Yes, Joss Whedon is an Atheist and a Humanist!

Hemant Mehta posted a great Post Secret yesterday:

(via PostSecret)

It’s true! Joss Whedon is an atheist and a Humanist and, like Gene Roddenberry before him (why all these Humanist sci-fi creators?), uses his shows to explore human values. Here’s Whedon speaking on atheism and Humanism after receivingthe third annual 2009 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from the Humanist Community at Harvard:

About James Croft

James Croft is the Leader in Training at the Ethical Culture Society of St. Louis - one of the largest Humanist congregations in the world. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently writing his Doctoral dissertation as a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate activist for human rights. James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist. His upcoming book "The Godless Congregation", co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Greg Epstein, is being published by Simon & Schuster.

  • Ian

    Asimov was another great Humanist sci-fi writer.

    But on the other hand, Orson Scott Card is a devout Mormon and L Ron Hubbard founded Scientology.

  • James Maybrick

    Joss Whedon has always been amazing.

    There was a line in Angel that beautifully said what I can only murderously paraphrase.
    Something along the line of that if nothing exists after our deaths, and there is no afterlife or final judgement or reward then nothing really matters. But in such a world kindness and caring are all the more precious and vital, and matter most of all.
    Whedon said it much better, but that notion had a big effect upon me and still does so, even now several years after first hearing those words.