James A. Haught Blog

Where Do Beliefs Come From?

Where Do Beliefs Come From?

August 15, 2018 – by James A. Haught – Patheos / Daylight Atheism U.S. National Archives By James A. Haught Suppose a miracle is reported — say, another Virgin Mary sighting by Catholics, or the 900-foot...

The Taiping Rebellion

The Taiping Rebellion

August 8, 2018 – by James A. Haught – Patheos / Daylight Atheism Detail from The Suppression of the Taiping Rebellion, ink on silk. By James A. Haught History awareness is woefully spotty. Everyone knows that...

Theology and Honesty

Theology and Honesty

August 1, 2018 – by James A. Haught – Patheos / Daylight Atheism By James A. Haught My far-flung family is quite diverse. Dr. John F. Haught is a renowned Catholic theologian who has produced a...

The Goofier the Tale, The More It’s Swallowed

The Goofier the Tale, The More It’s Swallowed

July 25, 2018  –  by James A. Haught  –  Patheos / Daylight Atheism By James A. Haught Well, the “Mothman” movie stirred thoughts about the eagerness of some people to believe nutty things. Back in the 1960s,...

No Qualms

No Qualms

July 18, 2018 – Patheos / Daylight Atheism – by James A. Haught By James A. Haught I’m quite aware that my turn is approaching. The realization hovers in my mind like a frequent companion....

The Search for Meaning

The Search for Meaning

July 11, 2018  –  by James A. Haught  –  Daylight Atheism / Patheos By James A. Haught Young seekers of truth go through a phase of wondering whether life has any discernible meaning. Why are...

Secular Surge

Secular Surge

Originally printed in Free Inquiry – June-July, 2018 By James A. Haught The long-foreseen Secular Age is arriving at a gallop.  Survey after survey finds snowballing increases of Americans who say their religion is “none.”...

Fundamentalist Intolerance

Fundamentalist Intolerance

May 7, 2018   –  by Guest Contributor – The Secular Spectrum / Patheos By James A. Haught Across America, right-wing politicians pass “religious freedom” laws that have a single purpose:  to let narrow-minded believers discriminate against...

One-Fourth of Christians ‘Speak in Tongues’

One-Fourth of Christians ‘Speak in Tongues’

(Free Inquiry – Feb-March, 2018 )  By James A. Haught The Book of Acts says the risen Jesus told his apostles “ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”  And when they gathered...

‘White Privilege’ Makes Some Uncomfortable

Charleston Gazette-Mail – Feb. 5, 2017 (syndicated by Tribune News Service and PeaceVoice) (reprinted in 20 newspapers) Human Prospect magazine – winter 2017-18 By James A. Haught Years ago, I visited our state’s former...

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...