Live-Tweeting Christopher Hitchens vs. Tony Blair

I'll be live-tweeting the Munk Debate on religion as a force for good in the world between Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens tonight by invitation of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation at 7 PM EST! Visit my Twitter page for my commentary, and if you want to see a stream of the debate, check out their live stream page. … [Read more...]

Knowing Religion, and Why It Matters

Today's guest post for our lineup of "Other NonProphets" is by Josh Oxley, a Master of Divinity student at the University of Chicago who is the Humanist Advisor to the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and recently started a new blog worth checking out. Like me, Josh is a former Christian who went on to pursue additional degrees studying religion; in today's post, he explains why it is so important for secular folks to enrich the dialogue around religion, become religiously literate, and move beyond … [Read more...]

Knowing Religion, and Why It Matters

Today's guest post for our lineup of "Other NonProphets" is by Josh Oxley, a Master of Divinity student at the University of Chicago who is the Humanist Advisor to the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and recently started a new blog worth checking out. Like me, Josh is a former Christian who went on to pursue additional degrees studying religion; in today's post, he explains why it is so important for secular folks to enrich the dialogue around religion, become religiously literate, and move beyond … [Read more...]

Pray For Me?

Last October I was struggling to get over a particularly stubborn cold; week after week, I'd show up for my Spiritual Direction course at Loyola University's Institute for Pastoral Studies and try for three hours to refrain from interrupting a lecture on psychology and teleology by hacking up a lung. Inevitably a sneeze would escape and I'd be immediately greeted by a chorus of "God bless you!"s.It didn't bother me (and not just because I once heard an unsubstantiated claim that the origins of … [Read more...]

SSA Summit Day One: Service, Collaboration, and Lessons from Queers

Sorry for the limited number of posts recently -- I hit the ground running upon returning to Chicago and immediately got sick. I'm still a bit ill but have continued to work in the interim. It's little wonder I fell sick; it was a long and winding trek. I started at the 2010 American Atheist Convention (AAC) in New York City / Newark, NJ, stopped by Washington, D.C. for some meetings, headed back north to Rochester, NY for Nazareth College's first-ever Interfaith Understanding Conference and, … [Read more...]

Atheism is Not Enough

Last week, I reported on the problems with contemporary atheism as reflected by press on the 2010 Global Atheist Convention. This is something I've recognized for some time -- and most recently wrote at length about in a response to some critiques our Share Your Secular Story contest has gotten -- and I am glad to see more people noting it. In this spirit, Michael De Dora Jr. of the Center for Inquiry recently released a great blog on the problems with an Atheistic approach to the world and … [Read more...]

Christopher Hitchens, Garbage Man

Religion Dispatches has a great piece up on Christopher Hitchens (who is, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett, one of the "New Atheists" -- or, as I like to say, something of a Horseman of Anti-Theism, decrying religion left and right). For anyone interested in issues of religion and non-theism, this article is a must-read, especially in its breakdown of the nuances between what Hitchens calls "religious" and what he calls "numinous." For people like me who believe that … [Read more...]

Exclusive: Bruce Sheiman Interview

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Bruce Sheiman, the author of An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity is Better Off with Religion Than Without It. His book, which came out last year, has raised eyebrows in both religious and non-religious circles for proposing that religion plays an important and perhaps even necessary role as a cultural institution -- even for so-called "rational Atheists." This is a point with which I obviously sympathize, and I've enjoyed his book a great deal. … [Read more...]


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