A Senegalese nun prays during a service at the St. Peters church in Dakar, Senegal.
Neither French nor American, Senegalese secularism stands midway between these two models
Atheism is not a modern concept.
It might appear to many that atheism is a modern idea. However, in parts of Asia, particularly in India, atheism has been part of beliefs for thousands of years.
Doubting Thomas needed the proof, just like a scientist, and now is a cautionary Biblical example.
An evolutionary biologist makes the case that there's no reconciling science and religion. In the search for truth, one tests hypotheses while the other relies on faith.
‘No religion’ doesn’t mean atheism for a start.
Pupils would be able to explore the complex worldviews and practices of people who do not identify with a religion.
The dominant belief among Australian university students now is that God had no hand in creating or developing humans.
According to our 32-year longitudinal study of first year science students, belief in creationism has declined over time.
Following in the thoughtful footsteps of Descartes and Voltaire.
Professor Richard Dawkins next to a bus displaying an atheist message in 2009.
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Some 'celebrity' atheists espouse the very doctrines of violence that they accuse organised religon of.
Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel
The television presenter and the scientist are having an argument about God on Twitter, and Morgan is getting a lot of stick. That's not fair.
‘In God we Trust’ on dollar bills.
President Trump claims that America is a nation based in faith. A scholar says, it's more complicated.
Religions tend to portray God as deeply concerned with humans, yet we seem hugely unimportant in the vast scheme of things.
Their quest to find 'something bigger' to devote our lives to is only a superficial change from religion – and it ignores the psychological reality of our ever-changing self.
Logic, science and critical thinking are working miracles for non-believers.
Secular people, including atheists, in Indonesia have to assume multiple identities: they step into a religious persona for the religious family and friends, and a real one for trusted peers.
Engaging with views we disagree with is a more effective way to serve the purposes of free speech.
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New research shows distrust of atheists is pervasive. This could affect the credibility of witnesses.
Some, but not all, of Kenya’s churches are opposed to the formal recognition of atheists.
The furore over atheism in Kenya comes at a time of slow but steady growth in the number of people unaffiliated to any religion, thanks to religious discontent and access to scientific knowledge.
Preaching to the converted.
Pope Francis' mercy mission to a migrant camp in Lesbos is another effort to rescue the tarnished and failing brand of Catholicism.
Can secular celebrations ignore the connection between Santa and Jesus?
Sand sculptures by Sudarsan Patnaik. Sanjib Mukherjee/Reuters
You might not believe in God, but do you tell your kids about Santa? How do you explain Christmas to your children if you and they are not religious?
Mysteries of the mind.
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Oliver Sacks, the celebrated neurologic storyteller who died at the end of August at age 82, once described himself as “strongly atheist by disposition.” Sacks could write sensitively about religion, including…
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In our ever more secular society, why does atheism still get a bad rep?