Remembering Paul Kurtz – Three Perspectives

Humanism - Reason, Compassion, Hope

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

Dialogue

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

Compassion

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...]

Ethical Culture Leaders’ Retreat – Day 1

Tuesday evening was the first day of the Ethical Culture Leaders’ Retreat I’m attending. Here’s some stuff I learnt about Ethical Culture Leader Felix Adler during our discussion: Adler’s Intellectual and Social Context Adler was influenced by New England Transcendentalism (particularly Emerson), by Kant (his primary philosophical influence and the source of his ethical idealism), [Read More...]

“Coming Out Christian” Is Not A Thing

Fellow Patheos blogger Adrian Warnock has responded to my piece arguing that Christians are not persecuted and hated in the UK. The title of his post is “Coming out: Is “Evangelical” the new “Homosexual”?” I am tempted to respond to with a simple “no”. And, perhaps, “don’t be silly”. It’s an absurd and insulting suggestion, [Read More...]

The False Narrative of Christian Persecution

Yesterday I engaged in Tweet-off with Adrian Warnock, fellow new-resident at Patheos. He blogs from a Christian perspective, as a preacher at Jubilee Church London. I had noticed Adrian, in his introductory post at Patheos, claims that “There is real hatred for Christian values in our culture today”. I was astonished by that statement, and [Read More...]


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