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The hybrid solar eclipse – in pictures

A rare hybrid solar eclipse has taken place, switching between a total eclipse (where the moon completely covers the sun) and an annular one (where a halo of sunlight is visible around the moon)

UFO religion the Raelians want to rehabilitate the swastika

They believe that the symbol has been associated with Nazis for too long and have launched a campaign to reclaim it<p>As the beachgoers of Long Island soaked up the sun last month, their attention was caught by a light aircraft flying above with a flag trailing behind it. On it was a huge swastika and …

Can We Distinguish Between a Religion and a Con Game?

The human propensity to believe the improbable keeps church doors open. It is also the reason that confidence tricksters live well. Perhaps prophets are merely con men who specialize in the spiritual. There are two ways to test out this idea. First, are mainstream religions founded by con men? …

An Introduction to Atheism and Atheists

There are a lot of resources here about atheism for beginners: what atheism is, what it isn't, and refutations of many popular myths about atheism. …

Religion

Finding God Behind Bars: A Look at Religion in American Prisons

What’s the state of religion behind bars? A Princeton-educated scholar studies the diverse ways that prisoners find and keep faith today. Joshua …

Ancient African Religion Finds Roots In America

In the suburbs of Seattle, an ancient West-African religion is gaining followers. Yoruba, from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, has been spreading across the U.S. for the last 50 years.<p>The religion is particularly popular with African-Americans who find it offers a spiritual path and a deep sense of …

Church Tax Exemptions: Why Taxation of Religion Matters

Tax exemptions may not be the most common issue facing courts in arguments over the separation of church and state, but it is one of the most …

National Assembly’s crucifix is a Duplessis-era bond between politics and religion

Quebec's political parties are unanimous that the crucifix behind the Speaker's chair in the National Assembly must be conserved as an expression of the province's patrimony, of a long cultural-religious tradition that the majority must never be ashamed of embracing.<p>Except the heritage it …

Muslim Astronomer Weighs In On The Religion-Science Debate

Over at Big Questions Online, astronomer Nidhal Guessoum asks Why Should Scientists Care About Religion?<p>“As a Muslim scientist,” he writes, “I spend much time and expend much energy trying to convince Muslims and other believers to take modern science seriously, with all its methodology and results …

‘Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted’: Facebook Page Slams Religion, Calls the Bible ‘Horse Manure’ and Sparks Major Free-Speech Controversy

There’s a controversial Facebook fan page that is spawning frustration and anger among the faithful. Entitled, “Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted,” its contents are as offensive as its title — especially to Christians who have a devotion to Jesus’ mother as one of the central figures of the faith.<p>As of …

French schools to display Secular Charter with rules on religion

A new “Charter of Secularism” is to be posted in state schools to remind pupils, parents and teachers that although in France everyone is free to …

Are atheists winning the war against religion? | Poll | Opinion | theguardian.com

What is religion?, part 4: divinity, God and 'real' religion

Can you have a religion not based around the Abrahamic idea of a God who could, if he wished, behave like a mafia boss?<p>One of the most unnerving passages in Robert Bellah's Religion in Human Evolution is the section where he examines the central Jewish and Christian idea of a covenant with God. He …

How are religions born?

What is religion, part 5: In the systems we know about, either folk beliefs coalesce or a charismatic founder emerges<p>Since they are historical entities, religions are born and die. I'll think about their death some other time. But how do they emerge, and from what? This isn't a question with a …

A Comparitive Religion Fail

<b>One of the subtler</b> -- or sneakier -- arguments by the theocrats among us who wish to teach their particular splinter of Christianity in the public schools is that we should teach the Bible "as literature," or that we should offer courses in comparative religions. With which latter even some …

Christians, here's why we're losing our religion

Recent research indicates that the number of people who do not consider themselves a part of an organized religion is steadily on the rise.<p>Interestingly enough, though the number of those religiously unaffiliated is increasing, there is little to no trend in the number of those who express atheist …

Do Scientists Pray? Einstein Answers a Little Girl’s Question about Science vs. Religion

Whether in their inadvertently brilliant reflections on gender politics or in their seemingly simple but profound questions about how the world works, kids have a singular way of stripping the most complex of cultural phenomena down to their bare essence, forcing us to reexamine our layers of …

How do religions die?

Do they waste away, or get conquered by something better? Perhaps it is easier to think in terms of gods dying, rather than religions<p>If religions are born, they must also be able to die. How does this happen? I think we can discount at once the idea that it happens because people realise that …

Richard Dawkins Is Wrong About Religion

Thanks to his new autobiography, Richard Dawkins is making the media rounds again. Recently, he appeared on the Michael Medved Show. The host, who is a friend of mine, is also an adherent of Orthodox Judaism, so perhaps because of this Mr. Dawkins was more well-behaved than usual.<p>During the …

What Defines An American Jew? New Study Reveals Divides On Identity, Religion And Views On Israel

What does it mean to be Jewish?<p>Is it a person's ethnicity, a culture or religion -- or a mix of the three? And how does one practice being a Jew?<p>After thousands of years of Jewish history, the answer to the question remains complicated, according to a new survey.<p>The Pew Research Center's report on …

A Rapid Shift For Jews Away From Religion, But Not Jewishness

A big survey by the Pew Center is out today on Jewish life in America, and it shows a stark shift away from religious belief and toward cultural identification.<p>Nine in 10 American Jews born before World War II identify themselves as Jewish by religion, but nearly a third of Jewish millennials — …

Atheism and Agnosticism