We Are Spock

Mr. Spock

There is a moment in Star Trek IV - undoubtedly the finest of all Star Trek movies – when Spock, having returned to his home-world Vulcan after his resurrection in the previous film, is answering a computerized test. The questions come quickly: Spock has scarcely answered one before the computer fires another, probing his knowledge of Vulcan history, chemistry, [Read More...]

Former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain Slurs Nonreligious

sacks

What if someone told you your life was meaningless? Not just your views or your opinion – which in some cases might be meaningless, were they poorly thought-out – but your actual life? How would you feel about that? What if someone said that the lives of a whole group of people are meaningless? And what if the reason they [Read More...]

American Family Association’s “Bigotry Map” Backfires

AFA Bigotry Map

Anti-gay hate group the American Family Association has recently released a perverse mockery of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s national map of hate groups which they call a “Bigotry Map“. Promising to “expose anti-Christian bigotry in America”, the map includes locations of groups which are “anti-Christian”, “atheist”, “Humanist”, and which “promote the homosexual agenda”: The [Read More...]

Building Better Secularists?

Congregate

David Brooks is writing about secularists again in the New York Times, arguing that nonreligious people, lacking the institutional and communal support offered by religion, need help if we are to avoid “loss of meaning” and “unconscious boredom”. “Secular writers are so eager to make the case for their creed,” he argues, “they are minimizing [Read More...]

The Archdiocese of St. Louis Wishes You a Merry Christmas!

Police in front of the Cathebral

This Christmas Eve I went to church. What brought me was the shooting of another black teenager by a white police officer: Antonio Martin, 18, who was fatally shot on Tuesday night near Ferguson. Today I got the call that a candlelit vigil would be held for Antonio and other victims of police violence outside the [Read More...]

Atheism’s Lack of Values is a Bug, Not a Feature

Exploring Ethics

Recently the Friendly Atheist blog kindly hosted an article of mine arguing that Humanists should proudly reclaim the tradition of social justice which has historically animated their work. Focusing on recent events in Ferguson and St. Louis, the article sought to recognize important  critiques of organized Humanism – that it focuses on too narrow a slice [Read More...]

No I Am Not OK

Inside MoKaBe's Coffeehouse

In some ways I’m not a stereotypical Englishman. I don’t have that legendary English reserve, or much of a discomfort with feelings. I try to live my life like an open book, and when I’m happy, grateful, excited, or in love I want to share that. I try to be a joyous influence in others’ [Read More...]


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