Posts Tagged ‘Atheism’

Atheist “not suitable” to remain ordained Comments 1

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Atheist clergywoman, Gretta Vosper, is “not suitable”  to remain an ordained minister, the United Church of Canada has decided. She “came out” as being an atheist 15 years ago. Vosper of West Hill United Church of Toronto, Ontario, was declared “not suitable” to remain a church minister, according to a report released on Wednesday from Read more

Atheist group sues Kansas City over Baptist convention Comments 1

Friday, July 29th, 2016

An atheist group has sued Kansas City, Missouri for using tax money to support a Baptist convention. The group says Kansas City’s plans to use $65,000 in tourism tax dollars to assist in an upcoming Baptist convention violates guarantees in the U.S. Constitution separating church and state. The lawsuit, which was  filed last Friday in Read more

Call for prayers after Richard Dawkins suffers stroke – cancels New Zealand appearance Comments 1

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Celebrity biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins has suffered a minor stroke which has forced him to cancel his forthcoming trip to New Zealand. Following the news of Dawkins’ minor stroke the Church of England tweeted “Prayers for Prof Dawkins and his family,” causing a worldwide collective cringe. Continue reading Twitter users are now debating whether Read more

Richard Dawkins to come to Wellington again Comments 0

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Evolutionary biologist and provocative atheist Richard Dawkins will be appearing during Writers’ Week during the 2016 New Zealand festival. Dawkins, who is now 74, previously appeared at the New Zealand Festival in 2010. In an article in the New Zealand Listener, Diana Wichtel described him as “a scientist, a writer, a performer, a public intellectual, an Read more

Dawkins suspects religion in NZ is dying Comments 0

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Well known rationalist Richard Dawkins, who is an expert evolutionary biologist, thinks religion is on the way out in New Zealand. “…Science is advancing all time and religion is not, and religion is slowly dying,”  Dawkins told TV3 show The Nation on Saturday. “It’s dying much faster in some countries than others. It’s dying very Read more

Outlook bad for atheism, not good for Christianity Comments 0

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Religion, as certain members of the media never fail to remind us at this time of year, seems to be on the decline, and for disgruntled secularists, the end cannot come quickly enough. But the death of God, at least in the hearts of most human beings, is a Western illusion. New demographic projections suggest Read more

NZ bucks religiosity trend Comments 1

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

New Zealand is one of only three countries in which religiosity is predicted to decline between now and 2050. The other two are France and the Netherlands. These are some of the predictions made by Washington-based think-tank, Pew Research Centre, in a recently published report. The report predicted that by 2050 In the Asia Pacific Read more

An atheist reflects on God, religious belief and Isis Comments 1

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Brian Edwards

I was 18 or 19 when I told the local Church of Ireland minister in Dunmurry, Canon Robert C Ellis, that I was an atheist and could no longer sing in the church choir or superintend the Sunday School classes on the council housing estate in nearby Seymour Hill where I lived with my aging Read more

Cracks in the atheist edifice: religion in China Comments 0

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The coastal city of Wenzhou is sometimes called China’s Jerusalem. Ringed by mountains and far from the capital, Beijing, it has long been a haven for a religion that China’s Communist leaders view with deep unease: Christianity. Most cities of its size, with about 9m people, have no more than a dozen or so visibly Read more

Prominent atheist asks Pope to bless his family Comments 0

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The 90-year-old Italian atheist who twice interviewed Pope Francis has revealed that he asked the pontiff to bless his family. Eugenio Scalfari, one of Italy’s most prominent atheist intellectuals and for 20 years the editor of the newspaper La Repubblica, said the Pope had visited his family and blessed them following his request. Speaking to Read more