Redefining America's Religious Tradition

Today's guest blog, the latest in our ongoing series of guest contributors, comes from Stephen Goeman and Bruce Wang, members of Tufts Freethought Society. It is a reflection on pluralism and its ramifications for several contemporary social issues, written from the perspective of two up-and-coming nonreligious student leaders. Initially produced for the Tufts Roundtable, it is a thorough and compelling call for pluralism -- please check it out:A fundamental challenge is confronting America's m … [Read more...]

"State of Belief" Radio Interview

I recently had the honor of appearing on State of Belief, a weekly radio program hosted by the great Rev. Welton Gaddy. Having read my last Huffington Post article, he asked be about the Interfaith Youth Core's D.C. institutes and the role of the non-religious in interfaith work. Check it out here! … [Read more...]

The Gay Divide

Today’s guest post in our ongoing series of guest contributors comes once more from Nicholas Lang, who previously submitted guest pieces considering Park51 and the state of American dialogue and reflecting on the ramifications of “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.” Today's piece is a personal triumph; searing, sobering, and terribly relevant. There's really nothing more that I can say about it, besides the fact that you must read it. Seriously. Read it:When I heard about Tyler Clementi for the first … [Read more...]

Atheist Students Find Their Place in the Interfaith Movement

My new Huffington Post Religion article on my recent trip to D.C. was just published, and is currently being featured at the top of the Religion page. This one is extra special to me because it is heavily comprised of other people's words; those of the amazing students and staff I met at the recent IFYC / Georgetown / White House institute I helped with and spoke at. Their perspectives are truly awesome. Check out the first part below; it can be read in full at The Huffington Post: Atheists are … [Read more...]

Giving Emerging Ethical Leaders a Voice

Please check out my new post over at Tikkun Daily on the new initiative I'm heading up for the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue (JIRD), in partnership with the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions. The project, called State of Formation, will be a forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders to engage the pressing issues of our time. The deadline for nominations is October 15th, so if you are or know an emerging ethical or religious leader, please don't hesitate to fill out … [Read more...]

The Artist Formerly Known as Molly Norris

I have a new blog up over at the Washington Post's On Faith blog, The Faith Divide. This is my third piece for the them -- the other two can be found here and here. The piece addresses Molly Norris and "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day," which I have written about several times. [Update: This piece has been refeatured on Tikkun Daily and the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue.]Below is an excerpt; it can be read in full at The Faith Divide: Last week the atheist blogosphere lit up with reports … [Read more...]

Introducing Some Other NonProphets

Hey folks! I've got a few big projects in the works right now (how vague and ambiguous...), so, to keep NonProphet Status fresh amidst my busyness, I've recruited a few worthy guest bloggers to populate it with content over the next few weeks. In the past, I've been honored to feature some pretty incredible guest posts from the likes of Tim Brauhn, Jessica Kelley, Nick Mattos, Sayira Khokar, Rory Fenton, Nate Mauger, Kate Fridkis, Andrew Fogle, Miranda Hovemeyer, Nat DeLuca, Mary Ellen Giess, Je … [Read more...]

Seeking Soup for the Secular Soul

"The chief deficiency I see in the skeptical movement is its polarization: Us vs. Them—the sense that we have a monopoly on the truth; that those other people who believe in all these stupid doctrines are morons; that if you’re sensible, you’ll listen to us; and if not, to hell with you. This is nonconstructive. It does not get our message across. It condemns us to permanent minority status." - Carl Sagan, Wonder & Skepticism "Holy shit," he said. "That is a dead body underneath that tarp." … [Read more...]

Caring For Our Common Ground

Hey folks! Check out my latest guest blog for the Washington Post, a collaboration with Chelsea Guenther about our experience at Common Grounds (which I blogged about here and here):Shared faith in the earth Today's guest bloggers are Chelsea Guenther and Chris Stedman. Chelsea is a graduate of Agnes Scott College who will be coordinating the multifaith living community for the Cal Aggie Christian Association at the University of California - Davis beginning this fall, and Chris is a recent … [Read more...]

Picture This: When We Draw Muhammad, We Draw a Line

Last month, I was invited to write an opinion piece for the Secular Student Alliance's eMpirical on "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" and explain why I disagree with it so strongly. Head on over to their website to check it out!Many thanks to the SSA for asking me to weigh in on this; I've been honored to work with the organization several times now, and am really looking forward to speaking at their National Conference at the end of this month. Speaking of: you should come! … [Read more...]


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