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Christianity is Collapsing

Reading Time: 2 minutes By James A. Haught Sociologists are amazed by the swift disintegration of Christianity in America. It’s a stunning cultural transformation, confirmed by dozens of surveys and studies. A Gallup Poll found that fewer than half of Americans (47 percent) now belong to a church or mosque or temple – down from seventy percent at the […]

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Handmaid Danger Fading

Reading Time: 2 minutes By James A. Haught The Handmaid’s Tale – a grotesque novel about a fundamentalist takeover that turns part of America into a cruel theocracy called Gilead – rang a worldwide bell when published in 1985. The vivid book by Canadian Margaret Atwood sold eight million copies and was made into a Hulu television series that […]

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Majesty of the Mountains

Reading Time: 3 minutes Even if you’ve lived all your life in West Virginia, the immensity of the mountains still can be awesome. Last week I drove down the turnpike to Beckley, then east on I-64 to the Shenandoah Valley, and the colossal convolutions were as boggling as ever. Looming peaks and slopes were especially impressive with October sunshine […]

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Islamic Belief in the Messiah

Reading Time: 2 minutes By James A. Haught Here’s an odd twist of religion: Multitudes of Muslims believe that Jesus will return to Earth soon — not to spread Christianity, but to abolish it in support of Islam. Muslim scholar Mustafa Akyol outlines this tenet in his book, The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a […]

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Recovering a Lost Treasure

Reading Time: 3 minutes By James A. Haught Ancient Greece, birthplace of Western civilization, was contradictory. It produced the first known thinkers who tried to understand the world through logic and observation, instead of through supernatural explanations. Yet Greeks also sacrificed thousands of animals to imaginary gods on Mount Olympus, and gave gold to mystical “oracles” who babbled in […]

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Abortion Funds Are Vital Infrastructure

Reading Time: 3 minutes [This is a guest post from my wife Elizabeth. Check out her podcast at Feminist Coffee Hour too! —Adam] News that the Supreme Court will hear a case on Mississippi’s 15 week abortion ban has rocked pro-choice circles and has left many feeling a sense of despair. Could this be another step towards the end […]

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Science’s Future Is Glorious; Religion – Why Bother?

Reading Time: 2 minutes By James A. Haught In an 1820 letter to Portuguese scholar Correa de Serra, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “Priests of the different religious sects… dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight.” Jefferson saw the clash between religion and science clearly. Ever since his day, science has achieved astounding benefits for humanity, […]

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Carl Sagan: Brilliant Skeptic

Reading Time: 3 minutes By James A. Haught Astronomer Carl Sagan wrote a blunt attack on all forms of magical thinking. In The Demon-Haunted World, he assails: Astrology horoscopes, faith-healing, UFO “abductions,” religious miracles, New Age occultism, fundamentalist “creationism,” tarot card reading, prayer, prophecy, palmistry, transcendental meditation, satanism, weeping statues, “channeling” of voices from the dead, holy apparitions, extrasensory […]

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Why Would God Drown Children?

Reading Time: 4 minutes By James A. Haught The ghastly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on the day after Christmas – one of the worst natural disasters in the history of humanity – may have had an unexpected side-effect: Intelligent people increasingly may be forced to abandon the notion that an all-loving, all-powerful, fatherly, kindly, creator god controls the universe. […]

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Exquisite Writing

Reading Time: 4 minutes By James A. Haught Consider the amazing power of language, the ability of words to touch souls and stir people. We live in a colossal ocean of verbiage, with about 1 million new books published yearly in America (400,000 of them self-published), plus a bigger deluge of words from newspapers, magazines, the Internet, etc. The […]

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