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Santa Claus, Easter Bunny Send Youth Mixed Signals

This week’s question: How would you go about introducing fictions like the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus to your children? It’s entertaining, the gullibility of a child. They’ll believe almost...
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The Atheist in Love, Chapter Two:

This week’s question: Is it better to have love and lost than to have never loved at all?   Perhaps “love” isn’t the right word. In any case, the closing of an intimate relationship is so...
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The Atheist in Love

This week’s question: Could you ever date/fall in love with/marry someone of religious faith?   Romantic relationships that cross religious boundaries are a very deep and complicated topic, and...
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If Atheists Don’t Believe in the Soul, What Sets Humans Apart?

Though the word “more” in this question is vague, I assume that it means, “Which existence is more valuable?” I believe that humans’ lives are much more valuable than any machine’s, even t...
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If Not Adam and Eve, Who Were the First Humans to Conceive?

This Week’s Question: If not Adam and Eve, who were the first humans to conceive?   This question doesn’t really seem relevant to our readership, as I doubt most of the people interested are ...
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Holy Crap! Welcome Back to Another Year of Godly Debate

For all of you Nexus readers, Ask an Atheist is a safe haven. An opportunity to ask what it really means to be an atheist, a rationalist, or a skeptic. We listen to everyone, no matter your beliefs, a...
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Atheists Acknowledge Ambiguity, Bid Adieu

“Ask an Atheist” is built on a dialogue with the community, and its greatest strength is the back-and-forth dialogue that the Nexus so generously facilitates. As a part of that process, in a recen...
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Atheists Deem Doomsday Pile of Prophetic Nonsense

This week’s question: “How do you feel about the ‘Rapture’ this Saturday, May 21?”   There is a group of people who believe that this Saturday is the Rapture and tha...
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Atheists Harp on Christianity in Effort to Tackle Ignorance

This week’s question: “Why do you guys single out Christianity?”   As far as I know, the arguments presented in this column only go after the most basic understanding of what God is suppose...
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Atheism Does Not Always Rhyme With Angst

This week’s question: “Why are atheists so antagonistic/insulting? Wouldn’t they catch more flies with honey than vinegar?”
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Acknowledging Spiritual Hierarchy Irrelevant to an Individual’s Value

This week’s question: Without religious faith of any kind, how can you say you’re as good a person as someone who truly believes in something greater than themselves?
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Existence of Evil Contradicts Ominipotence of God

This week’s question: “The existence of suffering is often pointed to as a argument against the presence of a loving god, but how can one have a world in which humans are free without some of thos...
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Nonbelievers Find Fulfillment and Beauty In a World Without Purpose

This week’s question: “Doesn’t atheism lead to a belief that nothing has any meaning?”
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Formerly Devout Discuss Reasons for Abandoning Faith

This week’s question: “What caused you to turn away from religion? How did you lose your faith?”
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Skeptics Do Not Require Theological Knowledge to Judge Faith Claims

This week’s question: “Why let atheists talk about theology? That’s like letting English majors criticize quantum mechanics!”
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