Daniel Dennett’s Strange Idea – and a More Radical One

Daniel Dennett - philosopher and atheist “horseman” – has been deeply involved with the Clergy Project, an effort to provide religious professionals who are experiencing doubts about their faith a safe space to discuss their changing views and a way to transition away from religious life. It’s a great project: for many it is an extraordinary psychological [Read More...]

I Am Not a “None”

I went to church this week. Well, not exactly church, but to the remarkably-church-like Andover Hall at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). Throughout the school year they hold “Noon Services” there, one a week celebrating a different “religious tradition”. One week the Buddhists will have a service, the next week the Presbyterians, and so on. This week [Read More...]

How to Check Your Privilege in 5 Excruciating Steps

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Recently, I changed my mind. Challenged over my uncritical reposting of a secular argument against abortion, I was forced to examine my assumptions, reflect on my identity, and consider how my actions might look from a different vantage point – in other words, I “checked my privilege”. The exhortation to “check your privilege” is common in [Read More...]

Vice Magazine on Godless Congregations

Harry Cheadle of Vice Magazine offers an in-depth look at the growing phenomenon of godless congregations! The idea behind godless congregations, as groups like the Sunday Assembly are known, is pretty simple: churches are about building communities based on shared values as much as they’re about worship. Studies conducted in the past few years have [Read More...]

Meet Me in St. Louis

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This Summer, if everything goes to plan, I’ll be moving on from Harvard after 7 years. When I first came to America to begin a one year Master’s degree in Arts in Education, after two years teaching high school English in the UK equivalent of Teach for America, I had no idea what I wanted [Read More...]

New Article in “Free Inquiry”!

Greg Epstein and I recently authored an article for the magazine Free Inquiry prefiguring our upcoming book The Godless Congregation! Here’s a snippet: Something interesting is happening: across the United States and increasingly even the world, atheists are coming together not to debate but to celebrate. Moving beyond discussions of the existence of God and the evils of [Read More...]

Sort of Like “Camp Quest” for Grownups – Adventures in Humanist Community!

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Edit: I’ve been asked to make clear that the reference to “Camp Quest” in the title of this post was metaphorical – this retreat is sponsored by the American Humanist Association and the American Ethical Union, not Camp Quest. Ever wanted to spend a week in a mountain lodge, ziplining and hiking in-between rousing discussions of freethought, Humanism, [Read More...]


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