A Committed Christian’s Atheist Heroes

Today's post in our ongoing series of guest bloggers comes from the amazing Amber Hacker, Network Engagement Coordinator at the Interfaith Youth Core. Below, Amber reflects on a few atheists who inspire her and the kinds of honest and respectful conversations atheists and Christians can have. Take it away, Amber! A few months ago I told my friend Chris Stedman, a former Christian and current atheist, that there's nothing I'd love to see more than for him to come back to Christ.This is true, … [Read more...]

9/11 was the "Atheist Stonewall"?

 In a recent post on The Friendly Atheist, blogger Hemant Mehta shared a video of the Secular Student Alliance National Conference (where I spoke on a panel) keynote address by atheist blogger Greta Christina on what Atheists can learn from the LGBT movement. I've heard her give this talk before, but it was Hemant's conversation with her about it that caught my attention: I had a chance to ask Greta later what she considered to be our “Stonewall” — what event did she feel mobilized athe … [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...]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Atheists

Today's guest post comes from Tim Brauhn, a Catholic interfaith activist. Tim, who recently finished a year as a Fellow for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation's FaithsAct anti-Malaria interfaith initiative, is a lovable weirdo. Tim was once an anti-Atheist schmuck but has since changed his tune. He shares why below:My friend Ahab is an atheist. Note: his nickname, which I was kind enough to bestow upon him, has no relation to his faith orientation, so don't go all crazy with white whale … [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...]