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…]

Abortion Debate with Scott Klusendorf of the Life Training Institute

Video from my debate with Scott Klusendorf of the Life Training Institute on March 29th. [Read more…]

It Makes My Teeth Ache

I’m listening to a speech by Reverend Doctor Jamie Washington at the opening of Harvard’s new Office Of BGLTQ Student Life and he is talking about the necessity of engaging in the discussion of spirituality, religion, and BGLTQ issues. I don’t exactly think he’s wrong. The Humanist Graduate Community at Harvard recently ran a workshop [Read More…]

Give Us a Reason to Rally!

The Reason Rally – one of the biggest dates in the freethinking calendar for many years. The line-up of speakers is impressive. The location is auspicious – the Washington Mall has hosted some of the most significant moments in American history. The time is right – nonreligious people have never been so numerous, visible or energized as they are now. The Rally will doubtless receive major media coverage. So this is an opportunity. A chance for thousands of freethinkers to gather and present themselves to the country and to the world.

What will we present? [Read more…]

Chris Christie Go Away!

“This is just weird: a guy from Britain who lives in Massachusetts lecturing the Governor of New Jersey on the sacred right of Americans … to redefine marriage?” – The National Organization for Marriage
You bet! [Read more…]

How Should Atheists Talk About Religion? Greg Epstein and PZ Call for a Prudent Balance

Ask An Atheist radio show recently held a debate between PZ Myers and Greg Epstein addressing the question “How Should Atheists Talk About Religion?” There was much agreement – indeed, a surprising amount. [Read more…]