Michael Baker

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Against accommodationism: How science undermines religion

There is currently a fashion for religion/science accommodationism, the idea that there’s room for religious faith within a scientifically informed …

National Academy of Sciences

Religion doesn't make kids more generous or altruistic, study finds

Here's a discovery that could make secular parents say hallelujah: Children who grow up in nonreligious homes are <i>more</i> generous and altruistic than children from observant families.<p>A series of experiments involving 1,170 kids from a variety of religious backgrounds found that the non-believers were …

I’m Agnostic because I Don’t F*ckin’ Know. {Warning: Adult Language}

<i>*Warning: naughty language ahead!</i><p>Whenever religion is brought up and I tell someone I’m agnostic, I’m almost always met with one of two reactions: …

Faith

All Scientists Should Be Militant Atheists

As a physicist, I do a lot of writing and public speaking about the remarkable nature of our cosmos, primarily because I think science is a key part of our cultural heritage and needs to be shared more broadly. Sometimes, I refer to the fact that religion and science are often in conflict; from …

Religion

Atheists are no less moral: The sad delusion of the Christian Evangelical movement

Sociologist Lori Fazzino dissects the religious right’s single greatest misconception about secularism<p>When most people thinks about Las Vegas they picture some combination of gambling, burlesque, night clubs and legalized prostitution—the pleasures that earned Vegas the nickname Sin City. But when …

Religion

Leaving My Religion Was Nothing Like Entering It

August 15, 2015 by Neil Carter<p><i>People love to say that atheism is a religion</i>. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the smug assertion “I don’t …

Here’s Why I Don’t Explicitly Debunk Religious Arguments

August 8, 2015 by Hemant Mehta<p><b>John Loftus</b> had an interesting post at his site last week noting that there are very few atheist blogs that work to …

God is not on our side: The religious right’s big lie about the founding of America

Reagan and others pushed the idea that we’re a Christian nation chosen by divine providence. That’s not the case<p>One of the more popular and enduring accounts of America’s past is that of its religious founding. Belief that the British-American colonies were settled largely by religiously devout …

Religion

The Christian right is losing women: Why more and more are embracing non-belief

In 1993, women comprised 16 percent of atheists and agnostics. Today that number is closer to 50 percent<p>Atheists were abuzz this week over Pew Research releasing new numbers showing that the number of “nones” (people who have no religion at all) in the U.S. is soaring to record levels, making up a …

Religion

America is not a Christian nation: The dark capitalist roots of our country’s most destructive myth

Princeton professor Kevin Kruse on Christian libertarianism and what we get wrong about America’s religious revival<p>According to author Kevin Kruse, the idea that America is a “Christian nation” was invented only recently, forged by an alliance between industrialists and conservative clergy who …

Political Science

Marco Rubio’s deranged religion, Ted Cruz’s bizarre faith: Our would-be presidents are God-fearing clowns

Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton all spout pious religious lies. We must grill them on what they really mean<p>Aspirants to the White House, both Democratic and Republican, have, as we all know, begun “announcing,” thus initiating, from a rationalist’s point of view, a media carnival featuring, …

Religion

A New Physics Theory of Life

An MIT physicist has proposed the provocative idea that life exists because the law of increasing entropy drives matter to acquire lifelike physical …

Nobel Prize

Evolution of a messiah: The story behind Christianity’s founding trauma

The story we all know about Jesus’ crucifixion has taken many forms over the years. Here’s how it all began<p>It was a spectacular late summer morning in New York City. I was at a Sunday worship service at Broadway Presbyterian Church, September 16, 2001, five days after the September 11 attack. The …

Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?

Physicist Lawrence Krauss thinks religion could go the way of homophobia with the next generation, largely disappearing.<p>On April 8, 1966, <i>Time</i> …