Sam Harris, author of the book The End of Faith that was published 10 years ago, has been credited for starting the "new atheist" movement. Reflecting back on his work, Harris downplays the impact the book might have had on the growth of atheism in national surveys. He also contends that not all religions are equally as bad, by singling out the dangers of radical Islam.
"I certainly see the impact that The End of Faith had on publishing — as you indicated, the book initiated the 'new atheist' run of bestsellers. But I don't know what effect these books have had on the wider culture. The poll numbers seem to be inching in our direction — with the percentage of Americans claiming 'no affiliation' with religion, or even declaring their 'atheism' outright, slowly growing," Harris said in an email to "The Friendly Atheist" website founder Hemant Mehta, posted on Monday.
"But whether or not my book had anything to do with this trend, I don't know. I can say that I've heard from tens of thousands of readers personally, and many of them have said that I changed their views about God, faith, etc. But there may be just as many people I haven't heard from whose faith was redoubled by my failure to address the finer points of 'sophisticated' theology." more >>
There is growing outrage among sailors and religious liberty advocates over a directive that calls for the removal of Bibles from lodges and hotels run on U.S. Navy bases. The directive comes after an atheist group filed a formal complaint earlier this year over the placement of Bibles in the rooms.
"The current direction is to remove all religious material from Navy Lodge guest rooms," read an email to a Navy chaplain from The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). "For those Navy Lodges with religious materials currently in guest rooms, the Navy Lodge General Manager will contact the Installation Chaplain's office who will provide guidance on the removal procedure disposition of these materials."
The American Family Association received an exclusive copy of a similar directive from NEXCOM, the organization that manages the lodges. more >>
African American church planters should not be pressured to plant black or multi-ethnic congregations, instead, they should plant churches based on calling not culture, says Christian blogger Jemar Tisby.
In a recent blog post for the Reformed African American Network, Tisby noted that although the Bible states the Gospel is to be preached to all nations, African American pastors should not be obliged to plant predominately black churches since not all are called to do so.
"If a black church planter is called to plant a congregation that is all or mostly white and he does so, then He is being obedient to God," wrote Tisby. "His conscience should be clear. If, however, this black church planter endeavors to plant an all or mostly black or multi-ethnic church without a clear internal and external sense of calling to such a work, then he risks shipwrecking his faith and his ministry." more >>
It seems I have some liberal knickers in a knot north of the border.
The left is anything if not predictable. It tickles me to no end when, by way of their utterly unhinged reaction to one of my columns, secular-"progressives" end up proving true the very point I was trying to make.
Last month I wrote an opinion piece headlined, The Coming Christian Revolt. It was featured in multiple publications, including the print edition of The Newfoundland Herald, a weekly news and entertainment magazine circulated throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. more >>
A prolific atheist blogger has decided to cancel a Kickstarter campaign for an illustrated book that called God an "abusive boyfriend."
Hemant Mehta, known as the Patheos blogger the "Friendly Atheist," announced last week that he was canceling an online funding campaign for his book "God is an Abusive Boyfriend."
In the cancellation announcement, Mehta noted that he "decided to put a stop to the project" due to "receiving a lot of negative feedback over the past 24 hours." more >>
"Girls Grow Up Faster than Boys Do". So asserted the Brooklyn-based R&B group The Cookies in 1962. And it looks like they were right.
A new survey purports to show that men mature substantially later than women. "Men finally grow up at the age of 43 – a full 11 years after women 'mature'," according to the study. "But the average age at which women mature emerged as 32."
Why? Part of the reason is neurological: the brains of boys and girls develop differently. As explained by Dr. Leonard Sax, "The most profound difference between girls and boys is not in any brain structure per se, but rather in the sequence of development of the various brain regions. The different regions of the brain develop in a different sequence, and different tempo, in girls compared with boys -- this is the key insight from the past five years of neuroscience research in brain development. The world's largest study of brain development in children, conducted primarily by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has demonstrated dramatic differences in the trajectories of brain development in girls compared with boys." more >>