There Are Humanist Funerals

Dialogue

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”?

Dialogue

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

Dialogue

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

Pathfinder's Project

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

George and James

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...]

The Freethought Movement in 2013 – 5 Hopes and Challenges

It’s time to get the freethought movement moving. 2012 has been huge: The Reason Rally powerfully demonstrated the rise of a new political constituency, and the presidential election – with 70% of religious “nones” voting for Obama –  showed the potential of freethinkers to shape American politics in the future. But it won’t be easy: activating our influence [Read More...]

ROUSE Them: The Eight Elements of Inspiration

ROUSE Them

Over at my new website ROUSE Them I’ve developed a model for helping leaders inspire people to act around an issue. It’s relevant to anyone in any leadership position, including members of freethought groups who wish to mount a campaign to defend and promote secular values! In the post I outline the eight elements of [Read More...]


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