The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook – Evidence-Based Atheist Activism

Evangelizing

This is a repost from the Humanist Community Project website, a project designed to host useful materials to help non-theist communities around the country develop and grow. It introduces the Freethinkers’ Political Textbook, my effort to bring together mountains of research into effective activism and persuasion into a mini book specifically dedicated to the challenges of [Read More...]

Sort of Like “Camp Quest” for Grownups – Adventures in Humanist Community!

Walkway_03

Edit: I’ve been asked to make clear that the reference to “Camp Quest” in the title of this post was metaphorical – this retreat is sponsored by the American Humanist Association and the American Ethical Union, not Camp Quest. Ever wanted to spend a week in a mountain lodge, ziplining and hiking in-between rousing discussions of freethought, Humanism, [Read More...]

Three Things Holding Humanism Back

Humanism - Reason, Compassion, Hope

Clay Farris Naff, writing for the Huffington Post, argues that “Humanism’s Moment of Opportunity [is] Going to Waste”: The evidence is in, and it is clear: New Atheists have been a media success and a societal failure. They know how to sell books, how to debate, how to sneer, skewer, and satirize — in short, [Read More...]

Welcome, Adam – Let’s Fight!

Dialogue

You will perhaps have noticed that Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism has recently joined our little network here – go him! His blog is great: his writing cogent and lively, his views well-formed, and his speeches interesting and feisty  So, obviously, I’m going to pick a fight with him. Well, not a fight exactly: let’s say [Read More...]

Forward Thinking – What Does Civic Responsibility Mean to You?

Forward Thinking

 My response to the first prompt in the values development project begun by Libby Anne and Daniel Fincke, Forward Thinking: What does civic responsibility mean to you? Civic responsibility, for me, stems from two facts: the fact we are all human beings, and therefore morally valuable, and the fact that what we do affects other [Read More...]

Susan Jacoby: Humanist Champion

Books

I love Susan Jacoby: I think she’s one of the finest advocates for Humanism on the planet today. She has an infectious passion for freethought which fills people with excitement and brings the Humanist vision alive. In this NPR interview with Tom Ashbrook she conveys the excitement and freshness of Robert Ingersoll’s thought like no one else [Read More...]

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

Dialogue

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...]


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