Susan Jacoby: Humanist Champion

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I love Susan Jacoby: I think she’s one of the finest advocates for Humanism on the planet today. She has an infectious passion for freethought which fills people with excitement and brings the Humanist vision alive. In this NPR interview with Tom Ashbrook she conveys the excitement and freshness of Robert Ingersoll’s thought like no one else [Read More...]

Buy All the Things! – The Center for Inquiry Has a New Store!

CfI Mug

The Center for Inquiry, one of my favorite organizations working to promote science, reason, and secular values, has a new store and it looks great. Make sure to check the store for holiday gifts for the godless heathens in your life. Highlights include: The beautiful CfI coffee mug, with which you can “let people know [Read More...]

Ingersoll’s Voice: A Persuasive ‘Evangelical’ Humanism

Robert Ingersoll was primarily an orator, the most famous of his time (late 18th-mid 19th Century) and one of the most successful of all time. He was known as the Great Agnostic, and people would travel great distances and pay large sums to hear him critique religion and espouse a proto-Humanist naturalistic lifestance. His speeches [Read More...]

Ingersoll’s Voice, Adler’s Vision: What’s This Blog About?

In a sense this blog is about all the personal and professional interests I outlined in yesterday’s introduction. But it does have a more focused purpose: I’m trying to promote Humanism, and to create a more Humanistic world. I see this project as having two primary aspects, inspired by two of the greatest freethinkers of [Read More...]

Relaunching the Temple of the Future – From Ingersoll’s Voice to Adler’s Vision

I believe the time has come to revive Felix Adler’s vision – his idea that a more Ethical Culture can be built only through communities dedicated to moral betterment. From now on, this idea will be the primary focus of this blog. As a more personal adjunct to my writing at the Humanist Community Project, I will use this space to explore the idea of Humanist community building, including discussions of community practices, organizational structure, cultural resources, ritual and other aspects of communal experience. And I will use it a s a forum to host my work as I speak, talk and teach on this subject around the world. Ingersoll’s voice will still be heard – he is not banished from this blog! – but Adler’s vision will predominate. [Read more...]


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