‘A Modern Inquisition’ by Dr. Jack Kevorkian

In 1994, Dr. Jack Kevorkian received the American Humanist Association’s “Humanist Hero Award.” At the AHA’s annual conference in Detroit that year, he gave the acceptance speech below (PDF). I’m reprinting an adapted version of it here, on the day of his own death at the age of 83. This is probably the first time [Read More...]

Goodbye to Jack Kevorkian

Dr. Jack Kevorkian died earlier today at the age of 83. He was known as “Dr. Death” to most of the public but “Dr. Dignity” to a lot of Humanists because of how he helped people end their lives on their own terms. “Somebody has to do something for suffering humanity,” Kevorkian once said. “I [Read More...]

Are There Resources for Atheist Widows?

I received an email from a recent widow — my heart goes out to her — and I’m hoping some of you might have a better response than anything I could come up with: I’m 44 years old and was widowed this month. My husband of two and a half years died of an infection. [Read More...]

Putting Together a Godless Funeral

Jon Canter‘s sister Rosemary died of cancer in March. In the last couple months of her life, she told Jon what she wanted her funeral to be like — neither she not Jon believe in a god, so it wasn’t the kind of funeral you’re used to seeing. But I think their decisions would make [Read More...]

We Don’t Have To Fear Death

There’s a question a lot of religious people have for atheists: “Are you afraid of death?” Since we don’t believe in an afterlife, are we ok with the notion that this life is it? Physicist Stephen Hawking was asked about death in an interview with The Guardian and answered the question beautifully: You had a [Read More...]


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