Yale Humanists Shine a Light on Humanism

One of the greatest powers of religion is its capacity to uplift people, to grab hold of something deep in the core of humanity and raise it high, as a beacon we can all follow. At their best, religions have an extraordinary capacity to craft stories and symbols which offer a vision of an improved humanity. [Read More…]

Unitarian Universalist Association Betrays Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics

Last week the Unitarian Universalist Association – the national organization which represents all Unitarian Universalist churches in the USA, some of which are Humanist congregations, and many of which include significant numbers of Humanists – renewed ties with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), praising the recent changes they have made to policies regarding gay boy scouts [Read More…]

What Would You Live For? A Reflection on Martyrdom for Easter

This is an extract from one of my Platform Addresses (think sermons) at the Ethical Society of St. Louis. You can listen to the full Address here. A few years ago I attended a conference at Harvard, and at that conference was a panel of activists who had been making their names fighting for various different [Read More…]

Free Speech 2: What Is Free Speech and Why is it Good?

This is the second post in a series exploring the concept of free speech and its relationship to political protest, particularly relevant to recent discussions regarding the disruption by protesters of Donald Trump rallies. First post here. What Does the Right to Free Speech Entail? The right to freedom of speech is an idea about [Read More…]

Free Speech 1: What Are Rights?

This is the first post in a series exploring the concept of free speech and its relationship to political protest, particularly relevant to recent discussions regarding the disruption by protesters of Donald Trump rallies. Is a protest which disrupts a political rally an infringement of free speech, or an expression of it? Or is it [Read More…]

Death Is Not the Answer

I remember the Boston Marathon Bombings. I remember hearing of the attack on the radio, and wondering if my friends running and watching the marathon were alright. I remember being locked down in my apartment as news of the unfolding manhunt trickled in: an MIT policeman killed, a shootout in Watertown, the dramatic discovery of [Read More…]

Love, Lust, and the Bible: A Further Response to Matthew Vines

Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian (and subject of yesterday’s post), kindly responded to my critique on Facebook: Thank you for writing this post and for sharing your perspective about what I’m doing. Thanks also for reading and engaging with my book.Some of your criticisms, however, are factually wrong. While it is [Read More…]


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