Posts Tagged ‘Atheism’

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

New atheist church opens its doors in Christchurch Comments 3

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The Sunday Assembly, commonly know as the atheist church, has arrived in Christchurch. Sunday Assembly Christchurch will formally launch on Sunday September 28th, 2014. Sunday Assembly is a church without god but it is not necessarily anti god. Sunday Assembly was founded in London in January 2013, and since then it has exploded across the world Read more

Dawkins says not aborting Down syndrome babies is immoral Comments 1

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Supporters of people with Down syndrome have slammed atheist Richard Dawkins’ comments that it would be immoral not to abort a foetus with the condition. The controversy erupted after a Twitter exchange between Dawkins and a woman who said she would face a real ethical dilemma if pregnant with a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome. Read more

Freedom of Information law could apply to Irish church Comments 0

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

A new law to be enacted in Ireland could make religious bodies that supply a service to the public subject to Freedom of Information law requests. That was what Ireland’s Department of Public Expenditure and Reform told Socialist MP Joe Higgins, who had asked if Freedom of Information legislation could be extended to cover records Read more

Richard Dawkins says niceness of churchgoers enables extremists Comments 0

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Atheist Richard Dawkins has argued that the niceness of ordinary churchgoers has helped enable religious fundamentalists to become suicide bombers. The Telegraph in the United Kingdom reported Dawkins saying moderate Christian and Muslim believers had inadvertently paved the way for extremists. Dawkins said ordinary believers do this by being “so nice” that people do not Read more

Bad attitudes theists have towards atheists Comments 0

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote The Power of Positive Thinking, once said, “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” It’s hard to honestly face criticism, but it’s the only way we can grow as human beings, since we are notoriously good at deceiving Read more

New religion strains credibility Comments 0

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Sometimes people do strange things – things you yourself would never think of. And to be fair, wearing a colander on your head while getting your driver licence photo is quite random. Russell is claiming that wearing a colander is a requirement of his religion. He belongs to  the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Read more