Former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain Slurs Nonreligious

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What if someone told you your life was meaningless? Not just your views or your opinion – which in some cases might be meaningless, were they poorly thought-out – but your actual life? How would you feel about that? What if someone said that the lives of a whole group of people are meaningless? And what if the reason they [Read More...]

Humanists don’t have Faith – We Got Hope!

I’m sitting in the lecture theatre at the Harvard Kennedy School, at the opening session of Faith and Leadership in a Fragmented World. We’re here for a week-long interfaith workshop on the role of faith in leadership, and we’re being addressed by world-renowned experts in religious pluralism and political organizing. And everyone is talking about “faith backgrounds”, “faith traditions”, “faith-based values”. I’ve been invited to attend to represent Secular Humanism, and I’m feeling a little left out. So I raise my hand, and ask whether, together, as a group, we can come up with language that is inclusive of those, like myself, who do not have faith.

And one of our esteemed workshop leaders replies “Everyone has faith. Atheism is a faith! It requires just as much faith to be a Humanist as anything else!”

And I have to resist my immediate instinct to facepalm. [Read more...]


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