LONDON (RNS) — This spring, a half-century after the Vatican's first conference on unbelief, scholars will again gather in Rome to discuss research on the nature of non-religion.
(RNS) “A Manual for Creating Atheists” sold out its first printing before its Nov. 1 release date and ran through a second printing in just two weeks. It also broke into Amazon’s top 100 overall best-seller list.
(RNS) Most of the reviews for "Gravity" don’t mention that the main character represents an increasingly common theme in American religion: The spiritual “none of the above.”
Josh Ross wrestles with doubt, grief, and pain and somehow still keeps the faith.
(RNS) When Teresa MacBain declared her loss of faith last Easter, she expected to lose her pulpit and many friends. She did. But in the year since, she's gained a new community and a new sense of confidence.
(RNS) A young woman stood outside a Greyhound bus with a ticket in her hand and a backpack over her shoulder. She was guilty of two offenses: rejecting her father's choice of husband and renouncing her family's Islamic faith. Deciding whether to boarding that bus, she said later, would be the hardest thing she had done in her 18 years.
(RNS) Unbelief is on the uptick. People who check "None" for their religious affiliation are now nearly one in five Americans (19 percent), the highest ever documented, according to the Pew Center for the People and the Press. By Cathy Lynn Grossman.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Jerry DeWitt is beginning to develop a national profile in the small universe of organized unbelievers as a former Pentecostal preacher who little by little lost his faith right there in the pulpit. Now DeWitt is out of the pulpit, and public about his nonbelief. By Bruce Nolan.
Why is Martin Luther King, a Christian, remembered by so many for his contributions to the civil rights movement while A. Philip Randolph, an atheist, is honored by so few? That is a question many black nonbelievers are asking this Black History Month. By Kimberly Winston.