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Feb 19, 2014 — The whole debate between science and religion is hitched to the wrong tree, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. Common ground exists: each is a manifestation of humanity's attraction to the mysterious.
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Sep 19, 2013 — A joyful love of science permeates Richard Dawkins' new memoir. Reviewer Barbara J. King says the best-selling evolutionary scientist and famed atheist is at his best in An Appetite for Wonder as he tells the story of his early life, in Africa and England, and then details his passionate relationship with the world of reason.
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Sep 18, 2013 — Secular activists who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — say they hope a new political action committee will stiffen the backbones of lawmakers who may be too afraid to openly state their doubts about the existence of a divine author of the universe.
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Sep 16, 2013 — According to recent work in decision theory and philosophy, faith can be rational. Sometimes. Commentator Tania Lombrozo delves into recent academic arguments about faith and sees it as a way forward for open and civil discussions between people who put their trust in reason and people who put their trust in religion.
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Jul 1, 2013 — A celebration of atheism in Florida draws the critical eye of commentator Barbara J. King. She says that one of the quotes carved on a new monument is both unfortunate and divisive.
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May 21, 2013 — Religion is often organized in terms of a god, or gods. It's a system of beliefs embodied in a being or beings. But that's not always the case. It can mean more, a lot more, says Adam Frank after finding inspiration in the writing of Ronald Dworkin.
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Apr 8, 2013 — Is there a bias against "Atheist" mail in the United States? A shoemaker in Berlin sees evidence of it after running an experiment that commentator Tania Lombrozo cites as "a great example of citizen science."
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Feb 12, 2013 — Strident strains of atheism often ignore the history of humanity's search for spiritual answers to the universe we live in. They shouldn't. One person who can help open the door to this vibrant landscape is the author Karen Armstrong.
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Jan 13, 2013 — As religious as this country may be, many Americans are not religious at all. The group of religiously unaffiliated - dubbed "nones"— has been growing. One-fifth of Americans say they're nones, as are one in three under 30. They're socially liberal and aren't looking for an organized religion.
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Nov 13, 2012 — Many demographic groups remain underrepresented in high-level government positions, including atheists — at least those out of the theistic closet. Commentator Tania Lombrozo wonders why atheists appear to be distrusted by the electorate.
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