No deathbed conversion for atheist Stephen Hawking
(RNS) — The investigative site Snopes deems as false a claim that Hawking was converted by Pope Francis.
Dying Christopher Hitchens considered Christianity, new book claims
(RNS) A controversial new book wins praise from evangelicals and condemnation from some who knew the famous atheist, who died in 2011.
Hollywood needs more people like Stephen Colbert (COMMENTARY)
(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
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.
Academic, activist or apatheist: What kind of unbeliever are you?
(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
‘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’
(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
(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
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!
(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.