Secular Blog

March 17, 2015 - 4:31 pm

My family shed "tears of joy" on May 14, 1948, when the Jewish State of Israel was established as a safe haven for Jews. I was five at the time and didn't quite understand its significance, but I had been taught that an integral part of Judaism was anti anti-Semitism.

March 10, 2015 - 11:41 am

Periodically we hear Republicans skeptically ask if President Obama is a patriot who loves his country, and is he a Christian?

February 23, 2015 - 2:40 pm

I was horrified when I heard of the tragic murders on February 10 of three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. My sorrow was compounded when I learned that Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha were shot by an atheist, Craig Stephen Hicks.

February 12, 2015 - 9:55 am

February 12, 1809 must have seemed like an ordinary day to those alive at the time, but we now know it was the day that two giants of humanity were born: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Lincoln ended slavery in the United States in the nineteenth century, and Darwin made one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the nineteenth century.

February 4, 2015 - 1:48 pm

There's a national conversation on vaccinations happening and it's time to stop skirting the issue: Disproven pseudoscientific claims and religious belief are chipping away at the benefits science has provided for humanity via vaccines.

January 28, 2015 - 11:01 am

A few months ago, Patton Dodd highly recommended two books for Christians who are experiencing acute and painful doubt.

January 14, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Many people tell me they wouldn’t mind if I were an agnostic, but that I shouldn’t be so arrogant as to be an atheist.

January 8, 2015 - 9:24 am

The recent PBS documentary, Thinking Money: The psychology behind our best and worst financial decisions, never mentions religion, but I couldn’t help but relate the worst money decisions it describes to belief in God.

December 22, 2014 - 9:38 am

I recently I gave suggestions on what religious people shouldnot say to the atheist in the family. Here are conversations and suggestions that might improve family relations, especially at holiday gatherings.

December 19, 2014 - 1:35 pm

I recently gave tips on how atheists can peaceably interact with religious family members at Thanksgiving. Now, here are tips for religious family members on what not to say to an atheist during holidays or any other family gathering.