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Bent Too Far: A Missionary, A Bookstore, A Change of Heart

In my last life, back in the late 1990s when I was a fundamentalist missionary in Papua New Guinea, I came upon the online magazine Killing the Buddha. Although I was quite aware that my life as a fundamentalist was nearly over, I did not know that I had about four years before any ontological…

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Fundies and Aspies

Ned Spodos has seen it from both sides.

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“It’s The World That’s Strange”

Barbara Ehrenreich talks to Jeff Sharlet about her new book, mysticism, secrecy, and science.

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What Atheism Really Means

“Lack of belief” in God is not the same as disbelief. Fess up, atheists.

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Gary Austin: Making Surprising Sense

A Conversation with Gary Austin

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The Atheist Churches Are Coming!

The Sunday Assembly, an atheist church service dreamed up by British comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans as a “godless congregation that celebrates life” hits U.S. shores today with an appearance in Manhattan. And there’s more to come: their Indigogo campaign plans to raise £500,000 to bring about a global godless revolution. While the media…

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Atheists: A Rant

The mere fact of not believing in the supernatural doesn’t make you a well-grounded rational individual, let alone a humane soul.

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The Myth of the Ground Zero Cross

When I first heard that a 17-foot cross-like structure was discovered by a construction worker in the wreckage of the World Trade Center, I was too busy feeding first responders to pay any attention. (I recounted my experiences as a 9/11 volunteer in Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church),  I viewed the news…

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Godless Goodies

As a religion reporter since 1994, I’ve covered ample religious themed events including some localized humanist gatherings. But the Atheist Alliance of America’s 2013 Conference marked my first foray into a national gathering of the godless. As a trained Buddha-killer, I found myself drawn to the godless displays. While atheists have yet to come close…

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At the Judgment Seat

Now that I’m damned I’ve discovered a new capacity for wonder.

William Lane Craig, from his July 2013 email newsletter.

7 Habits of a Highly Effective Philosopher

Life lessons from the Christian apologist William Lane Craig.

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What Do You Believe? How Do You Know? Want a Free Book?

For as long as I’ve been interested in the search for proofs about the existence of God, I’ve been interested in drawing them. Words and equations just didn’t seem like enough; to wrap my head around what these constructs were expressing, and to try to communicate them to others, I had to make pictures. As…

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Remembering Bill Hicks

On this day, twenty years after his untimely death, let us stop for a moment and reflect on the legacy of Bill Hicks, whose timeless smackdowns of Americana Christianity inspired me to begin penning my own religious satire. On February 26, 1994, he transcended this physical plane, leaving behind a comedic legacy cut way too…

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Singing to Jesus with Eyes Closed

You would think Berkeley had suddenly transformed into an Evangelical school.

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Religion Island

Dawkins vs. Sri Lanka, and silence wins.

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Douthat’s Atheist

Oh Ross. You are making me violate my custody of my mind with your words again. You’re talking Hitchens and his “atheism” or whatever, but the most important thing about this column is the part where Hitchens “cornered” you in a “pantry” at a “Washington dinner party” and “insisted on having a long argument about…

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This Post Means Nothing

Readers may have been surprised to find that Killing the Buddha did not feature a blog post about the nativity scene fracas in Santa Monica, wherein atheists acquired and used most of the traditional display spots to advertise their philosophy. This story was relevant to our area of coverage and to our audience. We could…

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Dark Mysticism

H. P. Lovecraft as soulcraft.