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October 08, 2013
Repost: Fragile Trappings
[Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This...
August 18, 2013
Ingersoll Sunday: On Divorce
In 1889, a literary magazine called the North American Review solicited essays on the question...
July 01, 2013
The Sunday Assembly Comes to New York
This past weekend, the Sunday Assembly, an atheist congregation that got its start in the...
June 16, 2013
Ingersoll Sunday: Eight Hours Must Come
I've been reading The Great Agnostic, Susan Jacoby's biography of Robert Ingersoll, which has only...
January 24, 2013
No Greater Power
When you arise from the abyssal depths of self-chosen slavery, when you step out from...
October 24, 2012
As you probably know by now, my friend Greta Christina was diagnosed with cancer last...
October 22, 2012
Book Review: The Swerve
Summary: The compelling true story of the Renaissance humanists who rescued Greek and Roman philosophy...
August 20, 2012
Why I Am An Atheist Activist
If you're not already, you should be reading Surly Amy's ongoing post series asking men...
August 17, 2012
The Calgary Secular Church
Editor's Note: Please welcome Korey Peters, who's written a guest post about an atheist organization...
August 12, 2012
Weekend Coffee: August 12
There's a lot of news this week: • Two examples of humanism in action: Charles...
December 22, 2011
Happy Winter Solstice!
Happy winter solstice, everyone! As you doubtless already know, today is the shortest and darkest...
December 15, 2011
Do We Need More Humanist Chaplains?
I wanted to highlight this excellent post on JT's blog about the rewards of activism:...
October 26, 2011
Governing by the Happiness Index
I've often written about the moral system I advocate, which I've dubbed universal utilitarianism. Although...
September 30, 2011
The Contributions of Freethinkers: Wole Soyinka
I wasn't familiar with Wole Soyinka, the first African author ever to win the Nobel...
September 06, 2011
How to Create (Not Find) the Meaning of Your Life
Guest post by Samantha Eliza Benten A friend recently paraphrased a statement from The Nature...
June 09, 2011
The Value of Autonomy
I've been following this debate between Ross Douthat and Kevin Drum about the morality of...
April 15, 2011
Another World Creeps In
I'm an atheist, in part, because I'm a moral person. When I first read the...
December 25, 2010
An Atheist’s Yule Sermon
I woke up at 3 AM earlier this week to see the lunar eclipse. Dressing...
November 17, 2010
This Holiday Season, Consider Atheism!
I was happy to read that this week that atheist groups are launching a new...
August 13, 2010
The Contributions of Freethinkers: Gene Roddenberry
As a wedding present to ourselves, my wife and I bought the DVDs of the...
June 23, 2010
Thoughts on the Occasion of My Marriage
If you're a regular reader, you probably know that I got married last month. Until...
May 23, 2010
A Life More Magical
By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie) The most magical Christmas I can remember happened when I...
March 19, 2010
What Is Humanism?
I've written on the meanings of freethought and secularism, and in the third entry of...
February 22, 2010
A Profile in Nonbelief: Roger Ebert
Most Americans have heard of the movie critic and writer Roger Ebert. But what most...
January 13, 2010
An Appeal for Haiti
We now interrupt your regularly scheduled flame war for this important announcement. As everyone has...
December 12, 2009
Weekly Link Roundup
For the holiday season, some goodies this weekend: • First up, some music for the...
November 25, 2009
The Lesson of Autumn Leaves: A Humanist Sermon
November is a good month for poetry. Most great poetry is about transience, and with...
November 23, 2009
A Sense of Kinship
This past summer, I was visiting the New York Botanical Gardens when serendipity struck: this...
October 19, 2009
In Honor of Terry Pratchett
I should have mentioned this story much earlier, but better late than never. If you're...
August 05, 2009
Getting a Philosophy Under Your Feet
I recently read a Christian book that's more interesting than the usual anti-atheist apologetics: Not...
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