Should we compare American Atheism and American Christianity?: An Impromptu Twitter Discussion

The following conversation emerged on Twitter between myself and Per D. Smith, a Ph.D. candidate at Boston University. Check out Per's great stuff over at irritually. Per specializes in studying irreligion and so I sent him a link to a CNN article and, well, click on the storify link and you can see what ensued. … Continue reading Should we compare American Atheism and American Christianity?: An Impromptu Twitter Discussion

Is there a difference between ideology and religion?

The U.S. Intellectual History blog has an interesting guest post from Corey Washington on "After Ideology." Here's a bit: There is good scientific evidence that political reasoning is based on innate, non-rational principles. Nevertheless, the fact that people reason so badly about politics is striking given that people are intelligent and believe strongly that it … Continue reading Is there a difference between ideology and religion?

Things Sacred & Profane: Sacred Constitution, Jerry Brown, Mormon politics, and an atheist Bible reader

The recitation of the Constitution in the House renews the debate over Founders' intentions. Peter Berger on "Conservative Christians and the Sexual Revolution" Romney and Reid: Does Mormonism matter in politics? An atheist who is spending a year reading through the King James Bible. California's new (but not completely new) governor, Jerry Brown, trained with Jesuits, … Continue reading Things Sacred & Profane: Sacred Constitution, Jerry Brown, Mormon politics, and an atheist Bible reader

Things Sacred & Profane: AA Spirituality, GWB Drunk with Rev. Graham, and Einstein on God

- Alcoholics Anonymous as a spiritual experience. - So apparently former President Bush was sloshed the first time he met Billy Graham. He had had "about four beers and five wines." Well done, sir. - It's always remarkable to me how much interest surrounds Albert Einstein's thoughts about God. It's the modern equivalent to the … Continue reading Things Sacred & Profane: AA Spirituality, GWB Drunk with Rev. Graham, and Einstein on God

‘Atheizing’ the Dead, Religious Doughnuts, & Tax-Free Witching: The Week in Religion, Poetically

Inspired by Mormon baptism practices, Atheize the Dead offers to convert your deceased loved one to atheism. The Hartford, Connecticut city council found itself in hot water when it proposed a Muslim invocation for one of its pre-meeting prayers. After its website was inundated with protests against the planned invocations, the council decided to cancel prayers of … Continue reading ‘Atheizing’ the Dead, Religious Doughnuts, & Tax-Free Witching: The Week in Religion, Poetically