James A. Haught Blog

“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...

Religion and Sexual Shame

James A. Haught The World Health Organization once estimated that more than 100 million couples around the globe make love during a typical day. Sex is a powerful human force: it’s natural, healthy, normal...

Religious Horrors (Part 3 of 3)

James A. Haught In the previous articles, Jim asked the question why many people think religion causes believers to be compassionate and familial. However, historical records give a different view when religious zeal causes followers...

Religious Horrors (Part 2 of 3)

by James A. Haught In the previous article, we asked the question why many people think religion causes believers to be compassionate and brotherly. However, historical records give a different view when religious zeal causes...

Religious Horrors (Part 1 of 3)

by James A. Haught Many people think religion causes believers to be compassionate and brotherly. But the record of history—from human sacrifice to Crusades, to Inquisitions, to witch-hunts, to jihads, to pogroms against Jews,...

The Final Taboo

This week, James A. Haught, Editor Emeritus of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, shares with us an essay first published in Free Inquiry in 1996 that forecast the future. Surely, he wrote, we will soon be able...

Suicide Volunteers Drive Radical Islam

Special Article by James A. Haught Editor Emeritus—The Charleston Gazette-Mail (West Virginia) On Palm Sunday, suicide bombers detonated themselves at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt, killing 44 and wounding 126. Undoubtedly, the volunteer “martyrs” thought they...

The Long, Slow Death of Religion

Special Article by James A. Haught Editor Emeritus—The Charleston Gazette-Mail (West Virginia) By now, it’s clear that religion is fading in America, as it has done in most advanced Western democracies. Dozens of surveys...