Honing Humanism: Evangelical and Humanist Views Different as Chalke and Cheese

A new entry in a series of articles exploring the Humanist worldview and tradition in an attempt to clarify what it is, how it is distinctive, and what value it has. The recent revelation that Pastor Steve Chalke, a prominent evangelical minister in the UK, has embraced as legitimate monogomous same sex relationships, has incensed [Read More…]

Welcome, Adam – Let’s Fight!

You will perhaps have noticed that Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism has recently joined our little network here – go him! His blog is great: his writing cogent and lively, his views well-formed, and his speeches interesting and feisty  So, obviously, I’m going to pick a fight with him. Well, not a fight exactly: let’s say [Read More…]

Forward Thinking – What Does Civic Responsibility Mean to You?

 My response to the first prompt in the values development project begun by Libby Anne and Daniel Fincke, Forward Thinking: What does civic responsibility mean to you? Civic responsibility, for me, stems from two facts: the fact we are all human beings, and therefore morally valuable, and the fact that what we do affects other [Read More…]

Susan Jacoby: Humanist Champion

I love Susan Jacoby: I think she’s one of the finest advocates for Humanism on the planet today. She has an infectious passion for freethought which fills people with excitement and brings the Humanist vision alive. In this NPR interview with Tom Ashbrook she conveys the excitement and freshness of Robert Ingersoll’s thought like no one else [Read More…]

Honing Humanism – What Use is Humanism?

In my previous “Honing Humanism” post I discussed in broad terms two different ways in which the term “Humanism” can be understood: as an interconnected set of values constituting a lifestance, and as a tradition of thought and practice in which those values are of primary importance. Critical to understanding Humanism is recognizing that it is a [Read More…]

There Are Humanist Funerals

Zachary Bos of the MA Chapter of the Secualar Coalition for America put me onto an article by Peter Berger at The American Interest asking “Why are there no humanist funerals?”, questioning what Humanism has to offer in the aftermath of a crisis like the Newtown shootings. He ends with the following: Yes, community helps people cope [Read More…]

Honing Humanism – Is Humanism “a Philosophy”?

Over the past two days I’ve been embroiled in a running debate with fellow Patheos blogger Leah Libresco, NonProphet Status blogger Vlad Chituc, and Vlad’s evil twin Alex. I’m also greatful to Dan Linford of Libere and Michael DeDora, who participated in these discussions and offered insights of great value. They have been plying me [Read More…]

Beating Up on Lazy Anti-Humanism: Leah Libresco on Atheist Groups

Fellow Patheos blogger Leah Libresco (former atheist, now Catholic) yesterday responded to Susan Jacoby’s excellent recent article New York Times article“The Blessings of Atheism.” She first critiques the article, suggesting that while Jacoby speaks in general terms about the consolation which can be garnered from an atheistic philosophy, she “never talks very much about what kind of consolation [Read More…]

Become a Pathfinder, Change the World

We live in a world of plenty, but billions live in want. Some 780 million people lack access to clean water – the most basic of necessities – while 3.4 million people a year – almost a whole Los Angeles – die from a water related disease. 99 percent of these deaths occur in the developing [Read More…]

George Takei Enchants NPR, Changes My Life

The first time I met George Takei I was too terrified to speak. My brother had to drag me toward the desk where he was sitting, and took on the responsibility to communicate that we were hoping he would sign a photo for my Mum. When told she had been feeding us Star Trek since [Read More…]


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