The Sochi Games: Fury and Futility

I have been avoiding writing about the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: my feelings are too fierce and conflicted, and I cannot find precision. Yet I feel I cannot stay silent, so I prevail upon you, my reader, to grant me a space to speak openly and honestly on an issue which is full of complexity [Read More...]

A Humanist Conception of Evil

“Evil” the most powerful term of moral condemnation. Worse than “wrong”, “bad”, or even “wicked”, saying something – an act or an individual – is “evil” is the most forceful negative evaluation we have access to in the ethical sphere. The word carries connotations which makes some atheists and Humanists concerned. Some worry that it [Read More...]

“The Experience of God” Review – Chapter One

This is the second in a series of posts examining David Bentley Hart’s new book “The Experience of God”. You can find the other parts here. Having established his general project, Hart turns to the first plank of his argument in favor of the existence of God: he attempts to make a firm distinction between [Read More...]

Humanists Are Not Human Exceptionalists

Chris Sosa – Salon contributor, Huffington Post blogger, “vegan advocate”, and personal friend (at least for now!) has a new piece up on the HuffPo: “Don’t Call Me a Humanist”. After reading the poorly-informed diatribe, I’m happy if I don’t: taking a reasonable and even-handed approach to things is characteristic of the Humanist’s outlook on [Read More...]

“The Experience of God” Review – Introduction

This is the first in a series of posts examining David Bentley Hart’s new book “The Experience of God”. You can find the other parts here. Once in a while a book is published which people declare to be a “must read” for atheists. The new book is so powerful and insightful, it is averred, that [Read More...]

Vice Magazine on Godless Congregations

Harry Cheadle of Vice Magazine offers an in-depth look at the growing phenomenon of godless congregations! The idea behind godless congregations, as groups like the Sunday Assembly are known, is pretty simple: churches are about building communities based on shared values as much as they’re about worship. Studies conducted in the past few years have [Read More...]

Nobody Expects the Atheist Inquisition!

More than meets the eye...

We atheists can be a scrappy bunch. We like to argue, to dissect ideas, to question language. So when I posted the following, as an ecstatic Facebook update during a night of wild dancing, I expected perhaps a few raised eyebrows at my choice of language, given that my Facebook friends list is filled with [Read More...]


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