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…]

It Gets Better…

It Gets Better if we make it better. That’s the message of the It Gets Better video I appeared in, with students and faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. [Read more…]

Welcome ‘Unbelievable?’ Listeners! Apologetics IS a Waste of Time!

If you’ve reached my site through my discussion with Chris Sinkinson about his book Confident Christianity on Unbelievable, welcome! For those who want a longer expression of my views on apologetics, this post is for you. [Read more…]

John Lennox, Aristotle, and the American Audience

John Lennox spoke at Harvard today: great stories, bad arguments. [Read more…]

Inside Interfaith – Principled Engagement is the Key

Interfaith will remain a contentious issue for nonbelievers. I recognize the principled disagreements of those who feel they cannot in good conscience engage in such work. But I myself find the arguments in favor sufficiently compelling to get stuck in. Principled engagement in interfaith efforts can not only accrue the basic benefits of interfaith work, but can itself damage religious privilege. Taking this road requires courage, and it requires skill. But it is not, I believe, a betrayal of Humanist principles. on the contrary: it is a noble expression of them. [Read more…]