Why I Call Myself “Non-Religious”

Ethical Culture

Today I got an interesting email from a friend asking why, even though I am training as an Ethical Culture Leader, I consider myself and term myself “non-religious”. This is a thoughtful question because Ethical Culture is legally and by self-description a “Humanistic Religious Movement”, and many (I think most) of the current Leaders consider themselves religious [Read More...]

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Ethical Culture

The weekend I had the pleasure of addressing the members of the Baltimore Ethical Society, one of a network of godless congregations around the country dedicated to individual and social ethical improvement (collectively called the American Ethical Union). I’ve been visiting Ethical Societies rather frequently recently as part of my training to become an Ethical Culture Leader [Read More...]

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!

Oklahoma Atheists Logo

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...]


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