In Defense of Atheist “Churches”

Dialogue

Godless congregations. Atheist “churches”. Humanist communities. Few topics seem so divisive among atheists. For instance, Siana Bangura of The Heresy Club describes experiments like the London Assembly as “the first step in the wrong direction”, “tasteless at best and ridiculous, if not dangerous at worst”. “This”, she confers, “sounds like a cult”. I encounter similar [Read More...]

Oklahoma Atheists Interview Me!

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Update: Thanks to Chas for the direct link! At Skepticon 5 (watch almost all the talks except mine (!) here) I spent some time with Chas Stewart of Oklahoma Atheists being interviewed for their “Godcast”. The interview’s now up – apparently I spoke about “Secular Humanism, Ethical Culture, and how to go about building a better world.” Also, [Read More...]

Scott Lively Wants to Bring Down the City

Compassion

On Saturday November 24th an enormous gas explosion ripped through downtown Springfield, MA, damaging numerous buildings, injuring 18 people, and leveling a strip club. The Boston Globe reported: The explosion happened at 5:25 p.m., leveling Scores Gentlemen’s Club, punching a large hole in the street, and blowing shards of glass and other debris through downtown [Read More...]

Loving and Hating Religion – Some Reflections After Visiting Religious Communities

The Humanist Institute

These reflections were written shortly after visiting four religious communities in New York City as part of The Humanist Institute, a leadership training program for people passionate about Humanism and who want to play a role in the movement. If that sounds like you, I recommend the course: it’s been invigorating and challenging for me, [Read More...]

Kids Without God – <3 Darwin the Dog!

KidsWithoutGod

I’ve been critical about major non-religious organizations’ publicity campaigns in the past, but the American Humanist Association has really hit it out of the park with Kids Without God. The site, launched today, provides valuable resources for kids and teens looking to grow up Humanist, and parents who want to help them – all wrapped [Read More...]

Humanist Community: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Humanism - Reason, Compassion, Hope

When I first started talking about Humanist community building – creating local spaces where non-theists can come together to celebrate shared values and provide fellowship for each other – I got a lot of push-back. I was told that you can’t organize atheists into communities because they’re too individualistic. I was assured that you’d never [Read More...]

Skepticon 5 Day One – JT’s “Dear Christian 2″

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JT Eberhard PROPOSED to his girlfriend on stage at Skepticon 5! During an emotional moment at the pinnacle of his speech tonight JT Eberhard actually proposed to his girlfriend Michaelyn! JT has a habit of outdoing himself every year, and this was a true masterpiece of theatrics as well as a beautiful expression of love. [Read More...]


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