Mette Ivie Harrison

My daughter isn’t a Mormon anymore

“I honor my daughter’s choice to become an atheist,” says guest blogger Mette Ivie Harrison. “She has already taught me a lot in her life and I suspect she will teach me still more.”

Promotion photo for the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham.

Excerpts from the Ham on Nye showdown

(RNS) The two-and-a-half-hour debate Tuesday (Feb. 4) between Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and Bill Nye the Science Guy was a much-hyped showdown between the creationism and evolution camps. Here are some morsels.

Tanenbaum's 2013 Survey "Religious Discrimination in American Workplaces". Photo courtesy Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Religious diversity is increasing at the office, and so are pitfalls

RNS) The American workplace is becoming more religiously diverse and that is raising concerns about employer accommodations for believers — and increasing the odds for uncomfortable moments around the water cooler. But part of the potential for conflict is also due to the growing number of nonbelievers and the desire by white evangelicals to share their faith.

The `nones’ now form the world’s third-largest ‘religion’ *

(RNS) A new report on global religious identity shows that while Christians and Muslims make up the two largest groups, those with no religious affiliation — including atheists and agnostics — are now the third-largest “religious” group in the world. The study, released Tuesday (Dec. 18) by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, found that more than eight in 10 (84 percent) of the world’s 7 billion people adheres to some form of religion. Christians make up the largest group, with 2.2 billion adherents, or 32 percent worldwide, followed by Muslims, with 1.6 billion adherents, or 23 percent worldwide. Close behind are the “nones” — those who say they have no religious affiliation or say they do not believe in God — at 1.