Biden Principled (Though Wrong) on Abortion

Fellow Patheos blogger Timothy Dalrymple has suggested that Joe Biden’s response to the question on abortion in the VP debate was incoherent. If he truly believes Catholic doctrine on the matter, he argues, it is not coherent to refuse to impose that view on others through the law. consistency would require, he believes, an attempt [Read More…]

Yes, Joss Whedon is an Atheist and a Humanist!

Hemant Mehta posted a great Post Secret yesterday: (via PostSecret) It’s true! Joss Whedon is an atheist and a Humanist and, like Gene Roddenberry before him (why all these Humanist sci-fi creators?), uses his shows to explore human values. Here’s Whedon speaking on atheism and Humanism after receivingthe third annual 2009 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in [Read More…]

The Argument for Humanist Communities

Since much of what I write here is about the development of meatspace communities for Humanists, it makes sense to give a brief case as to why I think they’re valuable. Not all non-theists agree that such spaces would have much benefit, and many religious people don’t really get the point either. So let’s put [Read More…]

Probabilistic Arguments for the Existence of God: James Croft Vs. David Glass on ‘Unbelievable?’

Last week I appeared for the third time on Premier Christian Radio’s discussion show Unbelievable?, hosted by Justin Brierley. This time I was speaking with David Glass (a Lecturer in the University of Ulster’s School of Computing and Mathematics) about his new book, Atheism’s New Clothes: Exploring and Exposing the Claims of the New Atheists. We [Read More…]

Adler’s Vision: Reimagining Values-Based Community for Godless People

“The custom of meeting together in public assembly for the consideration of the most serious, the most exalted topics of human interest is too vitally precious to be lost.” – Felix Adler So, I’ve introduced myself and the first major interest of this blog: learning how to speak in Ingersoll’s Voice. The second part of [Read More…]

Ingersoll’s Voice: A Persuasive ‘Evangelical’ Humanism

Robert Ingersoll was primarily an orator, the most famous of his time (late 18th-mid 19th Century) and one of the most successful of all time. He was known as the Great Agnostic, and people would travel great distances and pay large sums to hear him critique religion and espouse a proto-Humanist naturalistic lifestance. His speeches [Read More…]

Ingersoll’s Voice, Adler’s Vision: What’s This Blog About?

In a sense this blog is about all the personal and professional interests I outlined in yesterday’s introduction. But it does have a more focused purpose: I’m trying to promote Humanism, and to create a more Humanistic world. I see this project as having two primary aspects, inspired by two of the greatest freethinkers of [Read More…]

Biden Blunts Romney-Ryan Momentum with Emotional Performance

The vice-presidential debate tonight was a masterful, if uneven, performance by Joe Biden, showing the President a thing or two about how to emotionally connect with voters. Biden altered his tone throughout the debate to demonstrate his passion and excitement, while hammering Ryan repeatedly for his lack of specifics and outright distortions of the facts. His laughing [Read More…]

Getting Acquainted

‘We are laying the foundations of the grand temple of the future–not the temple of all the gods, but of all the people–wherein, with appropriate rites, will be celebrated the religion of Humanity. We are doing what little we can to hasten the coming of the day when society shall cease producing millionaires and mendicants [Read More…]

Standing On Principle

I’m just now getting back to my ongoing discussion with Stephanie Zvan of Almost Diamonds. You can see previous posts in the series here: Temple Talk Definitely Diamonds The Value of Defiance Because We Need Power A Coalition is Not a Community The Difference Between Goals and Values In her most recent post Stephanie also [Read More…]