What About the Gays?

On the heels of the discussion of the problem of ensuring women feel respected, welcome and safe at freethinking conferences, I’d love to discuss how we can do the same for queer people. [Read more…]

Why Atheism Does Not Demand Social Justice

A response to Greta Christina’s recent article “Why Atheism Demands Social Justice”: atheism does not demand social justice. Humanism does. Atheists should consider Humanism. [Read more…]

Reclaiming the Language of Values

If progressives are going to gain traction in American politics again, we need to start to reclaim and reshape the language of values, reclaiming words the right has colonized, and rehabilitating those the right has besmirched. That means speaking loudly and unapologetically in the language of morality and values in a consistent and intelligent way. [Read more…]

Why Use ‘Religious’ Language?

I’ve been challenged again about my use of ‘religious’ terminology like ‘Temple’ by a commenter over at Freethought Blogs, and I thought it valuable to point out the reply I give in my FAQ regarding the use of ‘religious’ language by Humanists. [Read more…]

Definitely Diamonds

The first part of a dialogue with Stephanie Zvan of Freethought Blog Almost Diamonds, sparked by a late-night conversation at the Freethought Festival. Jump in and discuss! [Read more…]

Relaunching the Temple of the Future – From Ingersoll’s Voice to Adler’s Vision

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…]

‘Unbelievable?’ – Was Jesus Liar, Lunatic or Lord? Discussing CS Lewis’ Apologetics

My second appearance on Unbelievable?, a Premier Christian Radio show hosted by Justin Brierley. Here I debate Ken Samples of apologetics organization Reasons to Believe. [Read more…]