Honing Humanism – What Use is Humanism?

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In my previous “Honing Humanism” post I discussed in broad terms two different ways in which the term “Humanism” can be understood: as an interconnected set of values constituting a lifestance, and as a tradition of thought and practice in which those values are of primary importance. Critical to understanding Humanism is recognizing that it is a [Read More...]

Honing Humanism – Is Humanism “a Philosophy”?

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Over the past two days I’ve been embroiled in a running debate with fellow Patheos blogger Leah Libresco, NonProphet Status blogger Vlad Chituc, and Vlad’s evil twin Alex. I’m also greatful to Dan Linford of Libere and Michael DeDora, who participated in these discussions and offered insights of great value. They have been plying me [Read More...]

Beating Up on Lazy Anti-Humanism: Leah Libresco on Atheist Groups

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Fellow Patheos blogger Leah Libresco (former atheist, now Catholic) yesterday responded to Susan Jacoby’s excellent recent article New York Times article“The Blessings of Atheism.” She first critiques the article, suggesting that while Jacoby speaks in general terms about the consolation which can be garnered from an atheistic philosophy, she “never talks very much about what kind of consolation [Read More...]

Humanist Community at Harvard 2012 Fundraiser Blogathon Recap!

Humanist Community at Harvard

Donate to the Humanist Community at Harvard here! My workplace, the Humanist Community at Harvard, is fundraising right now to support our extensive service program, our community center, and our continual public outreach promoting Humanism. Part of the fundraising drive was a blogathon by Chris Stedman and Chelsea Link, and you can find a great recap of the whole thing [Read More...]

Chris Stedman Responds to his Critics

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Two days ago on The Friendly Atheist Chris Stedman offered the long-awaited response to criticism of his book Faitheist: read it here. I find it a thoughtful, balanced, and indeed rather wise expression of important Humanist values. Some choice excerpts below. On New Atheism:  I’d like to make it clear that I intended merely to point [Read More...]

Counterpunched: We Have No Theory of Power

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Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be [Read More...]

Harvard Humanist Blogathon!

Humanist Community at Harvard

Donate to the HCH here! See the blogathon posts here! Right now as we speak Chelsea Link and Chris Stedman – staff members at the renowned (=P) Humanist Community at Harvard – are conducting a 12 hour blogathon in order to raise money for the HCH and our national projects! The Humanist Community at Harvard [Read More...]


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