Religion & Spirituality

  • Skepticism

    ICYMI: November 25 – December 1 on the Skepchick Network

    Hello Skepchick readers! How are you doing on this lovely Monday morning? I stubbed my toe, so I’ve been better. Anyhoo, here’s what happened last week on the Skepchick Network.

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  • Quickies

    Skepchick Quickies 9.13

    Well lucky for all of us, Amanda is off saving the world again with her sidekick baby sloth. So, I’ll be serving up this morning’s quickies! Editorial suggests that health care workers who want to provide abortions in opposition to anti-abortion legislation should do so under conscience exceptions. “Conscience means you’re a human being, and human beings vary in their…

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  • Skepticism

    ICYMI: July 22-July 28 on the Skepchick Network

    You guys, I have Olympic Fever! It’s time every four years when I pretend to care about cycling and beach volleyball! Go team! Score all the sports points! Insert otherwise totally inappropriate patriotic slogan here! Maybe in between pole vaults and pommel horses you could catch up on what happened last week on the Skepchick Network.

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  • Quickies

    Skepchick Quickies 7.2

    Good morn… errrr, afternoon folks in the Skepchick-verse. Hey, you all know I’m an astronomer, right? I am belatedly taking over the Quickies for a bit while Mary goes off saving the universe from hostile aliens bent on enslaving the human race. Seriously, our work is never done. Hope you enjoy your fresh, hot serving of quickies! A mass exodus…

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  • Religion

    Ask Surly Amy and Heina: Ex Conservative Muslim

    Dear Surly Amy, I come from a conservative Muslim family. I married into a conservative Muslim family and now have 4 beautiful children. I’ve always been a critical thinker, and for the past few months, I’ve turned my skeptical eye (sorry Brian Dunning for steeling your line) on my religious views. It’s been a very difficult battle, but logic and…

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  • Skepticism

    “Where Will You Spend Eternity?”: My Experience with Religion at the Doctor’s Office

    Evangelical Christians have a phenomenon known as the Conversion Story, and these stories are used to illustrate how one used to live an empty life of sin before they prayed a bunch and “found” Jesus. The more gruesome the story, the better the conversion. Similarly, I have a Skeptic Conversion Story about my experiences with religion and how I managed…

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  • Atheists Caused Religion!

    Okay, so that was a slightly hyperbolic title, but its inspiration is suitably fascinating: Massimo Pigliucci reports today on a recent study suggesting that religion spread through human societies thanks to the encouragement of non-believers. The possible explanation is bizarre yet plausible. Perhaps, people feel as though a person who sacrifices to an imaginary deity is more likely to make…

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  • Gift from God? I’d rather have the cash.

    This woman is refusing to abort her conjoined twins because of her strict religious (Catholic) beliefs. The twins have two heads and one body (yeah, quite a thought) and have a one in five chance of survival according to some sources, and none at all according to others. She’s spent seven years trying to conceive, and I fully understand why…

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