
Part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the poll was based off of an estimated 353,000 interviews conducted in 2012 with American adults aged 18 and over.