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…]

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…]

What Humanism Is – and Isn’t

A short introduction to Humanism, tackling some common misconceptions. [Read more…]

Atheism+ is Humanism Rebranded – And That’s OK!

Jen McCreight has proposed a “new wave” of atheism, “Atheism+”. Here’s her description of what this new wave would look like: We are… Atheists plus we care about social justice, Atheists plus we support women’s rights, Atheists plus we protest racism, Atheists plus we fight homophobia and transphobia, Atheists plus we use critical thinking and [Read More…]

Why Atheism Does Not Demand Social Justice

A response to Greta Christina’s recent article “Why Atheism Demands Social Justice”: atheism does not demand social justice. Humanism does. Atheists should consider Humanism. [Read more…]