(RNS) Some skeptics are wondering if ex-clergy leading nonreligious groups is a good idea.
(RNS) Figures from the 2011 census Monday (Sept. 30) show that 37 percent of Scots regard themselves as nonreligious, while 32 percent identified with the Church of Scotland, known as the Kirk.
AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) “I have committed a grave error in judgment that I deeply regret,” minister-turned-atheist Teresa MacBain wrote. “While I did not do anything with malice or with intention to harm others, my actions were still wrong.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Organizers of the new Freethought Equality Fund political action committee claim there are more than 24 nontheists in Congress, although only Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., publicly identifies her religion as “none.”
(RNS) The sticker on professor Robert Schmidt’s door at Utah State University signals that his office is a “Secular Safe Zone,” open to students who are atheists, agnostics or just questioning their faith and in need of advice.
SAN FRANCISCO (RNS) “I wanted people that could just be the people next door,” said filmmaker Sylvia Broeckx. “I wanted to put a face on atheism and the face is your neighbor, your friends and your co-workers who you might not expect to be an atheist.”
(RNS) Worried observers could have mistaken Pope Francis’ pastoral gesture to atheists as an effort to dilute the gospel rather than what he really intended — an evangelical outreach intended to bring nonbelievers closer to Christ.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope’s letter is especially notable for its open and honest assessment of the spiritual state of nonbelievers, and for seeming to open the door to the idea that notions of sin, conscience and forgiveness can be decided outside of the Catholic Church.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Richard Dawkins says other children in his school peer group had been molested by the same teacher but concluded: “I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.”