Poll shows atheism on the rise in the U.S.

(RNS) Religiosity is on the decline in the U.S. and atheism is on the rise, according to a new worldwide poll. The poll, called “The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism,” found the number of Americans who say they are religious dropped from 73 percent in 2005 to 60 percent. By Kimberly Winston.

Do atheists have anything to learn from religion?

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(RNS) In his new book, “Religion For Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion,” Swiss philosopher Alain d Botton outlines an array of things he contends religions get right and atheists can adopt to create a better, richer secular society. By Kimberly Winston.