Category: Secular Thoughts

Many, Many, Many Gods

By Jim Haught, “Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.” – Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), creator of the essay. But Montaigne spoke too...

When Thinking Is a Crime

By Jim Haught As prehistoric tribes evolved into early civilizations, tribal shamans were succeeded by elaborate priesthoods claiming to represent hundreds of magical gods. Priestcraft became a complex profession and gained enormous power over...

Evolution Produced All Creatures, Including Skeptics

By Jim Haught Evolution is astounding! The mind boggles to realize that natural selection – driven by weak hydrogen bonds that let the long DNA molecule unzip and replicate itself – could produce the...

Is It Blasphemy — Or Honesty?

James A. Haught Blasphemy isn’t a dirty word. It simply means voicing doubts about supernatural religious claims. That’s normal for intelligent, science-minded people. They merely express their honest conclusions about alleged magical, invisible spirits....

Doubts of the Famous

Jim Haught Many famous people have been skeptics, and weren’t afraid to say so.  Here’s part of my personal treasury of nuggets, collected over the decades: Writers “All thinking men are atheists.” – Ernest Hemingway...

“Closet Atheists” Abound in America

by James A. Haught Atheists are disliked in America—constantly denigrated in public surveys—which may explain why many doubters conceal their lack of belief. However, a 2017 poll by University of Kentucky researchers found that perhaps one-fourth of Americans are...

Skeptics Are Smarter

by James A. Haught Several research studies find that skeptics are brighter than religious believers. More than 60 scientific reports were analyzed in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review, which said the results “showed...

Logic Disproves an All-Merciful God

by James A. Haught Reason—logical thinking by intelligent minds—proves clearly that the compassionate, all-powerful god of religion cannot exist. Simple logic clinches it, as follows: When a woman is dying of breast cancer, or...

Science Always Defeats Religion

by James A Haught The historic war between science and religion began in Ancient Greece, and it still roils more than two millennia later. Science has won every encounter, yet supernatural believers won’t surrender. Classical Greece teemed with...

The Secular Era is Booming!

by James A. Haught In 1976, a whopping 82% of adult Americans identified themselves as white Christians, but today the rate has fallen to just 43 percent. This stunning change is reported by the...