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Tear Down That Wall

by Christopher Hitchens
February 12, 2013

Print: Slate

Christopher Hitchens’ 2010 article calling for the prosecution of the Catholic priests who abused children, and the men who covered it up.

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James Randi on Quackery and the Need for Science Education

by James Randi
January 24, 2013

Print: Skeptic

The following is James Randi’s address to congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. on March 18th, 1999.

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Imagine no heaven

By Salman Rushdie
October 9, 2012

Print: The Guardian

Salman Rushdie’s 1999 essay to the six billionth living person.

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Losing our Spines to Save our Necks

By Sam Harris
September 15, 2012

Print: The Huffington Post

Sam Harris’ 2008 article on why the controversy about an anti-Islam film should teach us that we need more criticism of Islam, not less.

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Assassins of the Mind

Christopher Hitchens
September 15, 2012

Print: Vanity Fair

Over two decades after the fatwa issued on Salman Rushdie, violence continues, and Muslim fundamentalists have gained a new advantage: media self-censorship.

Mitt the Mormon

By Christopher Hitchens
August 14, 2012

Print: Slate

Why Romney needs to talk about his faith.

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Pale Blue Dot

By Carl Sagan
April 23, 2012

Print: Inspired Speeches

Text and video of Carl Sagan’s famous ‘Pale Blue Dot’ speech.

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Judas Saves

By Christopher Hitchens
April 6, 2012

Print: Slate

Christopher Hitchens’ take on Easter from a 2006 Slate article.

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Religion as a Black Market for Irrationality

By Sam Harris
March 10, 2012

Print: The Washington Post

Sam Harris demonstrates how religious faith is a “perpetual motion machine of wishful thinking” in this 2007 article.

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The Myth of Militant Atheism

By David Niose
March 1, 2012

Print: Psychology Today

What do people mean when they refer to a “militant atheist”? Is there really such a thing?

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Prayers Don’t Help Heart Surgery Patients; Some Fare Worse When Prayed For

Harvard Medical School
February 15, 2012

Print: Science Daily

Results from the largest study on intercessory prayer performed at Harvard in 2006 show that prayer bestows no benefit on patients, and patients who knew that others were praying for them fared worse.

Why I Do Not Believe in a God

By Ricky Gervais
February 12, 2012

Print: The Wall Street Journal

In a provocative essay from December 2010, writer and comedian Ricky Gervais explains why he remains an avowed atheist.

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Christopher Hitchens dies; Vanity Fair writer was a religious skeptic, master of the contrarian essa

By Matt Schudel
December 16, 2011

Print: Washington Post

Christopher Hitchens, a sharp-witted provocateur who used his formidable learning, biting wit and muscular prose style to skewer what he considered high-placed hypocrites, craven lackeys of the right and left, “Islamic fascists” and religious faith of any kind, died Thursday from esophageal cancer.

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Morals don’t come from God

By Philip Ball
December 7, 2011

Print: Nature

The finding that religion scarcely influences moral intuition undermines the idea that a godless society will be immoral, says Philip Ball. Whether it ‘explains’ religion is another matter.

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Mormonism: A Racket Becomes a Religion

By Christopher Hitchens
November 6, 2011

Print: Slate

In an excerpt from his 2007 book ‘God is Not Great’, Christopher Hitchens recounts the “embarrassing” beginnings of Mormonism.

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Faith no more

Andrew Zak Williams
August 4, 2011

Print: New Statesman

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.

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This is how I discovered the truth. My name is Chris and I’m an Ex Mormon.

July 4, 2011


Chris, shares the story of the erosion of his faith, the recognition of the ways faith distorts experience, his emergence from Mormonism, and the effect it has had on his life.

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The Dragon In My Garage

By Carl Sagan
June 16, 2011

Print: Godless Geeks

In this excerpt from his 1995 book, The Demon Haunted World, Carl Sagan offers his famous analogy of claims for the existence of a god.

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My God Problem

by Natalie Angier
May 3, 2011

Print: Free Inquiry magazine

New York Times science writer Natalie Angier’s 2004 essay about scientists trying to accommodate religion.

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Science and religion don’t have to be enemies

Martin Rees
April 23, 2011

Print: New Statesman

Richard Dawkins called him a “compliant quisling” for accepting the Templeton Prize. Here, Martin Rees explains his decision.

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