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…]

Why Ethical Culture?

This past Sunday Friday ( too busy – don’t even know what day it is!), after a long selection process (and a more than 2-hour interview!), I was accepted into training as a leader in the Ethical Culture movement. Most atheists and Humanists will probably have no idea what Ethical Culture is. Those who do [Read More…]

Obama Wins, Town Hall Style Debates Lose

Last night’s Presidential Debate was not a reversal of the first, but it should mark a reversal of Obama’s fortunes. Obama did not dominate the second debate to nearly the same degree Romney did the first, but his much-improved performance will quell doubts about the fire in his belly and builds on the momentum-halting performance [Read More…]

Ethical Culture Leaders’ Retreat – Live Blog Introduction

I’m at the Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center in Lanoka Harbor New Jersey, to study with existing and other in-training leaders in the Ethical Culture movement, a non-theistic congregational movement dedicated to the dignity of all human beings and the improvement of culture through social and moral development. The purpose of the retreat is [Read More…]

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…]