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June 30, 2015
San Francisco LGBTQI Pride: A Humanist Reflection
If you are anything like me, last Friday's SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality completely overwhelmed...
June 23, 2015
A Reason to Celebrate: An Incomplete List of Not-So-Holy Days
For some reason, when I first became an atheist, I began distancing myself from rites...
April 07, 2015
Is atheism about Civil Rights?
My latest for The Daily Beast went up yesterday. Is atheism about Civil Rights? In part because...
December 19, 2014
Atheists can be fundamentalists, but not “atheist fundamentalists”
This week, Chris Stedman’s Faitheist column featured a fascinating debate over whether or not atheists...
December 03, 2014
Is there room for the spiritual in humanism?
At a launch party for a new local coffee shop a few nights ago—the kind...
December 01, 2014
When is civility appropriate?
Over at Temple of the Future, fellow Patheos blogger James Croft has a few notes about civility...
November 10, 2014
Atheists who experience discrimination identify more strongly as atheists
At The Pacific Standard, Tom Jacobs discusses recent research on how atheist identity is affected by experiences...
October 22, 2014
Chis Stedman and Reza Aslan on experiences shared by Atheists and Muslims
In light of the recent controversy between Sam Harris and Ben Affleck on Bill Maher’s...
October 02, 2014
The problems with “ethical” meat
A common response to my post about why atheists should be vegans is that it's...
September 24, 2014
Keith DeRose on knowing whether or not God exists
At The New York Times's "The Stone" blog, Gary Gutting, a professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame,...
September 17, 2014
Football, big hits, and dualism
In The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates reflects on his decision two years ago to boycott football in the wake...
September 15, 2014
The case for flexitarianism
A few days ago, our beloved editor Vlad Chituc posted a piece about why atheists...
September 09, 2014
Why atheists should be vegans
Factory farming causes extreme, unnecessary harm to animals. The benefit we get from animal products...
September 06, 2014
NPS weekend reads, vol. 1
Welcome to the first installment of NPS Weekend Reads. Each Saturday morning we'll collect a...
September 04, 2014
Social justice, from “firebrand” to “faitheist”
Social justice has always been a pressing issue for the faitheist crowd, partnering with religious...
September 03, 2014
“Slaughterhouse-Five” and the power of allegories
Allegories are powerful. By prodding readers toward specific conclusions without making the case for them...
September 02, 2014
de Botton and living in the absence of God
I agree with de Botton that it’s a mistake to throw the baby out with...
September 02, 2014
After Ferguson, toward a better humanism
Atheism, narrowly, is simply a position on the existence of God. That narrow lens, however,...
September 01, 2014
Why I don’t care about deconverting believers
No matter how I square it, there’s almost always something more effective for me to...
February 11, 2014
‘The Young Atheist’s Handbook’: A Review by Daniel Loxton
Earlier today, an excerpt of Daniel Loxton's review of Alom Shaha's The Young Atheist's Handbook...
May 23, 2013
Where we can meet Pope Francis
When details first emerged about Pope Francis's liberal policies and attitude towards the nonreligious, I...
May 02, 2013
Are we "getting" Islam?
A little more than two years ago, I invited Sean Faircloth to speak to members...
April 25, 2013
Casual Islamophobia Roundup 4/25
It's not generally that surprising to see a steady current of anti-Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry...
April 16, 2013
Watch Vlad on HuffPost Live tonight at 7:30 ET
I'll be discussing the recent controversy surrounding FEMEN for HuffPost Live tonight, and I'm pretty...
April 07, 2013
Vlad’s Duke Event Audio
To anyone who was waiting for a recording of the dialogue I had with my...
February 24, 2013
Secularizing religious practices: respectful or reductive?
I shared a brief reflection with the Huffington Post the other day about practicing Lent...
December 01, 2012
Vagueness and interfaith
One of our readers, the humanist and interfaith activist Vanessa Brake, sent us an email yesterday...
October 25, 2012
Compassion, Charity, and Atheism: why we’re not as great as we think
Since it bothers me how frequently atheists misrepresent or misunderstand research in the social sciences,...
October 07, 2012
In The Huffington Post: What Humanists Can Learn From Sikhs
This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Below is a link to the full...
December 05, 2011
Creating Spaces for Growth: the Narrative Approach to Religious Criticism
“Conflict can be understood as the motor of change, that which keeps relationships and social...
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