A Humanist can make a case that ‘spirituality’ is nothing other than ‘physicality.’ And one way to make the case is with yoga. The body-mind connection was discovered many thousands of years ago in India, and yoga emerged as a physical-spiritual practice that purported to join body and brain together with the incorporeal Mind of all existence, also known as The All. It’s possible that the body was the reason anyone ever got the idea that there’s something called The… Read more

Humanists always have occasion for religious literacy, and often Humanists know more about religion than religious practitioners themselves. For instance, most Humanists will know what Feng Shui is. The words feng shui in Chinese mean literally wind and water, though it’s anyone’s guess how wind and water link to the ancient custom of geomancy, which is what feng shui is. Geomancy is the practice of arranging items in their best possible locations and positions. Should this village go here or… Read more

The word ‘cult’ is never benign in religious terminology as it is in the world of art, where Johnny Stonenoggin filmster extraordinaire may cult-ivate a cult following for his eccentricity in artistry. Eccentricity in religion, if recent, is rarely welcomed with approving nods. And when eccentricity is welcomed by followers of a novel religion, those followers never designate the new religion as a cult. Such is the denigrating power of the word cult for religion. Oddness in an ancient religion… Read more

For your own self-designation, begin with the broadest most relevant category and call yourself a Humanist. This classification encompasses all others. After the word Humanist you may add your preferred subset label: Humanist Muslim, Humanist Christian, Humanist Buddhist, Humanist Atheist, Humanist Agnostic. It is important that these subset terms do not precede the word Humanist. We are Humanists first, and what we are after that is secondary or tertiary or even further down the line. We are Humanists first because… Read more

People should read what scholars say is the very first story ever written about Jesus. It was offered in the gospel of Mark late in the first century. Every Humanist should at least read the the first chapter to see what all the fuss is about. So here is it, with a fresh rendering in the American idiom: Chapter One of the Gospel of Mark The good news has already started about Jesus, who is none other than the liberator,… Read more

In the Pope’s recent dream, the Pope sat with leaders from all religions in a darkly lit ballroom.  There were thousands of clerics, ministers, ecclesiastics, prophets, preachers, priests, monks, mystics, lamas, nuns, rabbis, holy men, holy women, spiritual models all. All in religious garb. All were at round tables seating ten or twelve. Many smoked rolled tobacco or water pipes. Some sipped spirits. A thick murky haze hung over the crowd. The room was lit solely by a spotlight fixed… Read more

In a recent dream, the Pope saw Creation in the act. Ten million angels standing at ten million drafting tables were drawing away! The Pope glided over them all and saw blueprints for gaseous orbs, bulging planets, tectonic plates, stones and boulders, worms and fishes and bees and black bears and leaves and trees and sand and humanoids, and everything. God sat idly by on a nearby throne. There was a master engineer, a foreman angel, rushing along, stopping at… Read more

Akhenaten was a 14th-century BCE Egyptian Pharaoh. He is considered by many to be the first monotheist in history. Below is a translated entry from his recently discovered diary, originally scratched onto Egyptian reed with a delicate and decorative hand. This entry seems to suggest a significant defect introduced into monotheism at its earliest stage: Nile Delta, Egypt Fall 1330 Sunday Dear Diary I got the pharaohship through the bloodline, and like the bloodlines up and down my bowed legs,… Read more

Here is an excerpt from a translation of the recently unearthed Diary of Buddha, scratched onto leaves of grass some 2500 years ago by an exact and lavish hand. This entry seems to come just shortly before a historic decision to allow females into the Sangha. North India Fall 503 Tuesday Dear Diary I found out today that people can see through the monks’ robes, and that’s unfortunate because sunlight silhouettes the monks’ personals and the local women from whom… Read more

Here’s a third excerpt from the recently discovered Diary of Moses, originally scratched onto sheep’s skin in a steady, ornamental hand. Sinai  Desert Spring 1232  BCE Wednesday Dear Diary, I have anger issues. I’m a felon, a murderer from way back, as many of the oldest people in Egypt might recall. Some forty-plus winters ago by now, when I saw that lout abusing my kind, my kin at the kiln baking bricks, I wanted to un-seam the oaf from his belly… Read more




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