20 Most Popular Atheism Blogs

by Luke Muehlhauser on November 29, 2010 in News,Resources

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(Updated November 29, 2010.)

Here are the most popular atheism blogs according to Alexa Rankings. (Using the 3 month average. Alexa Rankings are not available for some popular sites, like Pharyngula. In these cases, I’ve used proxy measures to estimate their position on the list.)

I have not included atheism blogs that do not regularly post articles, for example Jesus and Mo and Atheist Media Blog and Venganza. I have also not included blogs that only rarely post about atheism, even if they are written by atheists (for example Greg Laden and five feet of fury and Cynical-C).

  1. Pharyngula (P.Z. Myers) – estimated rank
  2. Friendly Atheist (Hemant Mehta) – 64,251
  3. Unreasonable Faith (Daniel Florien) – 99,768
  4. Common Sense Atheism (Luke Muehlhauser) – 121,189
  5. Debunking Christianity (John W. Loftus) – 142,187
  6. The Freethinker – 219,106
  7. Atheist Revolution (vjack) – 221,366
  8. Stupid Evil Bastard (Les Jenkins) – 239,770
  9. Greta Christina – 248,419
  10. Vridar (Neil Godfrey) – 251,645
  11. Daylight Atheism (Adam Lee) – 321,809
  12. About Agnosticism/Atheism (Austin Cline) – estimated rank
  13. The Thinking Atheist – estimated rank
  14. New Humanist – estimated rank
  15. American Atheists – estimated rank
  16. ExChristian – estimated rank

Which blogs did I miss? Which other atheistic, article-focused blogs have an Alexa Ranking under 400,000? (Measure it here.)

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Reginald Selkirk December 15, 2009 at 6:15 am

Who did I miss?

You missed the ‘m.’ Whom did I miss.

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John D December 15, 2009 at 8:07 am

Skepchick has become very much a multi-author forum, as far as I know.

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Charles December 15, 2009 at 8:16 am

Dale McGowan’s site is pretty popular though, I can’t figure out how to get numbers only for his blog.

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John D December 15, 2009 at 11:04 am

Charles,

Stats for Dale McGowan’s site can be found here:

http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/parentingbeyondbelief.com

It has a ranking over 1 million, assuming I’m reading it correctly. But yeah, it doesn’t seem to isolate the blog-part.

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smittypap December 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm

richarddawkins.net perhaps?

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Ryan December 15, 2009 at 8:04 pm

*** Clears throat loudly and conspicuously ***

http://aigbusted.blogspot.com

lol.

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lukeprog December 15, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Ah, yes. Thanks John D.

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lukeprog December 15, 2009 at 9:13 pm

McGowan’s AR traffic ranking is around 4 millionth. Everyone on this list is lower than 500,000th.

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lukeprog December 15, 2009 at 9:33 pm

smittypap,

Yeah, I’m not sure that blog ever posts articles, which is one of my criteria as stated above…

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lukeprog December 15, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Ryan,

Your AR rank is over 1 million. Everybody on this list has a traffic rank under 500,000.

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smittypap December 15, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Fair enough. How about whywontgodhealamputees.com/blog?

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Charles December 15, 2009 at 10:32 pm

lukeprog: McGowan’s AR traffic ranking is around 4 millionth. Everyone on this list is lower than 500,000th.  

So smaller number are … better. Got it.

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John W. Loftus December 16, 2009 at 3:33 am

Here’s one I look in on from time to time:

God is for Suckers.

But I see it has a ranking of 800,000 +

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John D December 16, 2009 at 4:57 am

Just had a thought,

What about Ophelia Benson’s site? That seems to have a rating under 500,000.

http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/butterfliesandwheels.com

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lukeprog December 16, 2009 at 6:05 am

smittypap,

That’s a tough one. Their AR ranking for the whole site is 404,000. I wonder how much of their traffic is to the main site, and how much to the blog?

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Ophelia Benson December 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Butterflies and Wheels is in the list – I’m happy to say!

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lukeprog December 18, 2009 at 12:57 am

Hi, Ophelia.

Keep up the good work!

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Jacob Fortin December 18, 2009 at 9:59 am

Actually, my site “The Good Atheist” dot net is ranked higher than 500k, and my podcast has about 4k listeners per episode. Trying to climb the ranks!

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BlaspheminCapn December 18, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I humbly submit Blasphemes.blogspot.com

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Jaakko Wallenius December 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Alexa gives the position 227 557. for my blogs Atheist News at http://atheistnews.blogs.fi and Being Human at http://beinghuman.blogs.fi, but I freely admit that is because the whole blogs.fi -domain is counted, but at least I got the change to plug them, did I not!
In the same vein I want to point out that there is a Ning-community ingeniously called The Atheist Bloggers in http://atheistbloggers.ning.com

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Enlightenment December 18, 2009 at 6:06 pm
lukeprog December 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Jacob Fortin,

The 7 day says 900,000 ranking…

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lukeprog December 18, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Enlightenment,

No articles on that one, just links.

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lukeprog December 31, 2009 at 9:09 am

Original list, most popular on December 14th:

Pharyngula (PZ Myers)
Friendly Atheist (Hemant Mehta)
Unreasonable Faith (Daniel Florien)
About Agnosticism/Atheism (Austin Cline)
American Atheists
Atheist Revolution (vjack)
The Freethinker
Skepchick
Common Sense Atheism (Luke Muehlhauser)
Greta Christina
Butterflies and Wheels
Daylight Atheism (Ebonmuse)
Debunking Christianity (John Loftus)
Skeptico
Open Parachute
Atheist Planet
Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?
New Humanist

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Pete December 31, 2009 at 10:33 am

I’m pretty sure I’m not the sole reason for Loftus moving up but I have been frequenting his site quite often over the past 2 weeks! Good stuff there….and here I might add….

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John W. Loftus December 31, 2009 at 10:49 am

Luke, I wrote a post about how to increase one’s traffic recently and took my own advice. I posted 155 times last month. The closest month to this in my blog history was 72.

And I have another piece of advice. Conduct a poll among the top ranked bloggers for who is the most vocal atheist and they’ll send in their hordes. ;-)

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lukeprog December 31, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Lol, John.

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vjack January 1, 2010 at 6:30 am

Thanks for the mention and link. I’m happy to be in such good company and just hope I can live up to expectations.

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Jim Turner January 1, 2010 at 7:15 am

The Atheist Examiner:
http://www.examiner.com/x-2044-Atheism-Examiner
Alexa rank: 518

There’s also a blog at Atheist Nexus which is pretty popular.

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lukeprog January 1, 2010 at 8:54 am

Jim Turner,

The 518 rank is the rank for the Examiner site, not the atheist examiner blog in particular. Given certain proxies (for example, Google Reader subscribers: 6), it’s not popular enough to make this list.

There isn’t a central blog at Atheist Nexus is there? It looks like just certain members have their own blogs.

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Jim Lippard January 1, 2010 at 10:42 am

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Ian January 6, 2010 at 8:20 am

My website Ian’s Brain is ranked 268,626 in the U.S.. Globally it’s 929,449. I talk about atheist stuff most of the time but my main atheism site is The Damned. http://thedamned.iansbrain.com. Check it out.

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John W. Loftus January 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I’m having a bit of trouble with the way Jim Lippard ranks atheist blogs. For instance, I don’t know what word he searches for to retrieve the Google Page number that our blogs first appear on. While my blog is an atheist one I don’t actually use that word much on my blog. And since I get spammed a lot I don’t allow backlinks to be shown on my blog either. Besides, I don’t know why backlinks should have anything to do with rankings because rankings should depend on the number of hits, not the number of backlinks. Surely some blogs could have many backlinks by lonely blogs which do not garner that many hits, whereas other blogs with fewer backlinks by popular blogs could produce many hits. And there are whole columns with N/A’s listed for all of us, which should just be removed. So the most reliable ways to rank our sites is through Alexa Rank and Alexa Reach. Luke uses Alexa Rank so that should be as good as it gets. If Luke ranks us monthly then he should use the monthly rankings, and say so. If Luke ranks us every three months then he should use the three month rankings, and say so. But as it stands I don’t trust Jim Lippard’s site to tell us of our rankings, that is, unless he can supply more information about it and answer my questions sufficiently.

Cheers.

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Neil C. Reinhardt January 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I see the author of the “Stupid Evil Bastard” site is, from his comments on Iraq, Bush, etc. a just another Clueless Clod member of the Loony Left.

Just another Atheist who may use logic & critical thought when considering subjects of gods / religion. And who then totally LOSES the same abilities when it comes to the Iraq War and/or some (many?) other issues.

Yep, just another Atheist who, I will bet, wonders just how can the Programmed Robots of the Religious Right just refuse to learn, and/or Deny the MANY facts which PROVE Evolution is a Fact and Homosexuals are born.

Who, at the same time, either Refuses to Learn and/or Denies the MANY, MANY FACTS which more than PROVE the Iraq War is Both FULLY JUSTIFIED & a Very NECESSARY part of World Wide War on Terrorists who have been killing us and our friends for over 30 years,

I PITY him and all others of his irrational. illogical, unknowledgeable & self-deluded
ilk of fools. They seem to live in some world where their infinite Ignorance on some subjects is not surpassed by their Astronomical Arrogance they have the slightest clue.

And Children, if any of you are so foolish as to believe you can PROVE, with REAL FACTS I am wrong, I sure welcome you to give it a try!

religionsucks@webtv.net

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Neil C. Reinhardt January 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

For an over 25,000 hits a day non-Atheist subject blog BY an Atheist, has Atheist contributors and who sometimes comments on religious matters, methinks you should list Eugene Volokh’s Blog.

“The Volokh Conspiracy”

http://volokh.com/

And while Cliff no longer “blogs’ his website Positive Atheism is a Great resource every Atheist who cares about the Freedom of, and From Religion should book mark.

http://www.positiveatheism.org/

PS Both of the above Atheists (and Friends) are “Super Brains” who ALSO Fully support the Iraq War. (But then, they are both a whole bunch more intelligent, informed & more logical than most.)

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Laura January 14, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I’m at a 1,111,000 something! This must be new! :D

http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/Redheadedskeptic.com?p=tgraph&r=home_home

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Neil C. Reinhardt January 14, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Laura,

Something I’ve been drinking for over 12 years which really works well at both speeding the healing and reducing the pain of dental problems is NONI JUICE! As there are over 300 brands you can find it at health food stores, Cosco, other stores and as an mlm product.

As with everything else the quality, quanity and price very. While what I drink costs more & less than others, I think it is the highest quality. IF I could not afford the one I drink now, I would be down at COSCO in a flash.

Even after more than 12 years, my results from noni are so remarkable, it still AMAZES ME! For one of MANY examples, I USED to have the Aches & Pains of old age until I was around 62 & started
drinking it. I NO longer suffer from them and have not for over 12 years. (I am now 75)

Being a RABID Atheist Activist, it is a Miracle when I call anything a “Miracle” and yet that is what I consider the immune boosting power of Noni Juice to be. It is NOT the Noni Juice which effectively treats and/or cures over 90 different medical problems, rather IT IS YOUR own BOOSTED Immune system which does it. (In it’s natural state, Noni has been very effectively used for OVER 5,000 years!)

P.S. While they are now dead, Atheists Richard Burton and Marlon Brando & Bert Lancaster could be on your list as well as Jack Nichelson and
Dennis Hopper.

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lukeprog January 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Neil,

Thanks, but Volokh rarely posts on atheism and Cliff’s site isn’t a blog, so they don’t qualify for this list, even though they’re great sites.

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Neil C. Reinhardt January 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Luke,

While it is True Eugene does not post “Atheist” things, as it a mostly a “Legal Issues” blog, he (and others) DO post on various religious issues and the law. I find reading such things to be both interesting and informative.

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Neil C. Reinhardt January 15, 2010 at 2:02 am

SORRY LUKE

A VC Blog Posting on Religion was made on
Jan. 13th, at 9:51 pm

http://volokh.com/

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Laura January 15, 2010 at 2:40 am

Thanks for the suggestion, Neil! I may have to send Steve out to find some for me (I can’t drive until I’m off the narcs!)

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Laura January 15, 2010 at 2:46 am

Goodness, Luke, it seems like every post of yours I read has people in the comments telling you how you missed everything! Haha, I think you did a great job!
Except next time, add me, even though I don’t come even close to qualifying! ;) hehe

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Neil C. Reinhardt January 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Hi Laura,

Thanks for your response.

IF you want know all the MANY great things noni Has done for me (aside from lowering both my Cholesterol Levels and Blood Pressure, taking the pain away and curing burns quickly, healing athletes foot in half the time and curing a toe nail fungus (which several years of prescribed medications did not) please e-me.

Noni not only is very effective on treating the insides & the outsides of our bodies, it does the same for all other mammals as well as animals, reptiles and birds.

Please see this generic website for a picture of a noni fruit, some of it’s history, and a little of the (much) research done on it.

http://www.noniresearch.com

This website has more information on Noni and you can also read and/or listen to various people’s experience of drinking and using Noni topically.

http://www.noni-is-good-for-you.com/

The following “store” has audio and video tapes, brochures, tri-folds, newspapers, books and CD’s. ALL of which are about Noni Juice.

http://www.nonitools.com

And LAURA, FYI, the first time Luke published this list, I told him he did good!

And I am fairly sure I thanked for his efforts. IF I did not, I do now.

So, THANK YOU LUKE!

For putting this list out and for updating it.

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Hermes February 3, 2010 at 12:15 am

Note, the Why Won’t God Heal Amputees? blog isn’t where the action is on that site. I haven’t even looked at it in months. It’s in the forums.

I’m actually surprised to see it on the list at all, as it doesn’t even appear as a link from the first page of the WWGHA site or on any blogroll I’m aware of.

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lukeprog February 3, 2010 at 12:49 am

Hermes. You’re probably right. All the traffic is in the forums.

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lukeprog February 3, 2010 at 12:49 am

Also, why the heck is Daylight Atheism so low?

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curious February 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Though they don’t seem to have a normal “blog” page, I follow: http://richarddawkins.net/feed.php

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Les March 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Wow. Not only am I surprised at being on this list at all, let alone in the top 10, but the trashing I take from Neil C. Reinhardt’s deft fingers leaves me amused as well.

To receive such a sound thrashing about being just another arrogant and ignorant member of the Loony Left for my criticisms of Bush and the justifications for the Iraq war by someone who then turns around and sings the praises of what is essentially an herbal supplement as though it were a cure for all your ills, well, it is an honor indeed.

As if your support of Bush and his needless war in Iraq weren’t enough to write you off for the idiot you clearly are, the fact that you promote woo-woo snake oil is enough to remove any doubts on the state of your sanity. The irony of being called “irrational, illogical, unknowledgeable & self-deluded” by someone who’s clearly guilty of the same brings a smile to my face.

I’ll stop here and not turn this thread into a flame war by responding to Mr. Reinhardt further on this site, but I did want to take a moment to express my pleasure at being included among such notable atheist blogs, many of which are daily reads for me and whom I admire greatly.

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lukeprog March 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Les,

FYI, Reinhardt has been banned from my blog, so he won’t be responding. :)

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Les March 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Probably for the best. I honestly wasn’t looking to turn this into a flame war, but I couldn’t resist responding.

Though he’s welcome to stop my place and amuse my regulars.

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george.w March 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Glad to see Les on the list: he’s a million-candlepower lighthouse of rationality. He is patient and fearless. He takes on the Society of the Confused wherever they appear, whether it’s WMDs, Scientology, Islam, right-wing Christianity, alt-med woo, you name it. W00T!

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Jim Lippard April 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm

John Loftus: “I’m having a bit of trouble with the way Jim Lippard ranks atheist blogs.”

For the record, I don’t rank atheist blogs or have a site that does so. The link I posted is not a site I run, manage, or maintain, just one I’ve come across.

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Alexandros Marinos April 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm

I’m having a bit of trouble with the way Jim Lippard ranks atheist blogs. For instance, I don’t know what word he searches for to retrieve the Google Page number that our blogs first appear on.

John, google’s PageRank is not a “page number that your blogs first appear on”. It is a keyword-independent authority measurement, the word ‘page’ derriving from Larry Page, Google founder. Google it. Also, Alexa is not terribly reliable and their toolbar users are, let’s say, not the most refined group on the Internets, which slants their results. (they do try to balance it, but there’s only so much you can do). So the best approach is to use multiple sources, as the atheistblogs list does. How these are balanced is an interesting question and there is room for other approaches I agree, but simply going with a single known-to-be-inaccurate source is definitely not the solution.

To Luke: This is my first comment here, I’d like to thank you for a truly excellent blog, I have no idea how you get the time to do all this, you should certainly somehow monetise it, you deserve it.

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Aaron May 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Should Blag Hag be on the list? Jen’s blog got a lot of attention thanks to Boobquake.

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Sabio Lantz May 12, 2010 at 2:45 am

If you increase your list to 50 (mimicing the Biblioblog list) I may get on the list — my Alexa rating today is 851,951 while your number 19 is 429,734.

But so much for the meaning of the Alexa rating !
;-)

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Doc Bunkum June 26, 2010 at 2:05 am

Neil C. Reinhardt:

IF you want know all the MANY great things noni Has done for me (aside from lowering both my Cholesterol Levels and Blood Pressure, taking the pain away and curing burns quickly, healing athletes foot in half the time and curing a toe nail fungus…

Neil, I have to ask, did you drink this stuff or soak your feet in it?

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Cooper Foster June 30, 2010 at 2:28 am

herbal supplements are more preffered because it is organic.;;-

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Inquiring Infidel September 4, 2010 at 4:56 am

Is there any reason why Blag Hag isn’t on the list? It’s currently at 184,519 (http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/blaghag.com). While Jen doesn’t post exclusively about atheism, she seems to do posts on atheism about as much as Skepchick.

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lukeprog September 4, 2010 at 5:27 am

Inquiring Infidel,

Ah, actually that reminds me that I should remove Skepchick because it doesn’t quite qualify. Mine is a narrow list, as you know. :)

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Camus Dude November 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

How can The Thinking Atheist be in the top 20? The last post is from April 2010!

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Camus Dude November 30, 2010 at 9:04 am

Of the top 20 atheist blogs, here are the ones I read, and how devoted I am to them:

1. Pharyngula (P.Z. Myers) – Google Reader/follow on Twitter
2. Friendly Atheist (Hemant Mehta) – Google Reader/follow on Twitter
3. Unreasonable Faith (Daniel Florien) – Google Reader/follow Twitter
4. Common Sense Atheism (Luke Muehlhauser) – Google Reader
5. Debunking Christianity (John W. Loftus) – Google Reader
7. Atheist Revolution (vjack) – read occasionally/follow on Twitter
11. Daylight Atheism (Adam Lee) – Google Reader
12. About Agnosticism/Atheism (Austin Cline) – read occasionally/follow on Twitter
14. New Humanist – read occasionally

Few of the other blogs I read occasionally, or subscribe to in my reader come close to these blogs in terms of content, frequency of updates, and, for lack of a better word than I can think up at the moment, interestingness.

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Martin November 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I went to most of these blogs, and typed “kalam” into the search box. This is one of the MOST popular arguments for the existence of God, and so a blog on atheism with thousands of posts I would imagine would at least mention it somewhere.

Hardly a single one had the word kalam anywhere on it.

Compare to Luke’s blog, who has done a whole series on it.

Therefore, I vote that Luke’s blog is the best!

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bo moore December 1, 2010 at 7:38 am

Thanks for the list, but what about new, up and coming atheist blogs?

http://www.ginarex-angerbydesign.blogspot.com
Based on book, Magical Thinking in America. Discusses Stone Age social organization (Old Testament psychopathology) that persists today in the U.S.; explores the origin of magical thinking and supernatural nonreality in brain evolution and its dominance in American life; and the consequent failure of contemporary leadership. And much more.

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