Building the Temple of the Future – Fulfilling the Promise of Humanism

Earlier today I addressed the Greater Boston Humanists on a topic very close to my heart: Building the Temple of the Future – Fulfilling the Promise of Humanism. In this just under 30 minute talk I put forward my vision for Humanism and Humanist communities in the 21st Century. If you have the time this is the most coherent argument I have yet made for a form of activist, congregational Humanism. [Read more...]

Support Sojourners? I Decline.

You work for Believe Out Loud, a group which seeks to promote full LGBT equality within Christian churches. It’s approaching Mother’s Day, and you want to send a message saying that, whoever you are, you should be welcome in Church that Sunday. You put together an ad showing two women, holding hands, walking their smiling son down the aisle of a church. You want to promote it widely, so you buy up ad space on Sojourners, famed “progressive Christian” website and movement, and wait for your call for love, inclusion and acceptance to light up the web.

And Sojourners spits in your face. [Read more...]

Baby, You’re a Firework! – Humanism and the Hereafter

“I do not know how to prove physically, that we shall meet and know each other in a future state; nor does Revelation, as I can find, give us any positive assurance of such a felicity. My reasons for believing it, as I do most undoubtedly, are that I cannot conceive such a being could make such a species as the human, merely to live and die on this earth. If I did not believe in a future state, I should believe in no God. This Universe, this all would appear, with all of its swelling pomp, a boyish firework.” – John Adams

To this, a Humanist reply: in the words of noted philosopher Katy Perry, “Baby, You’re a Firework!”

This post originally appeared at State of Formation, an interfaith community blog. [Read more...]

Drums and Fire – Pillars of the Temple

Is there a drumming inside your head that church bells fail to quiet? A pulse that outdoes heaven for sweetness, and hell for heat? A rhythm you want to share with others, so powerfully does it move you? Perhaps, like me, your head harbors the drums of reason, and thrills to their beat. [Read more...]

Foundations of the Temple

In his speech “The Gods” (1872), the “Great Agnostic” Robert Ingersoll, a Humanist and the best-known orator of his time, said the following:

“We are laying the foundations of the grand temple of the future–not the temple of all the gods, but of all the people”.

In 1873, echoing Ingersoll’s powerful oration, Felix Adler, founder of the Ethical Culture movement, called for the creation of the “Temple of the Future, [with] Justice its foundation, Peace and Goodwill its columns.”

Ingersoll and Adler’s vision of a more just world, governed by reason and compassion rather than superstition and greed – a vision shared by freethinkers across the ages – is the primary inspiration for this site. [Read more...]


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