Dream the Impossible Dream

Journalist Andrew Brown has penned an article for the UK’s The Guardian: “Humanism is an Impossible Dream”. It is…confused. Brown believes that Humanism – the form promoted by the British Humanist Association, at least – is an incoherent idea. Reading to the end of a recent press release I discovered that the British Humanist Association [Read More…]

Bracing the Salty Current – Reason is a Humanist Value!

A while back I got into a back-and-forth regarding Atheism+ (an explicitly social-justice oriented Atheism promoted by blogger Jen McCreight) and its relationship to Humanism. My view, in brief, is that Atheism+, by infusing atheism with a commitment to an explicit set of positive values, is essentially a form of Humanism which, through the name, [Read More…]

Chris Stedman’s Toxic Atheism

Salon has recently published a short extract from atheist and interfaith activist Chris Stedman’s upcoming book, Faitheist, which they titled “Toxic atheism drives people apart” (I know they chose the title because Chris told me so, and because it is common practice for publishing outlets like Salon). It has provoked predictable reactions from parts of [Read More…]

Obama Dominates Third Debate, Solidifying Momentum

A lean and hungry Obama devastated his opponent’s foreign policy credentials last night in a one-sided debate which didn’t see Romney score a single significant point. In every exchange Obama was the more authoritative and assured, better prepared and better tested than the challenger. Before the debate I immodestly offered Obama three pieces of advice: [Read More…]

Some Modest Suggestions for the President

Ahead of tonight’s final Presidential Debate, and well-aware of my impudence, I’d like to offer some suggestions to President Obama regarding strategy. Tell a Story and Stick To It One consistent failing of Obama’s debate performances has been his inability to present a compelling narrative regarding the accomplishments of his presidency and his vision for [Read More…]

“God is Dead. So What?” – Humanist Community Discussion Starter

Yesterday I spoke at my home Humanist community, the Humanist Community at Harvard, to spark a discussion on the possibilities and challenges of building local community spaces for Humanists. This is one of the primary topics of my blog: I believe the development of local, meat space communities for Humanists is critical to our success [Read More…]

Remembering Paul Kurtz – Three Perspectives

I never met Paul Kurtz – never even spoke with him – yet he has had a profound impact on my life. Through the institutions he founded and/or led – the  Center for Inquiry,  Free Inquiry Magazine, The Humanist, and many more – he became the single most important figure in creating the Humanist movement of which I am [Read More…]

Brandan Robertson on Christian Persecution

Evangelical blogger Brandan Robertson picked up my discussion with fellow Patheos blogger Adrian Warnock on the “persecution” of Christians in the UK (part one and part two), and offers a thoughtful and challenging take. Thoughtful, because he recognizes the societal dynamic which is taking place: Christianity is slowly losing its social privilege and some Christians are [Read More…]

This is What Community Looks Like

Having been holed-up in the Ethical Culture Leaders’ Retreat the past few days I missed the news that Greta Christina, a fellow atheist blogger, is suffering health trouble and was soliciting support from readers and sympathetic fellow-travelers. After only a couple of days she has ceased asking for support because contributors have already met her [Read More…]

God Doesn’t Get a Vote

Fellow Patheos Atheist blogger Libby Anne has a great post up on whether a candidate’s religion would affect her vote. Her opening almost perfectly parallels my own position: I personally feel that no, a candidates faith does not matter, but his or her values do. In other words, I don’t care whether a candidate is [Read More…]


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