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Threads of 2017

Reading Time: 3 minutes The old year is dwindling, and a new trip around the sun is about to begin. 2017 was another year that many of us will be glad to see the end of. But before the wheel turns, let’s take one last look back… Doom and Gloom This year, I started a Dystopia Journal series, each […]

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Threads of 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes For many reasons, 2016 was a year that most of us would like to forget. But there are some good things too that are worth an annual wrapup, and so we begin with… Family Matters In September, I became a parent. I wrote about how child-raising cries out for communal effort and the lessons humanists […]

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New Channel, Same Old Atheism

Reading Time: 3 minutes You may have noticed a change here at Patheos. All of us secular bloggers used to be grouped under the Atheist channel, but no longer. We’re now the Nonreligious channel. Here’s the official announcement on the Secular Spectrum group blog. To reassure some people who were worried: there was no pressure from above to expunge […]

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Daylight Atheism Is 10 Years Old

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ve gotten lazy about these anniversaries over the years, but this one is too big to ignore. My first-ever post was February 10, 2006, which means this humble little blog is ten years old today! In the time I’ve been writing, the atheist movement has made amazingly rapid progress. The non-religious have grown by leaps […]

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Threads of 2015

Reading Time: 4 minutes As the last hours of 2015 pass, it’s time to revisit the themes and ideas that I kept returning to over the year. These are the most significant: A Violent Year Paris suffered not one, but two atrocities. In January, there was a bloody terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, committed by fanatics who slaughtered artists […]

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Threads of 2014

Reading Time: 4 minutes As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual wrapup. Here are the major threads that I kept returning to on Daylight Atheism over the past year: The New Civil Rights In January, I reviewed Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, the most important book in American politics of the last decade, about […]

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Threads of 2013

Reading Time: 4 minutes The sand is draining from the last hours of 2013, so here’s a look back at the passing year. Of course, it started off with Daylight Atheism moving to a new home on Patheos, but there were lots of other major developments as well: Feminism and the Atheist Movement In January, I launched a petition […]

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Why Have Comments

Reading Time: 3 minutes As reported by Against the New Taboo, the magazine Popular Science announced last month that they’re shutting off comments on new articles. Popular Science’s post cited research on “the nasty effect“, which found that hostile comments contribute to a polarized and dogmatic reaction from readers on both sides, impeding rather than advancing understanding. The way […]

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Threads of 2012

Reading Time: 4 minutes To know where you’re heading, it helps to know where you’ve come from. And with the last grains of sand slipping through the hourglass, now is the perfect time to look back over the year that was and survey the major themes which wove throughout my writing during the past twelve months. So, without further […]

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