Desire Matters, Truth Matters More – Alex Gabriel and Jeff Cook on “Unbelievable?”

Alex Gabriel of The Heresy Club, one of my favorite online atheists, was a thoughtful and precise presence on Christian radio show Unbelievable? – a show which “gets Christians and non-Christians talking”. Listen to Alex discuss God with Jeff Cook, author of Everything New, and elucidate some of the strange holes in Cook’s (I thought rather weak) arguments. Cook is [Read More…]

Loving and Hating Religion – Some Reflections After Visiting Religious Communities

These reflections were written shortly after visiting four religious communities in New York City as part of The Humanist Institute, a leadership training program for people passionate about Humanism and who want to play a role in the movement. If that sounds like you, I recommend the course: it’s been invigorating and challenging for me, [Read More…]

Giving on Thanksgiving

The Washington Post yesterday featured a fantastic article on the Washington Ethical Society’s latest Thanksgiving service idea: Leader Mary Herman asked the 150 or so congregants at the Washington Ethical Society on 16th Street NW to check their programs. Ten of them would find a randomly inserted blue card. She asked those 10 to stand up. “I [Read More…]

Humanism With a Soul

No less an atheist prophet than Sam Harris has defended, at length, both the use of the term “spiritual” and the value of the experiences to which the term usually applies. “We must reclaim good words and put them to good use”, he says, arguing that “transcendent experiences…should be studied scientifically”. Cass Seltzer, hero of [Read More…]

Kids Without God – <3 Darwin the Dog!

I’ve been critical about major non-religious organizations’ publicity campaigns in the past, but the American Humanist Association has really hit it out of the park with Kids Without God. The site, launched today, provides valuable resources for kids and teens looking to grow up Humanist, and parents who want to help them – all wrapped [Read More…]

Humanist Community: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

When I first started talking about Humanist community building – creating local spaces where non-theists can come together to celebrate shared values and provide fellowship for each other – I got a lot of push-back. I was told that you can’t organize atheists into communities because they’re too individualistic. I was assured that you’d never [Read More…]

These Are Not The Droids You Are Looking For…

My workshop on persuasion for secular activists was a big hit at the Center for Inquiry’s 2012 Leadership Conference, and I was able to reprise a much shorter version – sans time for questions and the interactive elements – at Skepticon 5. Here are the slides from that presentation – look for a more complete [Read More…]

Skepticon 5 Day Two – Rebecca Watson on Evolutionary Psychology

Rebecca Watson of Skepchick is a marvel: extremely funny, always-knowledgeable, and seemingly on top of all the latest developments in the relationship between science and culture. I pity any scientist or pseudo-scientist who finds themselves on the end of her wit-skewer. She has a way of piercing nonsense with a smile and a wink which is [Read More…]

Skepticon 5 Day Two – PZ Myers’ “Evolution: Let’s Do the Kinky Stuff!”

PZ Myers: the man, the legend. Author of one of the biggest science science blogs in the world, defeater of communion wafers, sacker of the City of God. For Skepticon 5 he has a talk on evolutionary pluralism. Random Mutation + Natural Selection (RM+NS) is the basis of all the diversity of species we see [Read More…]

Skepticon 5 Day Two – Hemant Mehta’s “The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide”

Hemant Mehta – the Friendly Atheist – is one of the most stalwart activists in the atheist movement: he’s been blogging and speaking and working on atheist issues for years, and his experience shows in the fluid and funny delivery of his presentations. He begins with a story he’s told before, describing two pictures drawn [Read More…]