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.

Some Atheists Are “Joiners” Because All Atheists Are People

Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp recently appeared in an utterly weird segment for CNN claiming that conservative atheists are better than progressive ones. There’s lots wrong with the video, and Humanist interfaith activist Chris Stedman has written two excellent takedowns here and here challenging some of her ridiculous claims (“conservatives have no problem with atheists!”, “atheists aren’t politically marginalized!”). They’re [Read More...]

A Humanist Congregation

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It is Sunday morning, and I am heading to the Ethical Society of St. Louis. As I approach, its distinctive spire comes into view: it is affectionately known by many in the city as “the witch’s hat.” I think you can see why. It’s a bright day, and as I enter the foyer the sun streams [Read More...]

Two Forms of Secularism

Secularism is the principle that the government and religion should not unduly influence each other. A secular government is not anti-religious – a government which actively discouraged religious faith would be anti-secular. Rather, a secular government seeks to maximize the religious liberty of individual citizens by ensuring that they are not forced by the state [Read More...]

How the West Really Lost God, by Mary Eberstadt – a Review

This review is part of the Patheos Book Club, which last month was reviewing Mary Eberstadt’s “How the West Really Lost God”. My review is a little late, due to my moving across the country. Other responses can be found here. In How the West Really Lost God sociologist Mary Eberstadt offers a new theory of secularization, [Read More...]

Marriage, Equality, and Radical Queer Politics – Part Two

In the first part of this post I gave a sketch of my personal and political background, and enumerated a number of areas where I am in full agreement with many radical queer activists who raise principled objections to the prominence given to to the marriage equality fight by mainstream LGBTQ organizations, and to the [Read More...]

Marriage, Equality, and Radical Queer Politics – Part One

This is a two-part post. The second part can be found here. It seems every day brings news of a new victory for marriage equality advocates: yesterday Kentucky joined Indiana and Utah as the most recent state to find same sex marriage bans unconstitutional. Every day also seems to bring a new article penned by [Read More...]

De/Humanization

My first real job was in prisons. As a teenager at university I became a volunteer for the London Shakespeare Workout Prison Project, a charity which performs Shakespeare workshops, and sometimes whole productions, inside correctional facilities (whether it is still running I don’t know – I haven’t heard anything about it in a long time). [Read More...]


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