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Ask an Atheist: Why Don’t You Just Call Yourself an Agnostic?

When I engage in a philosophical or religious conversation with some of my peers, a common phrase reiterated is, “Oh, I’m not an atheist; I’m an agnostic.” Though it may appear insignificant, this statement actually holds a lot of weight. It can seem unimportant, but “atheism” and “agnosticism” are more […]

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Is Spirituality a Good Alternative to Religion? 

Because it is purposefully a vague term, it is difficult to get a good idea of exactly what spirituality may mean. It’s a term that has appeared in many cultures and eras, influencing and being influenced by a very diverse group of people. What all strains of spirituality share, though, […]

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East vs. West: Ask an Atheist Sizes Up World Religions

Prompt: Do Eastern religions provide any benefits that Western ones might not?   In the Western world, or at least in the United States, religions of the Orient have increasingly come to take on an “exotic” and “mystical” flavor. People try these belief systems on as one might try on […]

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Are Atheists Islamophobic?

Lately, the New Atheist movement has come under fire in the news, as is inevitable with movements such as this. Consisting of popular figures like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, New Atheism advocates actively opposing religion through rational argument whenever possible. This movement, as well as atheism in general (New […]

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No Scrooges Here! Why Most Atheists Don’t Object to a Little Holiday Cheer

Question: Do atheists celebrate religious holidays?   The answer is simple: There is no reason not to. Even if I don’t believe in the event being celebrated, many of my family members still believe in it, and I am willing to put aside our differences for the day to spend […]