Bruce Gorton’s Bollocks: More Straw Stedman

Dialogue

Some important points to note before reading this post: I am an atheist. I have been one all my life. I am an atheist activist, and I give up a whole lot of my time, for nothing, to promote greater visibility and respect for atheists around the USA. I do this because I believe that [Read More...]

Alex Gabriel on InterView and InterFaith

Dialogue

Alex Gabriel of The Heresy Club has a great post up exploring a different way of doing interfaith (or “interview”) discussion – discussion characterized not so much by the search for common ground but by critical examination of each other’s’ beliefs. Sounds great! His criticism of much interfaith discussion is spot-on, and worth sharing: I think [Read More...]

Chris Stedman’s Toxic Atheism

Salon has recently published a short extract from atheist and interfaith activist Chris Stedman’s upcoming book, Faitheist, which they titled “Toxic atheism drives people apart” (I know they chose the title because Chris told me so, and because it is common practice for publishing outlets like Salon). It has provoked predictable reactions from parts of [Read More...]

Inside Interfaith – Principled Engagement is the Key

Interfaith will remain a contentious issue for nonbelievers. I recognize the principled disagreements of those who feel they cannot in good conscience engage in such work. But I myself find the arguments in favor sufficiently compelling to get stuck in. Principled engagement in interfaith efforts can not only accrue the basic benefits of interfaith work, but can itself damage religious privilege. Taking this road requires courage, and it requires skill. But it is not, I believe, a betrayal of Humanist principles. on the contrary: it is a noble expression of them. [Read more...]


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