Atheists Giving Aid – Support Sandy Hook Elementary

Donate here. A call for compassion from American Atheists along with the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics and We Are Atheism: During this time of great tragedy, American Atheists along with theSociety of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics (SOMA, a SSA affiliate and University of Kansas Student Organization) and We Are Atheism, have decided to come together to raise funds for the children and their families [Read More…]

Confronting Our Violent Culture: If Not Now, When?

Another gunman, another mass shooting. Almost 30 dead, most children. And already the politicians are deciding now is “not the right time” to talk about gun violence. When is the right time? How many people – how many children – have to die until it becomes “the right time” to discuss guns and violence in America? [Read More…]

God is Dead. So What? – My Talk from Skepticon 5!

With much excitement, and with many thanks to the amazing Rob Lehr of Hambone Productions, I am delighted to present to you God is Dead. So What?, my talk from Skepticon 5! This was my first time at Skepticon as a speaker (I was on a panel at Skepticon 4) and I had a wonderful time! In the [Read More…]

Religion and Education: Raising Humanist Kids

The American Humanist Association’s recent Kids Without God campaign (my thoughts here) has provoked a response from no less a sage than William Lane Craig, who charges that the site, while promoting critical thinking and questioning, “never encourages kids to think critically about the tough questions concerning the justification of humanism itself.” Humanists, he argues, [Read More…]

Oklahoma Atheists Interview Me!

Update: Thanks to Chas for the direct link! At Skepticon 5 (watch almost all the talks except mine (!) here) I spent some time with Chas Stewart of Oklahoma Atheists being interviewed for their “Godcast”. The interview’s now up – apparently I spoke about “Secular Humanism, Ethical Culture, and how to go about building a better world.” Also, [Read More…]

A Sermon on Humanism

I love the sermon. I appreciate it as a form of oratory and as an opportunity to grapple with challenging ideas which you might not think of everyday. A good sermon, just like a good lecture, can stretch our minds, open our hearts, and rouse us to action. This one, by Unitarian minister Rev. Marlin Lavanhar [Read More…]

“Ideas that Sing: Awe, Wonder, and the Future of Humanism” at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester this Sunday!

This Sunday I’ll be giving my latest presentation – “Ideas that Sing: Awe, Wonder, and the Future of Humanism” – at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester! Come along if you’re in the area: there will be Carl Sagan, there will be Abraham Maslow, there will be Felix Adler and Jason Silva and Quiet Company and [Read More…]

We Are Atheism – My Page Is Up!

We Are Atheism has gone live with my page and my interview, which was done at the Skeptics of Oz conference earlier this year! Thanks to Amanda and Adam Brown for their work on the site! [Read more…]

The Humanist Institute – What on EARTH is “Faith”?

I’m back at The Humanist Institute (a Humanist leadership training program which you can join too!), at the headquarters of the American Humanist Association, and we’re talking about faith. Specifically, we’re discussing James Fowler’s Stages of Faith, an attempt to lend some psychological weight and bring some scientific clarity to the notion of “faith” and how it develops in human beings. [Read More…]

Religion and Education: Towards Religious Literacy

Education is my thing. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of education, and was a high school teacher back in London before I defected to the USA. I care deeply that young people receive an excellent education which prepares them to be master of their own minds and encourages them to have an open, [Read More…]