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July 15th, 2013
02:50 PM ET

Behold, the six types of atheists

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) - How many ways are there to disbelieve in God?

At least six, according to a new study.

Two researchers at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga found that atheists and agnostics run the range from vocally anti-religious activists to nonbelievers who still observe some religious traditions.

“The main observation is that nonbelief is an ontologically diverse community,” write doctoral student Christopher Silver and undergraduate student Thomas Coleman.

“These categories are a first stab at this," Silver told the website Raw Story. "In 30 years, we may be looking at a typology of 32 types.”

Silver and Coleman derived their six types of nonbelievers from 59 interviews. We're pretty sure we've spotted all six in our comments section.

1) Intellectual atheist/agnostic

This type of nonbeliever seeks information and intellectual stimulation about atheism.

They like debating and arguing, particularly on popular Internet sites.

(Ahem.)

They're also well-versed in books and articles about religion and atheism, and prone to citing those works frequently.

2) Activist

These kinds of atheists and agnostics are not content with just disbelieving in God; they want to tell others why they reject religion and why society would be better off if we all did likewise.

They tend to be vocal about political causes like gay rights, feminism, the environment and the care of animals.

3) Seeker-agnostic

This group is made up of people who are unsure about the existence of a God but keep an open mind and recognize the limits of human knowledge and experience.

Silver and Coleman describe this group as people who regularly question their own beliefs and “do not hold a firm ideological position.”

That doesn't mean this group is confused, the researchers say. They just embrace uncertainty.

4) Anti-theist

This group regularly speaks out against religion and religious beliefs, usually by positioning themselves as “diametrically opposed to religious ideology,” Silver and Coleman wrote.

“Anti-theists view religion as ignorance and see any individual or institution associated with it as backward and socially detrimental,” the researchers wrote. “The Anti-Theist has a clear and – in their view, superior – understanding of the limitations and danger of religions.”

Anti-theists are outspoken, devoted and – at times – confrontational about their disbelief. They believe that "obvious fallacies in religion and belief should be aggressively addressed in some form or another.”

5) Non-theist

The smallest group among the six are the non-theists, people who do not involve themselves with either religion or anti-religion.

In many cases, this comes across as apathy or disinterest.

“A Non-Theist simply does not concern him or herself with religion,” Silver and Coleman wrote. “Religion plays no role or issue in one’s consciousness or worldview; nor does a Non- Theist have concern for the atheist or agnostic movement.”

They continue: “They simply do not believe, and in the same right, their absence of faith means the absence of anything religion in any form from their mental space.”

6) Ritual atheist

They don't believe in God, they don’t associate with religion, and they tend to believe there is no afterlife, but the sixth type of nonbeliever still finds useful the teachings of some religious traditions.

“They see these as more or less philosophical teachings of how to live life and achieve happiness than a path to transcendental liberation,” Silver and Coleman wrote. “For example, these individuals may participate in specific rituals, ceremonies, musical opportunities, meditation, yoga classes, or holiday traditions.”

For many of these nonbelievers, their adherence to ritual may stem from family traditions. For others, its a personal connection to, or respect for, the "profound symbolism" inherent within religious rituals, beliefs and ceremonies, according the researchers.

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The authors of this study have graciously agreed to field questions from our commenters. If you're interested, please post your question below or tweet it to us at @CNNBelief. 

We'll take the best questions to the authors and the Q&A will be posted in a follow-up article. 

Please try to keep your questions related to the study itself.

Thanks,
Daniel Burke

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  1. hharri

    herein lies one of their many traps. they cannot address it. they will never address it. they run. they flee. they cry fowl. they moan and complain always. they have nothing.

    why were they upset to hear about a widowed christian? a woman who is deluded, forces children to be brainwashed with "under god" statements of poison, who vote to ruin the lives of americans?

    not too bright. lol sorry observer, u stupid idiot, but i do love rubbing your nose in it you demon infested snake

    Sartre, admitted: “Everything is indeed permitted if God does not exist....
    Nor...are we provided with any values or commands that could legitimize our behavior” (1961, p. 485). The atheist and agnostic have absolutely no platform on which to stand to make moral or ethical distinctions—except as the result of purely personal taste. The mere fact that they concede the existence of objective evil is an unwitting concession there is a God Who has established an absolute framework of moral judgments.

    September 13, 2013 at 12:30 am |
  2. cherry

    the following is not for atheists.

    how many chronically drunk teenagers would kill innocent people driving drunk if the punishment for chronic drunkenness, lawlessness, rebellion, etc., was the death penalty?

    September 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
  3. Mary

    Just to add some food for thought the atheist who are trying to remove the Christian beliefs from my/our great country do not realize that they are opening the door to the Muslims and their Sharia laws by doing so. The Muslims are not going to stop pushing their so called religion until they have won out and those of you who are anti Christ anti God being on anything which represents America are only helping them to win their war against the infidel which is what their Koran calls us. So I think you need to take a long look at the Muslim world and it's so called religion and decide which is better for America, for you and your families to live by. The Muslim so called religion is also their governing body and we have been infiltrated with Muslims in our Government sitting in Obama's appointments to his administration now. So please be careful for what you wish for. American Christian or Muslim Sharia?

    September 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Seanymcnasty

      Or....a secular/neutral society. The country was not founded on Christian beliefs. Read a book. Also, it's not about removing just Christianity, but about removing ALL religious doctrines from the inner-workings of our government. You have to be complete imbecile to think that Sharia law will ever be implemented in America. Both the Christian doctrine as well as the Muslim doctrine openly discriminate. Stop being a bigot and realize that religion has no place in a civil society.

      September 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • shamblin

      The United States is not a Christian nation. It never was meant to be. We're not supposed to be governed by Christianity or Islam or any other religion. We have a separation of church and state. So not letting Christianity guide our public policy doesn't make any other religion do it instead. Also, not all Muslims are governed by a Muslim government and there are no Obama appointees trying to slide Islam into public policy. You are being paranoid and misinformed.

      September 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • Edward

      DehelIjusread?

      September 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
    • Observer

      Mary,

      The most radical of the "Muslim so called religion" are actually following MANY of the same commands originally proclaimed by God. Read a Bible.

      September 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
      • barry

        get specific, liar. u r so sick, u r hysterical. u never, ever, get anything right

        September 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
        • Observer

          barry/faith/hharri,

          OOOOPS! You are WRONG as USUAL.

          “Whoever does any work on a holy day - put to death”
          “anyone who blasphemes - stone him.”
          “worship other gods - stone the guilty ones to death”
          “stubborn and rebellious son - stone him to death.”
          “man is found lying with a married woman - both of them shall die”
          “virgin engaged to another man and he lies with her - stone them to death”
          “Whoever strikes his father or his mother - put to death”
          "Anyone who says cruel things to his father or mother - put to death.”
          “anyone who curses his father or his mother - put to death”
          “man who commits adultery with another man's wife - they shall be put to death.”
          "man or woman who is a medium or a fortune-teller - stone them to death"

          From the Quran? Nope. From the Bible

          September 12, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
        • barry

          u r 2 dumb to c your mistake

          Sartre, admitted: “Everything is indeed permitted if God does not exist....
          Nor...are we provided with any values or commands that could legitimize our behavior” (1961, p. 485). The atheist and agnostic have absolutely no platform on which to stand to make moral or ethical distinctions—except as the result of purely personal taste. The mere fact that they concede the existence of objective evil is an unwitting concession there is a God Who has established an absolute framework of moral judgments.

          amen bro

          September 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
        • Observer

          barry,

          I just showed what a LIAR you are.

          Don't call someone a liar when the true LIAR is you. Grow up. There are standards on here and you don't follow them.

          If you can prove that I lied on anything, then do it. You have NEVER done so. Skip the "liar" comments when it's you.

          September 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
    • me

      So the Koran Mentions America? if that doesn't prove mohammad was a prophet, then I don't know what does.

      September 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
    • sam stone

      mary: what makes you think that islam is not every bit the religion as christianity, or judaism

      September 14, 2013 at 11:00 am |
  4. 1800churches

    great blog posting. thanks for giving us this information about six types of atheists. everyone people have faith on their religion. i am christian and have solid faith on Jesus and also provide help to others to connect to church community if anyone want to do this.

    September 12, 2013 at 3:11 am |
  5. NonNun

    One one hand, I was quite impressed that CNN is actually putting an article about the diverse and brilliant groups of godless people in the western world (and their prominent spokespeople) on the "Belief Blog" page. On the other hand, I am struck by what might be illustrated by the fact that CNN refers at the end of the photo gallery above to the 'Born Again' Celebrities page being a "Related" page to this one. Do you think someone at CNN might be missing the point?

    September 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
  6. GrumpyMel

    I fall under category 3 and it actualy ticks me off when people try to lump that under the name "athiest" or "disbeliever". Being an agnostic is distinctly different from being an atheiest. Answering "I don't know" is an honest, completely valid and distinctly different from answering "no".

    In terms of science and logic the answers "There isn't sufficient data to form a conclusion", "This hasn't been tested" or "This in untestable at this time" are very, very different from "This has been tested and shown to be false." It annoys me to no end when people try to conflate those concepts.

    September 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
  7. rbty

    Big ol' sorry to everyone here if this ? already got posted, but do any of the atheists here think it's funny that we are called 'atheists'? The label literally presupposes the existence of a god that we are simply without. Privately, I consider myself simply rational – no ist or ism makes sense in labeling someone who has no belief in the supernatural – and I think of my believing acquaintances as 'supernaturalists' – an umbrella label which encompasses any flavor of belief. But, out of deference to the inevitability of the social calculus that says the majority usually gets to make up the names and out of old-fashioned politeness, I accept the label when used by others and don't make a fuss.

    September 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
    • NonNun

      rbty: Indeed... "rational thinker" or "reasoner" is a far more fitting term. Will that word ever be applied as it should? Maybe it will, right around the same time that the Christian entries here don't outnumbers all others by ten to one.

      September 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
    • Katie

      Look up the ministry of Heidi Baker. This is a woman who runs an orphanage in Africa. She goes to the remote villages and visits with people, at the end of the day she requests to meet a person from that village who is deaf and/or blind, makes sure that everyone has always known them to be this way (in a small village it's not that difficult.) She and the kids from her orphanage then pray over that person and he or she gets healed instantly. It has been captured on video, and proven by the doctors. Try telling her that God does not exist. He has healed hundreds in front of her eyes.

      If you want the proof of God don't sit at home and browse the internet for answers, go to the nearest healing revival and see for yourself. God is not going to stop performing miracles just because an unbeliever will be there. We, the Christians, tell you the truth because we care about you. The consequences of your unbelief are extremely harsh, but if you believe you can reap the benefits starting today. If only for the simple fact that someone loves you no matter what you've ever done or said. No human can do that.

      October 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  8. TripleH2000

    The Study failed to address the other issue which is Agnostics and even Atheists who do believe in an Afterlife, but no God. Category 6 implies that most Atheists (aside from Buddhists) believe in no Afterlife, and while generally true this is not always the case.. Aside from certain Buddhist sects who believe in no God, but some form of an Afterlife the category of Agnostics and Atheists who believe in an Afterlife and may or may not be Materialists needs to be included. For the Agnostic category this is easier since in general Agnositcs are willing to keep an open mind, but there are non Buddhist Atheists who do believe in an Afterlife and are not strict Materialists. For example, what would the study call somebody who believes in the "God like" Aliens of 2001 A Space Odyssey, but is not religious? The category of Atheists who believe in an Afterlife needs to be better covered along with non Materialist Atheism. Personally, I am a Theist, but it is important to get the topology right because not all Atheists are Materialist and deny an Afterlife.

    September 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • Edwin

      I suppose this might include my brother, who believed that we are merely a physical embodiment of a speck of the universal essence, that when we die it gets rejoined with the universe. Our personalities, or thoughts and memories – all of that is cast aside, but our essence is reunited with the infinite pool.

      September 10, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      You're right, an atheist can believe in an afterlife (my brother is an atheist and believes in ghosts), but I disagree with the alien analogy. The aliens in 2001 were just much more advanced than humans. One can be an absolute 100% materialist atheist and believe in advanced alien life.

      September 11, 2013 at 8:51 am |
  9. DC

    For this study ... how did 6 groups of Atheist include non-atheists? ... or at least, please define atheism and then define agnosticism? This seems quite un-orthodox (atheistic orthodoxy and agnostic orthodoxy) to mix the two. Perhaps this micro study needs to be renamed? And re-published for clarity. [Religious people should be laughing here]

    September 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  10. barbara morrissey

    I am agnostic because I think no human can claim to have what it takes to understand God, much less claim to tell others what makes God tick.IMO The universe from the smallest quark to the largest chunk of deep space is too much for any human to claim to comprehend, and that includes how it came to be, if it really "IS",and above all how much force(war, persecutions, laws) we should use to make others think like us.I trust that one day, or many days, or eons, I might come to encounter the Who or What ever, and my faith is that it/he/she/ they are not malevolent. "Dust sparkling before the Sun" comforts me.I don't see eye to eye with angry condemning ideologues no matter what they believe about this serious and humorous issue

    September 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • Ellen Rowan

      Good statement. Thanks.

      September 11, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  11. Nick

    Trying to categorize like this is pretty silly. I don't see any distinct boundaries being drawn there. I've been an atheist most of my life, and I fall into all 6 of those categories. These divisions you have drawn seem much more like an astrological horoscope.

    September 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • Colleen

      Everyone needs a senior thesis... you think it's silly but anthropologists live for this stuff. It makes their "science" more... acceptable.

      September 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Edwin

      It has practical value. The more recognition that atheists have, the more theists who are genuinely interested in atheism – the more atheists will become accepted and not viewed as the enemy.

      Atheists are no more a monolithic block of beliefs or viewpoints than Christians or Muslims. Category studies like this one help clarify that fact to those who would otherwise not know.

      September 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
  12. Nate

    I'd love to see the 6 types of theists.
    1. Those indoctrinated and unwilling to alter their "self".
    2. The prejudice. Very similar to #1 but includes hate.
    3. Those in fear of god's loving hellfire. They often believe their internal dialogue is Satan.
    4. The ignorant. Very similar to #3 but not capable of understand the hypocricy.
    5. The self righteousness. I'm am the glory and the light of the Lord! Yay me!
    6. The hopeless. Life sucks and I deserve better than this.

    September 10, 2013 at 11:39 am |
    • John

      how about number 7? 7. perfectly nice people who are acceptant of others and hold to their beliefs as ways to express better treatment of their fellow human beings. Your list is just another type of religious bigotry.

      September 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Jim

      LOVE THIS!

      September 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • JosephS

      Nate clearly falls into group 4.

      September 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
      • Edwin

        Nicely put. I truly think he is unaware of how much irrational intolerance his post conveys... like most zealots, he probably thinks HE is the reasonable one.

        September 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
  13. Brenda

    Well, if God does not exist, let us do away with Holiday Break, aka Christmas, Spring break, aka Easter, and the bonus' and days off associated with these events. Funny how I do not see anyone turning down gifts and pay for these holidays. So you are not only atheists, you are also hypocrites, if you took time off or accepted any pay for these days.

    September 10, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • rbty

      Kind of a good point, but it's pretty much irrefutably true that all of our Christian holidays were co-opted from much more ancient-y celebrations stemming from equally super-ancient naturalistic belief systems, so the argument could be made that we're ALL taking a break to observe the bred-in-the-bone human connection to the world's rhythm of plenty and dearth. We sacrifice and go hungry in the spring (waiting for the harvest and the herds that come with it) and we feast in the fall and the winter cause the reserves in the coffers will just go bad anyhoo, so might's well. The fact that various belief systems have ritualized and customized these celebrations over the ages is a big so-what.

      It could also be said that ALL us Americans are big fat hypocrites if we celebrate 'Thanksgiving', a holiday born in plenty AND in blood, but who doesn't like a stuffed-full turkey and a shiny cylinder of Ocean Spray???

      September 10, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • Edwin

        Count me in for the turkey, but not so much on the cranberries...

        But on a serious note, who said that Christmas and Easter must be religious holidays? I have celebrated them all my life – they are part of my country's traditions as well as my family's traditions – but in no way are they religious. Not to me, at least. They are wonderful secular holidays that coincide with Christian holidays.

        ...well, not quite. There *is* an element of the mysterious divine holiness in some of the most beautiful Christmas carols. Sort of a shimmery glow of wonder, a glimpse at something deeply sacred – a communal moment of shared spiritual serenity. I guess that puts me in category #6, then – I don't believe, but I value that sacred wonderment.

        September 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
        • rbty

          'Sacred wonderment' ... best definition ever for that human urge to express awe. Thanks Edwin – I WILL be borrowing that phrase. I love the Christmas carols too, and the trees and the lights. And I can't imagine having missed out on decorating eggs with my granddaughter and watching her discover the Easter basket someone left on the front porch.

          pah rum pa pum pum.

          September 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
    • Jeff

      I would turn down all gifts and paid time off to minimize religious intrusion in my life. Brenda, please start whatever process you're thinking of to make this happen. Let us know when you're done. Thanks so much.

      September 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
      • John

        Say Halleluiah!!

        September 10, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
      • Jim

        I agree Jeff, I would give up much to live in a world free of religion.

        September 10, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • Judy

      It's not that we don't turn down gifts and days off work at Easter and Christmas. Rather, it's that the country doesn't respect Atheism. Therefore, our children see other children getting gifts, from Santa. So, we give our children gifts, from Santa. We don't celebrate the birth of Christ, or his death and return, as Christians do. They close down our work places, during these holidays and we are not welcome to stay at work, since we aren't even recognized as a people. Please give consideration to this theory over your own, which I feel is completely biased.

      September 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
      • Jim

        when I was a kid I was taught that Atheist were devil worshipers and I misunderstood the Pledge, I thought it said "for witches stand:"

        September 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
    • mikeroberts1213

      Christmas.....was a pagan holiday long before it was "Chistmas". I am sure the same was true of Easter. When you consider all of the wars and heinous crimes committed in the name of "God", you have to wonder – what kind of God – are we dealing with? I don't believe any of the God Crap....or Holy Land either.

      September 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
      • Edward

        Easter was originally a pagan celebration for the goddess of fertility, Ester, who has the symbolic feature of fertility in the form of the ovum, or egg. Get it?

        September 11, 2013 at 7:11 am |
    • LR

      I love the fact that you fail to recognize that Christmas isn't a Christian holiday. So even Christians work on the Birthday of Baby Jesus.

      Jesus was born in spring....even the Biblcal story acknowledges that.

      September 11, 2013 at 8:39 am |
  14. The Fladaboscan

    Wrong. Agnostics are not atheists, in fact the two beliefs are opposite. Atheists state that there is no god while agnostics claim one cannot know if there is a god or not.

    What would make me so special that I would know there is no god? How could I possibly know that?

    Why would a god make the truth about the universe and afterlife known through texts that are thousands of years old, translated, edited, added to and interpreted? Why would it not be so obvious there would be no debate? And how does getting a degree in 'divinity' (rofl) make you smart enough to know what god is or what god wants?

    It's one more time Andy Rooney got things right.

    September 10, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • Bud Lee

      Are you agnostic about pink dragons living in Siberia? Or do you not believe they exist? It is not arrogance that drives atheism but a reasoned look at the facts surrounding belief.

      As for the books that have been around so long so have the stories of Zeus but I am guessing you don't believe them either. We are all atheist. I just choose to not believe in one more god than you do.

      September 10, 2013 at 11:58 am |
      • GrumpyMel

        No offense but "Pink dragons in serbia" is a rather testable concept. We know pretty much what would fit that definition, where to look for them and how we could go about looking. How would you test for something that is so far beyond the human minds capacity to understand that we may not be able to even define it let alone recognize it even were it standing in front of us?

        For a more concrete example, imagine 2 dimensional creatures trying to understand a 3 dimensional object. Such an object likely wouldn't make any sense to those 2 dimensional creatures, it really wouldn't make much sense in terms of the universe they understood. It would be very difficult to conceptualize, recognize and test for. Now embody that object with sentience, the ability to shape that 2 dimensional universe and the will to be percieved only on terms of it's own chosing for reasons of it's own understanding.

        Agnostics generaly aren't individuals who refuse to dismiss fairy tales. They are individuals who recognize the limitations of the human mind, even through the scientific process to fully understand the Universe and the possability of things which can exist outside that understanding.

        September 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • sam stone

      agnosticism and atheism are not mutually exclusive. one deals with knowledge, the other with belief

      September 10, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
    • Pottering

      Fladaboscan claims, re Atheists, "What would make me so special that I would know there is no god? How could I possibly know that?". Most people are comfortable denying the existence of things that a) make no sense and b) have never been shown to exist despite thousands of years of some people claiming they do. There is not "special", it's just common sense.

      September 11, 2013 at 7:31 am |
  15. RFW

    Is it just me or are our two researchers from the University of Tennessee doing little more than superimposing some sort of broader personality types to the individuals who they identified as 'atheists'? I immediately wonder if a group of devout islamist researchers with access to soft funding to study 'those inscrutable Christians types' wouldn't likely come up with 6 similar divisions. I am however probably easily dismissed as just a simple minded anti-theist for suggesting this.

    September 10, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • Edwin

      No, what motivates you is a deep distrust in academic research, especially in the field of sociology. My guess is that you also dismiss most Psychology research unless it agrees with your own personal views. Maybe even medical research, I don't know.

      The desire to categorize is natural, and probably has little to do with the spiritual beliefs of these researchers. They might have done a similar study on Christians, or even Muslims... or perhaps they could not get funding for such a study.

      I do question how thorough their results are, if they only questioned 59 people. That is pretty small set, even for case study research.

      September 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
  16. ad2013

    Again...who cares what hollywood believes! We are asking people who spend half their time in a dream land what we should believe? Nonsense! Go ask your Great-grandparents! You'll get a better response.

    September 10, 2013 at 10:08 am |
  17. Jason D

    My true description is one I put on myself, in my case I call myself an alpha deus, meaning 'primary God', or a little more querky 'number one God'.

    I believe in a God, an ultimate creator, whether its a human like creator, alien with 10 arms, process under self control or galactic farmer spreading the seeds of all life with none considered the most important.

    It covers the inner moral compass whose rules I live by, the lack of belief of a human created, human rang for human leaders and human depositors religion from any time in the past present or future.

    It governs respect for other life forms, whether mammals, birds, insects, trees, grass or ameba's.

    I don't kill, I don't exploit, I don't consider myself better then anyone else and I respect my beliefs and those of others who follow the same path to their creator or end.

    The hatred allowed to be heaped on none religious followers can be as extreme as on each other even though by far the majority of none religious believers are none violent and so much death caused by religious followers throughout history.

    It seems that to believe without having another take the right to demand your servitude and wield your hand against others is less religious then any animal that doesn't even understand the idea of religion

    September 10, 2013 at 9:36 am |
  18. Jason D

    WOW...59 interviews, well that covers a lot of the population...as an agnostic I feel well covered...like the emperors new clothes....this is disrespectful to all none believers of religion or God.

    Almost as disrespectful as the ignorant bunch who think an agnostic and an atheist are one and the same.

    September 10, 2013 at 9:19 am |
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