Paul Kurtz, a leading humanist who founded several secularist organizations, is being mourned by nontheists across the spectrum. Kurtz, who was 86 when he died on Oct. 20, helped establish the infrastructure of what has become a burgeoning freethought movement. His followers say that movement will thrive in his wake.
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The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life on Thursday, July 19, published an extensive new survey titled “Asian Americans: A Mosaic of Faiths.” The research provides a unique and comprehensive overview of the religious composition of the Asian-American community.
America has long been home to all manner of skeptics and secularists, who have found protection — but not necessarily popular acceptance — under the Constitution’s guarantees against the establishment of religion and religious tests for office. Nowadays, though, nontheism is going mainstream.
Christopher Hitchens, the famous writer and polemicist whose later years were known for his fierce arguments against religious belief, has died of cancer. His death is being mourned in the growing community of atheists, agnostics, humanists and freethinkers. ReligionLink has a comprehensive guide to groups and leaders in that community.
Feb. 12 marks the birthday of Charles Darwin and the celebration of Darwin Day, an observance aimed at highlighting the theory of evolution set forth in Darwin’s seminal 1859 work, “The Origin of Species.” Even today, evolution remains a flash point in the debate between faith and science, believers and nonbelievers.
Several nontheist organizations are launching holiday-themed advertising campaigns aimed at winning followers to their movements or at least blunting criticisms that nonbelievers can’t be good without God. ReligionLink has an extensive new source guide to help reporters cover this novel take on the traditional holiday story.
Mention atheism, and the names most likely to come to mind today are Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins – and, for anyone past 40, Madalyn Murray O’Hair. But the freethought movement extends far beyond those marquee names — and encompasses a diverse and vibrant community.
In a nation in which upward of nine in 10 people regularly tell pollsters they believe in God or a divine power, unbelief is making an unexpectedly strong showing. While there are varying indications about whether or by how much the number of Americans who claim no belief is growing, the cultural profile of atheists [...]