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…]

‘Bigot’: if the Shoe Fits…

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrat Party, has recently received much criticism when his office mistakenly published the text of a speech he was to deliver which touched on the issue of marriage rights for gay and lesbian people (in the UK gay people can enter into a civil [Read More…]

Not Every Creed is a Dogma

PZ Myers has just posted an interesting piece regarding some of the pushback Atheism+ is getting from some quarters of the freethought community. Apparently, some think A+ is divisive, exclusive, a fruit of the egos of the perceived leaders, an attempt to tell people what to think, a hive mind, a religion of atheism, and [Read More…]

Am I Anti-Religious? Are You?

In my discussions on Atheism+ and its relationship to Humanism it has frequently been suggested that A+ is more “anti-religious” than Humanism. What does it mean to be “anti-religious”? I’m not sure that I have much idea. Certainly, if there are things that religious people are doing or believing which cause harm then I am [Read More…]

Atheism+, Humanism, and Religion

In the ongoing discussions around Atheism+ and its relationship with Humanism one issue crops up again and again: the perception that Humanists – at least some Humanists – have an attitude toward religion which the atheists who are excited by Atheism+ do not share. But is this really true? [Read more…]


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