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In the words of Blaise Pascal, mathematician and Catholic, 'Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.'Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior?

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Matthew Chapman

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Matthew Chapman
  • Author, Filmmaker and Co-Founder of Science Debate
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Wednesday, February 1, 2006
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Matthew Chapman will argue for the motion “the world would be better off without religion” at the Nov. 15 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate in New York.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A real hero with real courage, Pat Tillman not only refutes forever the lie that there are no atheists in foxholes, but more than that provides an opening for a far more radical thought: atheism, in and of itself, is courageous, and faith, in and of itself, is cowardly.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

If you've spent time meeting religious people in small-town America, it's easy to imagine what "outing" yourself as an atheist could mean in such a place. Atheists should learn from the gay rights movement that the first step toward acceptance is the one that takes you out of the closet.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
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A.C. Grayling

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A.C. Grayling
  • Renowned Atheist and Professor of Philosophy
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Monday, February 22, 2010
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Saturday, July 1, 2000
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Tyler Krupp and Rachel Stuart, The Stone, New York Times, October 31, 2011
An interview with Grayling, philosopher and public intellectual.

Monday, October 31, 2011
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In his new book, The Good Book: A Secular Bible, the philosopher sets out his manifesto for rational thought. He talks about why religion angers him, the power of philosophy – and his mane of hair.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

In the wake of the natural disaster in New Zealand and Japan, Grayling questions those that spend time praying to a god.

Sunday, March 13, 2011
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Peter Brietbart, Freethinker, February 22, 2010
A 4-part interview with A.C. Grayling, discussing the meaning of life and the burqa in , combating extremism and circumcision in , why religion has stuck around so long in , and what lies in store for humanity in .

Monday, February 22, 2010
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Peter Brietbart, Freethinker, February 22, 2010
A 4-part interview with A.C. Grayling, discussing the meaning of life and the burqa in , combating extremism and circumcision in , why religion has stuck around so long in , and what lies in store for humanity in .

Monday, February 22, 2010
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Peter Brietbart, Freethinker, February 22, 2010
A 4-part interview with A.C. Grayling, discussing the meaning of life and the burqa in , combating extremism and circumcision in , why religion has stuck around so long in , and what lies in store for humanity in .

Monday, February 22, 2010
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A panel discussion on the role religion plays in society featuring A.C. Grayling, Evan Harris, Samia Rahman, Jon Cruddas, and Cristina Odone.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Religion has lost respectability as a result of the atrocities committed in its name, because of its clamoring for an undue slice of the pie, and for its efforts to impose its views on others.

Monday, March 26, 2007
Against:

Dinesh D'Souza

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Dinesh D'Souza
  • Author, What's So Great About Christianity
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Even if we set aside religious conviction, there are compelling reasons to believe in life after death.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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When science, far from disproving God, seems to be pointing with ever-greater precision toward transcendence, imagination and wishful thinking seem all that is left for the atheists to count on.

Friday, November 28, 2008
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So does a belief in evolution automatically lead to disbelief in God? Actually, Darwin didn't think that. Darwin was not an "intellectually fulfilled atheist"; rather, he called himself an agnostic.

Thursday, January 1, 2009
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The best empirical evidence for life after death comes from people who have had ‘near death experiences.’

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Atheism foolishly presumes that reason is, in principle, capable of figuring out all that there is, while theism at least knows that there is a reality greater than, and beyond, that which our senses and our minds can ever apprehend.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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Many of the conflicts that are counted as ‘religious wars’ were not fought over religion. They were mainly fought over rival claims to territory and power.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006
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An interview with King’s College President Dinesh D’Souza: why he’ll argue against the motion, “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion,” at the Nov. 15 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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The undecided person is right to wonder how Christianity will make his life better. After all, he is considering not only whether to believe something but whether to base his life on it. D’Souza enumerates some concrete ways in which Christianity can improve our lives.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Across the globe, religious faith is thriving and religious people are having more children. By contrast, atheist conventions only draw a handful of embittered souls, and the atheist lifestyle seems to produce listless tribes that cannot even reproduce themselves.

Sunday, October 22, 2006
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Stan Guthrie, Breakpoint, November 12 & 19, 2009
An interview with D’Souza about his life as a Christian apologist.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Evolutionists have some ingenious explanations for morality. But do they work?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

If evolution cannot explain how humans became moral primates, what can?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dinesh D’Souza, the new president of New York City’s only Evangelical college, wants to build a “Christain A-team.”

Sunday, July 24, 2011
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Rabbi David Wolpe

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Rabbi David Wolpe
  • Named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America by Newsweek
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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An interview with Rabbi David Wolpe: Why he’ll argue against the motion,” The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion,” at the Nov. 15 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Yet there is a reason why people who are part of religious communities give more to charity, are healthier and happier - as demonstrated in study after study. Faith is not the child of hope but its parent. Faith gives one the courage to find purpose even in dark times.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Without eliding or eluding the fact that Islam is a particularly troubling case in the modern world, the question remains: does conducting hearings into Islam specifically aid or impede our pursuit of terrorism?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Can science and religion coexist? Of course they can if each side is willing to practice a little epistemological humility.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wolpe gives four reasons why he thinks atheists are so angry.

Friday, March 11, 2011

For The Motion

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
God Is Not Great:

Imagine, sang John Lennon, a world with no religion. Imagine no suicide bombers, no 9/11, no 7/7, no Crusades, no witch-hunts, no Gunpowder Plot, no Kashmir dispute, no Indo/Pakistan partition, no Israel/Palestine wars, no Serb/Croat/Muslim massacres, no Northern Ireland 'troubles.'

Monday, April 10, 2006
Richard Dawkins

The fundamental problem with religion is that it is built, to a remarkable degree, upon lies.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Social scientific research concerning the identities, values, and behaviors of people who don't believe in God or are non-religious, and addresses the ways in which atheism and secularity are positively correlated with societal well-being.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Phil Zuckerman

Earlier this year, Andrew Zak Williams asked public figures why they believe in God. Now it's the turn of the atheists ' from A C Grayling to P Z Myers ' to explain why they don't.

Monday, July 25, 2011
Andrew Zak Williams

Against The Motion

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To regret religion is to regret Western civilization.

Monday, October 29, 2007
Theodore Dalrymple

Theodore Dalrymple, an atheist, argues belief in God makes you a better person, both morally and practically.

Monday, April 21, 2003
Theodore Dalrymple

An impartial examination of the facts will lead any objective observer to the conclusion that religion, and Christianity in particular, has been and continues to be an overwhelming force for personal and social good.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Father Thomas Williams

Karen Armstrong and Richard Dawkins to respond independently to the question "Where does evolution leave God?"

Saturday, September 12, 2009
Karen Armstrong & Richard Dawkins

As a believer, Collins sees DNA, the information molecule of all living things, as God's language, and the elegance and complexity of our own bodies and the rest of nature as a reflection of God's plan.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Francis Collins

It's not so much about this doctrine or that, Mass or the Lord's Supper or even Ramadan or Yom Kippur. It's about purpose, meaning and whether I ought to get out of bed in the morning.

Sunday, August 8, 2010
Oliver Thomas

In our increasingly secular society, many religious people feel their voices are not heard. So here, leading public figures and scientists explain their faith to Andrew Zak Williams.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Andrew Zak Williams

Religion and War

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Are religion and religious differences to blame for war and conflict? Many war leaders have claimed to have God on their side, but should religion get the blame? A "War Audit" commissioned for the BBC program "What the World Thinks of God" investigates the links between war and religion through the ages. It was carried out by researchers at the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Greg Austin

Morality

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While morals may not have come exclusively from religious precepts, it might be hasty to say that religion has nothing to do with our moral code.

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Frans De Waahl

Debates

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Mark Oppenheimer and Sam Harris debate whether religion is a force for good for the Economist.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Economist October 5
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Religion: A Force for Good?Transcript Munk Debate/BBC

Surveys

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This survey details statistics on religion in America and explores the shifts taking place in the U.S. religious landscape. Based on interviews with more than 35,000 Americans age 18 and older, the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey finds that religious affiliation in the U.S. is both very diverse and extremely fluid.

Friday, February 1, 2008
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Gallup surveys confirm a downward drift in religious identity among Americans, as well as a slight increase in the number of Americans who view religion as old-fashioned and out of date.

Friday, May 21, 2010
Frank Newport