Why Do I Sing What I Will Not Say?

Something’s been bothering me: I sing things I’d never say. I grew up a choirboy, and have sung all my adult life. I love to sing – very little gives me greater pleasure than to raise my voice in song beside others. Sometimes, as part of a chorus, you have to sing things you don’t like: bad [Read More...]

Atheists, Come Out! – A Song

Evangelizing

David Beadle of The Secular Human has just released a new single encouraging atheists, agnostics, and Humanists to come out and be open about their beliefs! You can listen to it free here, and buy it on iTunes here. Check it out – it’s good fun! [Read more...]

Terra Lumina – an Album Inspired by Science, by John Boswell and William Crowley

Terra Lumina Album Cover

“I love big ideas…but those ideas still have to compete in the marketplace…If you want those ideas to reach anyone you gotta make them sing.” – Jason Silva If Humanist values are going to sweep the culture, we gotta make them sing. We have to find ways to convey our ideas and values in ways [Read More...]

What Inspires You?

Hope

I love inspiration: I think it’s one of the most important and underrated aspects of human experience. That sense you get when something wonderful, something amazing takes your breath away, drops your jaw and makes you go “Wow!” I find inspiration in many things: art, theatre, music, the natural world, the fantastic discoveries of science, [Read More...]

Humanism With a Soul

Books

No less an atheist prophet than Sam Harris has defended, at length, both the use of the term “spiritual” and the value of the experiences to which the term usually applies. “We must reclaim good words and put them to good use”, he says, arguing that “transcendent experiences…should be studied scientifically”. Cass Seltzer, hero of [Read More...]

Singing Together: “No, Please, NO!” or “Sing Aloud!”? – Humanism and Song, Part Two

Giving voice in song should be considered a deep human need. And if Humanist communities are good for anything, they should attempt to fulfill human needs. Avoiding communal singing simply because it is a practice that is common in religious spaces is irrational. We should not forfeit valuable activities which promote human flourishing simply because the religious do them too. When it comes to singing together, we should not cut out our secular tongue to spite others’ religious face. [Read more...]

The Profane Harp – Humanism and Song, Part One

The experience is intoxicating, enhanced by the prismatic paintings behind the singers, by the ecstatic look on their faces, the feeling of my blood pumping in my ears, breath bursting from my lungs, crazy colors on the wall, vibrations in the gut, tingle in the hands, song in my soul. This is singing. I am enveloped by the song, carried up by it, exalted and exulting. [Read more...]


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