Why Humanist Communities? A Short Talk for Cork

I just recorded a short talk to celebrate the first anniversary of the Cork Humanist Community, which addresses three questions: Why are Humanist communities important? What makes a strong community? What are some things a Humanist community can do to develop and grow? [Read more...]

“Many Faiths – One Family”, Or “How I Became a Spiritual Leader”

Spiritual Leader

The moment I have worked for for for years has occurred: apparently I am a “Spiritual Leader”. It says so right on the program, and the envelope I’m given to thank me for coming says “Spiritual Leader James Croft” on it: I’m speaking at the 29th annual Forum on Tolerance, an event held at North [Read More...]

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...]


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