Nontheistic Students on Campus: Understanding and Accommodating Them

The number of students who do not believe in a higher power is rising, but these students often find themselves marginalized and struggle to gain acceptance on campus. Using data from the Secular Student Alliance, this article explores the interests of nonreligious nontheistic students, identifies issues these students face on campus and offers strategies for accommodating nonreligious nontheists as part of a diverse student body.In 2007, University of Northern Iowa student Cody Hashman iden … [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...]

October Speaking and Travel

Hey all! Sorry for the lack of substantive posts -- our ongoing series of guest contributors is still happening, and I've been doing some other writing that's kept me busy. Some of this will see the light of day soon, I promise. In the meantime, I have some exciting information about my speaking and travel this month -- in case you wanted to stalk me, I guess!This Sunday, October 10th, I will be heading to Boston, MA for a few days to hang out with the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, do some … [Read more...]

Common Ground in the Non-Religious Movement?

Today's post in our series of guest contributors is by Vladimir Chituc, President of the Secular Student Alliance at Yale. Like previous guest contributors Lucy Gubbins and Heidi Anderson, Vladimir wrestles with the issue of how atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics and the like should approach religion and the religious, and how the larger movement might work toward establishing some shared goals. Without further ado:As a relative newcomer to the broader skeptic and humanist movement, … [Read more...]

How Atheism Became a Religion at Stanford

Today's guest post in the current lineup of "Other NonProphets" is by Lewis Marshall, the  president of Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics (AHA!) at Stanford. Lewis reflects on how AHA! became one of the Stanford Associated Religions (SAR) and the subsequent interfaith alliances they built. This is a really great resource for any non-religious students interested in interfaith campus work. Without further ado:I had the honor of being on a panel discussion about operating an atheist student … [Read more...]

How Atheism Became a Religion at Stanford

Today's guest post in the current lineup of "Other NonProphets" is by Lewis Marshall, the  president of Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics (AHA!) at Stanford. Lewis reflects on how AHA! became one of the Stanford Associated Religions (SAR) and the subsequent interfaith alliances they built. This is a really great resource for any non-religious students interested in interfaith campus work. Without further ado:I had the honor of being on a panel discussion about operating an atheist student … [Read more...]

A Call to (Open) Arms

The first in our series of guest posts by some other NonProphets comes from secular student superstar Lucy Gubbins. Lucy, a personal hero of mine and co-founder of the University of Oregon's Alliance of Happy Atheists (which was recently given the "Best Community" Award by the Secular Student Alliance), tackles the question of whether religion-tolerant atheists are truly welcome in the secular movement. Take it away, Lucy!Firebrands and diplomats. "Accommodationists" and "New Atheists." When … [Read more...]

Interfaith Cooperation and Some Not-So-Friendly Feedback

While I was in Minnesota last week for a wedding, the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) posted a video of the panel I was on at their National Conference last month. Hemant Mehta, Friendly Atheist blogger, was also on the panel (along with Jonathan Weyer, a Christian Reverend who has done interfaith work, and Lewis Marshall from Stanford's Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics) and posted the video to his blog.I checked out his post today and the majority of the comments aren't exactly, well, … [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...]


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