Week of March 18, 2012

Week of March 18, 2012

Atheists, Believers and the Secular

Atheists, Believers & The Secular

February 17, 2013
(was 03.18.2012)

Some atheists are denouncing religion, while others still crave a sense of the sacred even though they don’t believe in God.  Do atheists have something to learn from religion? 

  1. Alain de Botton on "Religion for Atheists"

    Do atheists have any use for religion?  Philosopher Alain de Botton says atheists can learn religious traditions tap into various emotional needs, from our yearning for community to our desire to create sacred spaces. 

    Average: 4.1 (16 votes)
  2. Adam Frank on spiritual atheism

    Adam Frank is an atheist with a spiritual bent.  As an astrophysicist, his yearning for the sacred is rooted in science.  It's an impulse going back to his childhood.

    Average: 4.4 (20 votes)
  3. Anne Rice on leaving Catholicism

    In 2010 Anne Rice announced on her Facebook page, "Today I quit being a Christian."  The announcement sparked headlines around the world.  She talks about her complicated history with Catholicism and why she no longer wants to be part of any church.

    Average: 4.4 (18 votes)
  4. Diana Butler Bass on "Christianity after Religion"

    Diana Butler Bass says we're now living in a post-religious age.  What's surprising is how many people are abandoning organized religion, but not God.

    Average: 4.3 (15 votes)
  5. Charles Taylor on the Secular

    Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor says we're now living in "a secular age," but we're still trying to figure out what a post-religious world looks like, and how we can find meaning in a culture without any over-arching purpose.

    Average: 4.6 (14 votes)
Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

Animals and Us

March 18, 2012
(was 03.06.2011)

The way we think about animals often defies logic.

  1. Hal Herzog on Our Double Standards for Animals

    Animals: Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat.

    Average: 4.2 (5 votes)
  2. John Woestendiek on the Cloning of Dogs

    Bernan McKinney received the first commercially cloned dog.

    Average: 4 (4 votes)
  3. Jaron Lanier on Turning People into Cephalopods

    Jaron Lanier loves the cephalopods, like the octopus and the squid.

    Average: 3.8 (4 votes)
  4. T.C. Boyle on "When the Killing's Done"

    T.C. Boyle's new novel features a face-off between an animals rights activist and a biologist.

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  5. Barbara King on Being With Animals

    Human and animal history is so intertwined it's hard to imagine one species without the other.

    Average: 4.4 (5 votes)