God and the Gay Humanist – A Response to Matthew Vines

Matthew Vines‘ God and the Gay Christian has become something of a phenomenon. Charting Vines’ journey – with his family – from coming out to his Christian parents as gay to convincing them that the Bible really does “affirm” LGBT people, the book is essentially an investigation of what the Bible says about same-sex relationships. Weaving scriptural criticism and analysis [Read More…]

Building Better Secularists?

David Brooks is writing about secularists again in the New York Times, arguing that nonreligious people, lacking the institutional and communal support offered by religion, need help if we are to avoid “loss of meaning” and “unconscious boredom”. “Secular writers are so eager to make the case for their creed,” he argues, “they are minimizing [Read More…]

What Do You Teach Your Kids About Religion?

Today’s Friday Forum, and I have a question for you: What do you teach your kids about religion? Whether you’re religious or not, do you try to raise your children to share your beliefs? Do you intentionally introduce them to different ways of thinking? If you are religious, do you require them to participate in religious [Read More…]

Who Gets a Platform on the College Campus?

When I was an undergraduate, the Cambridge Union invited Jean-Marie Le Pen – then Leader of the National Front Party of France – to debate immigration. Le Pen is a highly polarizing figure: a darling of the French right wing, and a demon to the left. Seen (rightly, I think) as a race-baiting, foreigner-hating, anti-semitic, [Read More…]

In Language, Dignity Over Clarity

Tom Flynn of the Center for Inquiry has a new post up arguing that the use of the pronoun “they” by trans* people to refer to a single individual is unnecessary and unclear, reducing the clarity of language as regards our capability to describe situations in which a distinction between singular and plural is important. He [Read More…]

Introducing “Applied Sentience”

Are you a blogger or writer with an interest in atheism, Humanism, non-religious philosophy, and being “Good Without God”? Do you want a platform for your work, and to engage in dialogue with other thinkers who share your passion for exploring life without religion? If so, then Applied Sentience is for you! I’m proud and excited to [Read More…]

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…]