A sobbing child told the pontiff his dead father was a good man, but he wondered if a nonbeliever could be in heaven.
People who are able to rise above their instincts are likely better problem-solvers.
Prayer is really no more than focused hope; the real question is, on what does that hope focus? For the true believers, to hope that God will step in is too often an abdication of any responsibility for action. We pray for the hungry, but refuse to offer them bread from our own loaded plates. When hope is located in the heavens, the earth is left to perish.
Religion still has far too much prominence in the world today. It is the underpinning narrative of most major news stories
Segregation is damaging for everyone. It's damaging for the minorities who could find themselves excluded from the best schools, but also for the kids with parents of the "right" faith. Wouldn't every child benefit from mixing with a variety of children from a variety of backgrounds?
In a country where most people now are not religious, the research shows that a massive 91% of us do celebrate Christmas in some form. So if Christmas is no longer about Christ for most people, what is it about? What people are celebrating in just under a week's time is not the birth of a supernatural saviour, but more earthly, human things.
Christmas does indeed get the greater share of focus, and I have focused on it primarily due to my background, my grandfather was an Anglican Vicar and my primary school was Church of England, so I can't help but associate this period with the Christian church which is my own failing.
He has been recovering since February.
Richard Dawkins has revealed that even when he suffered a stroke, the last thing on his mind was praying. The vehement atheist
An interview which saw renowned atheist Stephen Fry denounce God as “capricious, mean-minded and stupid”, has been nominated