Why I Call Myself “Non-Religious”

Ethical Culture

Today I got an interesting email from a friend asking why, even though I am training as an Ethical Culture Leader, I consider myself and term myself “non-religious”. This is a thoughtful question because Ethical Culture is legally and by self-description a “Humanistic Religious Movement”, and many (I think most) of the current Leaders consider themselves religious [Read More...]

Humanism With a Soul

Books

No less an atheist prophet than Sam Harris has defended, at length, both the use of the term “spiritual” and the value of the experiences to which the term usually applies. “We must reclaim good words and put them to good use”, he says, arguing that “transcendent experiences…should be studied scientifically”. Cass Seltzer, hero of [Read More...]

What Do We Mean By “Religion”?: Religions Have No “Heart”

Part of a Series: What Do We Mean By “Religion”? What do we mean by “Religion”? I find that whenever I’m in disagreement – either with a person of faith or with another atheist - it frequently boils down to a disagreement over the meaning of “religion”. Someone will begin with “The problem with religion is X” or [Read More...]

“Many Faiths – One Family”, Or “How I Became a Spiritual Leader”

Spiritual Leader

The moment I have worked for for for years has occurred: apparently I am a “Spiritual Leader”. It says so right on the program, and the envelope I’m given to thank me for coming says “Spiritual Leader James Croft” on it: I’m speaking at the 29th annual Forum on Tolerance, an event held at North [Read More...]

Adler’s Vision: Reimagining Values-Based Community for Godless People

“The custom of meeting together in public assembly for the consideration of the most serious, the most exalted topics of human interest is too vitally precious to be lost.” – Felix Adler So, I’ve introduced myself and the first major interest of this blog: learning how to speak in Ingersoll’s Voice. The second part of [Read More...]

Standing On Principle

I’m just now getting back to my ongoing discussion with Stephanie Zvan of Almost Diamonds. You can see previous posts in the series here: Temple Talk Definitely Diamonds The Value of Defiance Because We Need Power A Coalition is Not a Community The Difference Between Goals and Values In her most recent post Stephanie also [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...]


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