Religion


Coming out Atheist, with Greta Christina
April 28, 2014

This week Point of Inquiry welcomes the well-known atheist blogger, speaker, and author Greta Christina to talk about her new book, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other and Why, a no nonsense guide to leveling with everyone in your life about your non-belief. Greta is a woman at home with difficult conversations. Her …

The War on Christmas
December 30, 2013

As the War on Christmas wages on, our host Josh Zepps interviews Rob Boston, Senior Policy Analyst for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, editor of Church & State magazine, and author of Close Encounters with the Religious Right: Journeys into the Twilight Zone of Religion and Politics and the upcoming Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t …

Katherine Stewart: The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children
November 11, 2013

Point of Inquiry, the flagship podcast of the Center for Inquiry, presents a special episode recorded before a live audience at the 2013 CFI Summit in Tacoma, Washington, with new co-host Lindsay Beyerstein. The fundamentalist, Christian right’s influence and impact on our schools and the educating of our children is the subject of the new …

Katha Pollitt – Is Religion Inherently Sexist?
May 20, 2013

Over the weekend, the Center for Inquiry’s Women in Secularism II conference unfolded in Washington, D.C.—and we caught up with one of the event’s most distinguished speakers, the feminist poet and author Katha Pollitt. You probably know her “Subject to Debate” column in the Nation—always both insightful and also hilarious to read. It has been called, by …

A.C. Grayling – The God Argument
April 8, 2013

Remember all the greatest hits of religious apologists—the ontological, cosmological, and teleological arguments for God’s existence? You may have learned how to refute them in college—but not, perhaps, with the zest and humor shown by renowned philosopher A.C. Grayling in his new book The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and For Humanism. But Grayling …

Frans de Waal – The Bonobo and the Atheist
April 1, 2013

You hear it a lot from religious believers: Faith is about doing good works, bringing about good in the world, and showing compassion. In fact, some go further and argue that you can’t really be moral without religion. Well, says primatologist Frans de Waal, they really ought to take a look at our close cousin …

Phil Zuckerman – The Sociology of Irreligion
September 17, 2012

How many atheists are there in the world? Where do they live? What kind of people are they, and how do they get that way? Are they happy? Are they prosperous? Do they drag their societies down into a cesspool of immortality—as is often alleged—or, is it precisely the opposite? All of these questions are …

Peter Montgomery – 12 Rules for Mixing Religion and Politics
August 6, 2012

Our guest this week is Peter Montgomery, senior fellow with People for the American Way and author of a new report entitled Twelve Rules for Mixing Religion and Politics, released last week with a new introduction by Bill Moyers. Point of Inquiry invited Montgomery on the show to discuss these very useful rules of the road, …

Will Gervais – This is Your Brain on Religion
June 4, 2012

In late April, a study came out in Science that really got the secular blogosphere hopping. It was a paper showing that something we’ve long suspected may be true—less critical thinking is associated with more religiosity. In fact, having a cognitive style where you’re less analytic, and more intuitive, promotes faith. And vice versa. It turns out …

Jonathan Haidt – The Righteous Mind
March 19, 2012

Why is it that some of us are religious, some of us not… some of us liberal, some of us not? If you’ve been paying attention, then by now you might have noticed that this doesn’t really have a lot to do with the intellectual validity of religious, or irreligious, or liberal, or conservative ideas. …