I went to church this week. Well, not exactly church, but to the remarkably-church-like Andover Hall at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). Throughout the school year they hold “Noon Services” there, one a week celebrating a different “religious tradition”. One week the Buddhists will have a service, the next week the Presbyterians, and so on. This week [Read More...]
I believe the time has come to revive Felix Adler’s vision – his idea that a more Ethical Culture can be built only through communities dedicated to moral betterment. From now on, this idea will be the primary focus of this blog. As a more personal adjunct to my writing at the Humanist Community Project, I will use this space to explore the idea of Humanist community building, including discussions of community practices, organizational structure, cultural resources, ritual and other aspects of communal experience. And I will use it a s a forum to host my work as I speak, talk and teach on this subject around the world. Ingersoll’s voice will still be heard – he is not banished from this blog! – but Adler’s vision will predominate. [Read more...]
Earlier today I addressed the Greater Boston Humanists on a topic very close to my heart: Building the Temple of the Future – Fulfilling the Promise of Humanism. In this just under 30 minute talk I put forward my vision for Humanism and Humanist communities in the 21st Century. If you have the time this is the most coherent argument I have yet made for a form of activist, congregational Humanism. [Read more...]
Is there a drumming inside your head that church bells fail to quiet? A pulse that outdoes heaven for sweetness, and hell for heat? A rhythm you want to share with others, so powerfully does it move you? Perhaps, like me, your head harbors the drums of reason, and thrills to their beat. [Read more...]
In his speech “The Gods” (1872), the “Great Agnostic” Robert Ingersoll, a Humanist and the best-known orator of his time, said the following:
“We are laying the foundations of the grand temple of the future–not the temple of all the gods, but of all the people”.
In 1873, echoing Ingersoll’s powerful oration, Felix Adler, founder of the Ethical Culture movement, called for the creation of the “Temple of the Future, [with] Justice its foundation, Peace and Goodwill its columns.”
Ingersoll and Adler’s vision of a more just world, governed by reason and compassion rather than superstition and greed – a vision shared by freethinkers across the ages – is the primary inspiration for this site. [Read more...]