A Sermon on Humanism

I love the sermon. I appreciate it as a form of oratory and as an opportunity to grapple with challenging ideas which you might not think of everyday. A good sermon, just like a good lecture, can stretch our minds, open our hearts, and rouse us to action.

This one, by Unitarian minister Rev. Marlin Lavanhar (chief minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK), is an exquisite introduction to the intellectual roots and core concerns of Humanism, composed and delivered with great skill, and I recommend it highly.

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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.

  • baal

    I listened to 5 minutes and think I’d love the sermon on paper. I otherwise have had my fill of the sermon as a presentation style. I don’t like it. I doubt my dislike is a left over from when I did have compulsory attendance at Catholic Church and I do like to listen to various online content while I’m working and tuning out my surroundings (this includes IQ2 debates or the latest horrible apologist vs an atheist).


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