Chris Stedman Responds to his Critics

Two days ago on The Friendly Atheist Chris Stedman offered the long-awaited response to criticism of his book Faitheist: read it here. I find it a thoughtful, balanced, and indeed rather wise expression of important Humanist values. Some choice excerpts below. On New Atheism:  I’d like to make it clear that I intended merely to point [Read More…]

Harvard Humanist Blogathon!

Donate to the HCH here! See the blogathon posts here! Right now as we speak Chelsea Link and Chris Stedman – staff members at the renowned (=P) Humanist Community at Harvard – are conducting a 12 hour blogathon in order to raise money for the HCH and our national projects! The Humanist Community at Harvard [Read More…]

“More Than Half Way”: Why I’m Proud to Work With a “Faitheist”

Chris Stedman: one of the most controversial figures within the atheist movement. Few atheist activists split opinion as cleanly as Chris does: it seems you either love him or you hate him. There are plenty on either side of the argument. He has been praised for presenting a new face of atheism, more concerned with [Read More…]

Bruce Gorton’s Bollocks: More Straw Stedman

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

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…]