The End of the Road for the Humanist Symposium?

The 57th edition of the Humanist Symposium has been posted at Unequally Yoked (a great concept for a blog in its own right!). Go check it out, link to it if you see fit, and thank the host for all her fine work.With that said, I have to say a few words about the future of the Humanist Symposium. I started this carnival back in April 2007 because I believed, and still do believe, that there ought to be a more prominent platform for writing on humanism and the positive side of atheism. I'm … [Read more...]

The 39th Humanist Symposium

Welcome to the 39th edition of the Humanist Symposium! This is a blog carnival for atheists and agnostics with a mission: not considering yet more arguments for or against the existence of God, but taking that as settled, to demonstrate how nonbelievers find happiness and meaning in life, and how a rational perspective informs our view of moral issues. All of today's entries do a marvelous job of advancing that goal, so without further ado, let's get to them:First up, it's Chris Hallquist of … [Read more...]

The 113th Carnival of the Godless

Welcome, new visitors and regular readers, to the 113th edition of the Carnival of the Godless here at Daylight Atheism! I last hosted this gathering of the godless all the way back in July 2006, for its 44th edition, and nearly three years later, we're still going strong. In fact, the carnival has grown considerably - so much so that I decided to feature only one submission from each entrant, for the sake of brevity - but even so, the sheer scope of this post is a welcome testament to the … [Read more...]

The 30th Humanist Symposium

In the fireplace, the flames are burning down to embers, casting flickering patterns of light and shadow on the walls and the wreaths of holly and evergreen that hang there. Outside the windows, the last snowstorm of the year is flurrying down, burying the slumbering earth in a peaceful carpet of white. The falling snowflakes glitter in the dark like tiny stars as they fly past and catch the light from the dying fire.Most of the guests from the day's gathering have already departed, leaving … [Read more...]

The Humanist Symposium Needs Hosts

The next edition of the Humanist Symposium will appear tomorrow, Dec. 28, right here at Daylight Atheism (because I haven't hosted since the first one, and I don't see why you lot should have all the fun).But starting in the new year, our hosting schedule is wide open, and we need volunteers! If you have a blog of your own, please consider stepping up and doing your part to support the atheist and humanist community. First-time hosts are especially welcome, and it can be an excellent way to … [Read more...]

The Humanist Symposium: Inaugural Edition

It is a brilliant spring morning, and the first-ever gathering of the Humanist Symposium has convened here in the Garden at Daylight Atheism. The crowd of attendees has gathered in a natural clearing delineated at one end by a vast, ancient oak, its upper branches dappled gold in the sun, great weather-worn stones embedded in the ground among its roots, and flowering vines curling around its trunk. At the tree's foot, a wilderness of brilliant blue and red pansy violets grows wild in the grass, … [Read more...]

Some Items of Note

Following my earlier announcement, I'm now very pleased to announce that the Humanist Symposium now has hosts for its first seven editions, up through September 2. My sincere gratitude goes out to everyone who stepped up to volunteer!Also, the carnival home page, linked above, now offers some graphic logos thanks to Intergalactic Hussy, proprietor of The Atheist Jewish Zen Buddhist, who kindly volunteered her time and effort. Please feel free to download and use them to promote this carnival … [Read more...]

Announcing the Humanist Symposium

Welcome, friends, well-wishers and regular readers! I have something to tell you all about which I'm very excited. There's an issue that I've been mulling over for some time, and tonight I intend to announce its resolution.Specifically, I've been thinking about carnivals. The Carnival of the Godless, founded in March 2005 by Brent Rasmussen of Unscrewing the Inscrutable, is a wonderful forum for atheist writing and is still going strong. However, since that time there's been a proliferation of … [Read more...]

The 29th Carnival of the Liberals

Welcome, welcome, friends and fellow progressives, to the 29th edition of the Carnival of the Liberals! My name is Ebonmuse, my weblog is Daylight Atheism, and I'll be your guide on this tour of some of the best progressive political writing on the Internet.As the glow of our well-deserved victory in the American midterm elections slowly fades, we should be looking forward to the future. Tomorrow, America's new Democratic Congressional majority will be sworn in, and it's up to us to keep … [Read more...]

Return of the Carnival of the Liberals

On January 3, the Carnival of the Liberals will be returning to Daylight Atheism for its 29th edition. There's still plenty of time and plenty of space for submissions, so get writing and send in the very best of your unapologetically liberal thought! All topics are welcome, but I'll look with special favor on entries fitting any of the following criteria:With the results of the November midterm elections in, progressives have won a great victory in the United States. Now it's up to us to … [Read more...]


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