Are there really more Atheists than Christians in the UK? 1

So the news … as reported via Sky and many others is this … Atheist Numbers Surge In England And Wales Research says that the Anglican and Catholic churches are failing to hold on to those brought up as Christians. According to new research, around 48.5% of those surveyed in 2015 said they had no religion, compared to the 25% that said the same in the 2011 census. Those who identified themselves as Christians, including Anglicans, Catholics and other denominations, […]


Is Salt Good for you?

The UK’s Lancet no less has published a paper in which they conclude that very low salt intake is bad for you … Associations of urinary sodium excretion with cardiovascular events in individuals with and without hypertension: a pooled analysis of data from four studies (Side note: sorry, they have a paywall there) We searched PubMed for relevant research published between Jan 1, 1960, and April 1, 2016, using the term “sodium” or “salt” AND “mortality” OR “cardiovascular” OR “myocardial” […]


Would anybody seriously ..”Kill them all and let God sort them out” today?

The phrase “Kill them all and let God sort them out.” sounds medieval, irrational, and utterly barbaric, but it should because its origins is of course medieval and is firmly rooted within a time when Christianity was not as tame as it is today. The phrase itself is reputed to have come from the lips of Arnaud Amaury, a Cistercian abbot who took a prominent role in the Albigensian Crusade (1209–1229). As described by Cistercian writer Caesarius of Heisterbach, Arnaud Amalric was asked during one of the early battles in […]


Can you really Study Atheism?

Now here is a good news story doing the rounds in the media at the moment, for example The New York Times reports .. University of Miami Establishes Chair for Study of Atheism … and so you might feel this is strange and that it makes no sense at all. If you made the observations that Atheism is not a philosophy, or even something that defines a human life then you would be correct. This is because there is no dogma attached to it, nor […]


Response to a Christian’s letter to an Atheist

Over in a blog, a Christian has written a letter to an Atheist. It contains the usual heavy dose of saccharine, and yes I mean saccharine because it is a truly artificial sweetener that has been deployed … We had a discussion this week that I found to be an incredible experience.  I loved how it gave me the opportunity to dialogue with you and to get to know you on a more personal level. First of all, I want to say […]


Do religious people really live a longer life?

There is apparently a new study that has just been published in which it is being asserted that those that are religious will live a longer life. The study, found within JAMA Internal Medicine, is entitled: Association of Religious Service Attendance With Mortality Among Women and there they claim … Frequent attendance at religious services was associated with significantly lower risk of all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality among women. Religion and spirituality may be an underappreciated resource that physicians could […]