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Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem was dusted with snow in February.
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December 25, 2015 A new report from the Pew Research Center shows a growth spurt for Islam — and a change in the hub of Christianity.
November 11, 2015 As human beings, we need more than science is able to deliver, says guest blogger Alister McGrath. In his new book, he explores a way to think about science and faith that may hold them together.
July 27, 2015 More than a dozen cognitive scientists, including Tania Lombrozo, joined a discussion in April aimed to encourage a sophisticated, evidence-based look at the psychology behind science and religion.
People gather for the Reason Rally on the National Mall in 2012 in Washington, D.C.
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June 12, 2015 The share of Americans without a religion is growing dramatically — to the highest point in U.S. history. It could have implications for the future of politics.
April 1, 2015 In what's believed to be a first in the United States, the city's equal opportunities ordinance is amended "to add nonreligion as a protected class."
Minister Ryan Bell decided to "try on" atheism for a year; now, although he says atheism is an "awkward fit," he's going to continue to not believe in God.
December 27, 2014 Former pastor Ryan Bell embarked on a year without God at the start of 2014. He says, "Before, I wanted a closer relationship to God, and today I just want a closer relationship with reality."
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September 21, 2014 Theists believe in God. Atheists do not. What kind of disagreement is this anyway? Commentator Alva Noë suggests that what's at stake is our stories.
September 8, 2014 Awe is often associated with religion and spirituality, but atheists are no less capable of experiencing it. Psychologist Tania Lombrozo considers the common core of religious and scientific awe.
A total solar eclipse, seen from northern Queensland, Australia, on November 14, 2012.
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February 19, 2014 The whole debate between science and religion is hitched to the wrong tree, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. Common ground exists: each is a manifestation of humanity's attraction to the mysterious.
Richard Dawkins, founder of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, speaks at the March 2012 "Reason Rally" on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
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September 19, 2013 A joyful love of science permeates Richard Dawkins' new memoir. Reviewer Barbara J. King says the best-selling evolutionary scientist and famed atheist is at his best in An Appetite for Wonder as he tells the story of his early life, in Africa and England, and then details his passionate relationship with the world of reason.
Bishop McNeil, who isn't a cleric despite his name, speaks to reporters Wednesday at a news conference to introduce the Freethought Equality Fund PAC.
September 18, 2013 Secular activists who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — say they hope a new political action committee will stiffen the backbones of lawmakers who may be too afraid to openly state their doubts about the existence of a divine author of the universe.
September 16, 2013 According to recent work in decision theory and philosophy, faith can be rational. Sometimes. Commentator Tania Lombrozo delves into recent academic arguments about faith and sees it as a way forward for open and civil discussions between people who put their trust in reason and people who put their trust in religion.
July 1, 2013 A celebration of atheism in Florida draws the critical eye of commentator Barbara J. King. She says that one of the quotes carved on a new monument is both unfortunate and divisive.
Must religion be embodied in a god or gods, such as Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture?
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May 21, 2013 Religion is often organized in terms of a god, or gods. It's a system of beliefs embodied in a being or beings. But that's not always the case. It can mean more, a lot more, says Adam Frank after finding inspiration in the writing of Ronald Dworkin.
April 8, 2013 Is there a bias against "Atheist" mail in the United States? A shoemaker in Berlin sees evidence of it after running an experiment that commentator Tania Lombrozo cites as "a great example of citizen science."
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February 12, 2013 Strident strains of atheism often ignore the history of humanity's search for spiritual answers to the universe we live in. They shouldn't. One person who can help open the door to this vibrant landscape is the author Karen Armstrong.
As religious as this country may be, many Americans are not religious at all. The group of religiously unaffiliated — dubbed "nones" -- has been growing.
January 13, 2013 As religious as this country may be, many Americans are not religious at all. The group of religiously unaffiliated – dubbed "nones"-- has been growing. One-fifth of Americans say they're nones, as are one in three under 30. They're socially liberal and aren't looking for an organized religion.
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November 13, 2012 Many demographic groups remain underrepresented in high-level government positions, including atheists — at least those out of the theistic closet. Commentator Tania Lombrozo wonders why atheists appear to be distrusted by the electorate.
Author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 22.
March 26, 2012 Listen to a provocative conversation between evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins and NPR commentator Barbara J. King, on the nature of science, reason and faith. In her blog post, King reflects on the conversation.
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November 22, 2011 No amount of explanation, be it a "Theory of Everything" or a religious theology, will reduce the power of experience.
Dexter at work
October 28, 2011 In the Showtime series Dexter, an atheist serial killer confronts other killers who believe themselves to be following God's plan. In the midst of much blood, the plot offers a meditation on science and religion.
April 15, 2011 Comedian Ricky Gervais, who authored a controversial essay last Christmas called 'Why I Am An Atheist' is back with a religious message sure to irritate many people. It's titled, 'Why I Am A Good Christian'.
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