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!

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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...]

Religion and Education: Raising Humanist Kids

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The American Humanist Association’s recent Kids Without God campaign (my thoughts here) has provoked a response from no less a sage than William Lane Craig, who charges that the site, while promoting critical thinking and questioning, “never encourages kids to think critically about the tough questions concerning the justification of humanism itself.” Humanists, he argues, [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...]

Responsible Writing

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It’s strange what catches the attention. What I thought was a rather innocuous and boringly-balanced post on the strengths and weaknesses of Rebecca Watson’s recent talk at Skepticon 5 has sparked a barrage of commentary, not all of it flattering to yours truly. Most of the criticism seems to be along the following lines: “You are being [Read More...]

Responsible Reading

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I’ve been thinking about something for a while. What I’ve been thinking is this: that readers have responsibilities as well as writers. More precisely, effective communication is not entirely the responsibility of an author or speaker: the people reading a work, or in the audience of a talk, also have responsibilities they must meet if the encounter [Read More...]

Occasionally, I Think I’m an Alien

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Nathan Salo Tumberg, a friend and fellow atheist blogger at Occasionally, I think, doesn’t understand me (he also deeply loves his wife, and his thoughtful account is charming to read). Specifically, he doesn’t understand my ecstatic reaction to my visit to B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue. While I found it uplifting and inspiring he, he thinks, would find unpleasant, [Read More...]


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