Narrow atheism, religious criticism, and why using “faitheist” as an insult makes you an asshole: my interview with Trav Mamone

I recently exchanged a few emails with Trav Mamone of Bi Any Means. I probably wrote too much, but we ended up talking about my background, how veganism and atheism intersect, and my views on the atheist movement.Specifically on the topic of religious criticism, I wrote: To briefly sum up my views, though: punch up and be specific. First, we shouldn't be like Dawkins and argue that we should ridicule Catholics with contempt, but that doesn't mean we can't criticize Mother Theresa or the … [Read more...]

In the Huffington Post: 'Faitheist': Social Change Through Storytelling

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Below is a link to the full original article.The first thing I tell people about Chris Stedman's "Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious" is that it made me cry, and books don't make me cry. But there I was -- in public no less -- teary-eyed and puffy-cheeked as I read someone else's encounter with conservative evangelical Christianity and subsequent deconversion. It sounded strikingly similar to my … [Read more...]

A Lengthy Response to Zach Alexander

Just a quick note: this post shouldn’t be taken as representative of Chris or his views. He’s been keeping abreast of his critics and has been thinking carefully about the points they raise. But he is also quite busy with obligations surrounding the release of his book and his work organizing this weekend’s upcoming Humanist Community at Harvard Values In Action event, which is working to pack 40,000 meals for food-insecure children. In the meantime, why not check out the project and consider don … [Read more...]