A Human(ist) Revolution

Several of the ideas in this piece were hashed out in conversations with two friends: Cass Midgley and Matthew Faraday. I am indebted to their thoughtful insights in developing this piece. Any shortcomings are my responsibility alone.There is a piece being circulated widely in the past few days which appeared in the Opinion pages of the New York Times on Christmas Day. It is entitled, “The Christmas Revolution,” and makes the case that much of what can be considered secular humanist values ha … [Read more...]

The Guardian: Ben Carson and his Seventh-day Adventist faith

Earlier this week the Opinion editor at The Guardian emailed me to ask for my thoughts about Ben Carson and what relationships his Seventh-day Adventist faith might have to do with his run for the U.S. Presidency. My article was published online this morning. -:-With Ben Carson’s surge in the Republican race for the White House, the world is suddenly fascinated by Seventh-day Adventists.A small, American-born sect of Christianity that arose in New England in the early 1800s, my former ch … [Read more...]

The United States becomes steadily more secular

In a follow up report released today, Pew Research Center reveals that the United States is becoming steadily less religious and more secular. Though Pew describes this report as generally revealing "a great deal of stability in the U.S. religious landscape," there are also clear downward trends in religious affiliation and clear upward trends in secularization. The religious remain as religious as they ever were, which should be unsurprising. In the face of greater secularization it stands to … [Read more...]

Leniency or Amnesty for Victims of Campus Sexual Violence? The Role of Religion

Schools around the country are struggling to address what some say is an epidemic of sexual violence. The U.S. Department of Education, members of both houses of Congress, and well as many academics and non-profit leaders, have been involved in crafting guidelines for college and universities to use in creating a safe environment on campus.This morning, the Southern Accent, student newspaper for Southern Adventist University, reported that the university has updated its sexual misconduct … [Read more...]

The religious life of Joe Biden

I can count on one hand the times that a politician has brought me to tears. This interview, which many of you will have no doubt already seen, is one. Vice President Joe Biden’s obviously genuine responses to Stephen Colbert’s very personal questions about the recent death of his son, Beau, and the loss of his first wife and their daughter was visceral and moving.What struck me most of all, however, is the way both men talked about their Catholicism. For years we’ve heard about Colbe … [Read more...]

Intimations of Anti-Theism

I’m ambivalent about anti-theism. In general, I think believing in and appealing to invisible, supernatural agents is detrimental to human moral and intellectual development. My feelings about religion also vary, depending on the day, but one of the ways I would describe myself is anti-absolutist. Some things are absolutely detrimental, like drinking poison or stepping into moving traffic. These things are definitely not recommended under any circumstances.Religion is not that clear cut. For … [Read more...]


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