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Christopher Hitchens

God loves Christopher Hitchens anyway

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 19, 2018

WWHS. What would Hitchens say about what is going on today?

No deathbed conversion for atheist Stephen Hawking

By Kimberly Winston — March 20, 2018

(RNS) — The investigative site Snopes deems as false a claim that Hawking was converted by Pope Francis.

Did Hitchens almost convert to Christianity?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 16, 2016

Christopher Hitchens could have found a loving God. That’s OK. The loving God found him.

Dying Christopher Hitchens considered Christianity, new book claims

By Kimberly Winston — April 20, 2016

(RNS) A controversial new book wins praise from evangelicals and condemnation from some who knew the famous atheist, who died in 2011.

Atheist battles religion in ‘Fighting God’

By Kimberly Winston — December 2, 2015

(RNS) In his new book, American Atheists’ president David Silverman lays out why he is often such a jerk and why he wants other atheists to join him in jerkitude.

Christmas wins (in the December culture wars)

By Kimberly Winston — December 1, 2015

(RNS) “Battleground December” is wrapping up for 2015. Let’s tally up the wins and losses.

Hollywood needs more people like Stephen Colbert (COMMENTARY)

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 9, 2015

(RNS) Colbert is that rarest of rare birds — someone in the entertainment world who not only takes his faith seriously, but who talks about it, and even taught about it — in a local church, without fanfare.

Philip Kitcher: ‘New Atheism’ hasn’t supplied anything to replace religion

By Chris Stedman — December 1, 2014

Atheist philosopher Philip Kitcher talks with RNS about his disagreements with “New Atheism,” how secular humanism is similar to religion and how it is different, and what Humanists can learn from religion.

Richard Dawkins: Atheism’s asset or liability?

By Kimberly Winston — August 7, 2014

(RNS) “I don’t think (Dawkins) has done more harm than good to the atheist movement, but the balance has been shifting towards harm,” atheist blogger Adam Lee said.

Academic, activist or apatheist: What kind of unbeliever are you?

By Kimberly Winston — June 9, 2014

(RNS) Believers within Christianity, Judaism or Islam don’t all believe the same thing, and atheists and nonbelievers are no different. Here are six different kinds of unbelief.

As atheist TV characters increase, here are 5 of the best

By Chris Stedman — February 17, 2014

‘True Detective’ and ‘The Good Wife’ are putting atheist characters in the spotlight. To celebrate the rise of atheists on TV, here are five of the best nontheist TV characters from the last five years.

Francis Spufford’s Christian apology aimed at ‘godless Europeans’

By John Murawski — December 2, 2013

(RNS) Francis Spufford’s defense of Christianity, “Unapologetic,” is aimed primarily at what he calls “godless Europeans,” the post-Enlightenment elites who tend to regard religion with bemusement as a silly fairy tale, if not with open hostility as a dangerous superstition.

Meet Robert Ingersoll, America’s most famous forgotten atheist

By Kimberly Winston — May 29, 2013

(RNS) Robert Ingersoll was a Victorian-era rock star who packed theaters with people who traveled hundred of miles to hear his lectures against religion. Though largely forgotten, the man known as “The Great Agnostic” is enjoying a bit of a revival.

Catholic college engages atheism head-on

By Ron Csillag — January 25, 2013

TORONTO (RNS) It’s an unlikely setting for an unlikely class. The chapel at Jesuit-run Regis College is adorned with stained glass, icons of Mary and Joseph, and the Stations of the Cross. The eight-week course being taught here is on atheism. More properly, “Responding to 21st-Century Atheism.”

Professor Jacques Berlinerblau tells atheists: Stop whining!

By Kimberly Winston — September 14, 2012

(RNS) Georgetown University professor Jacques Berlinerblau has a prescription for what ails atheism in America: stop whining about religion and build coalitions to reclaim “secularism” from the religious right. By Kimberly Winston.

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