Life After God welcomes John Dehlin

Creating a New Future After Faith Since starting Life After God I have had a number of clarifying experiences—moments in which the vision I originally articulated for this organization teaches me something I didn’t see as clearly at the beginning. For example, it is clearer to me than ever before that there are at least two distinct but intimately related projects that Life After God is deeply invested in. First, and the one I’ve spoken the most about for the past five months, is the need to s … [Read more...]

A conversation with humanist chaplain Bart Campolo

This week on the Life After God podcast I speak with Humanist Chaplain Bart Campolo. I first encountered Bart in the late 1990s when he was speaking on campuses around the United States creating authentic community and spurring young people on to good works. That hasn't changed for him, though he is no longer a supernaturalist, as he calls it. He gradually left his religious faith behind and has become a secular humanist.Today he works with students at USC in Los Angeles, helping them … [Read more...]

The end is near!

...of this year, that is.NPR aired a segment tonight that I taped with Arun Rath for All Things Considered. If you haven't heard it, it's only 4 1/2 minutes long (click the image below to listen). I said more about my provisional conclusions in this interview than I ever have before. When NPR tweeted the link to the segment a very interesting conversation ensued, dominated by tweets of encouragement and support, some inviting me to try other things, like Jehovah's Witnesses … [Read more...]

An interview with Brian McLaren

I first met Brian McLaren in the early 2000s as the not retired Emergent Village was getting off the ground. In fact the first time we sat together was at Villanova University where we heard the late Jaques Derrida speak, at the invitation of John Caputo, about St. Augustine and deconstruction. I didn't understand a word he said.Our friendship continued through the years and Brian's sharp, inquisitive thinking and warm disposition has been a lifeline to me as I tried to make sense of my … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby, slippery slopes and the doubled-edged sword of freedom

Michael Peabody is an attorney who blogs at ReligiousLiberty.TV. He says that conservatives think he’s too liberal, and that liberals think that he’s too conservative, but he says he just believes what he believes and that he tries to address every issue on a case-by-case basis. That, he says, has made him a Biblical traditionalist who is tolerant and appreciative of those who offer other religious viewpoints. He’ll argue for young-earth creationism all day because that’s what he believes, but he … [Read more...]

Help “Interview an Atheist At Church” raise money for more videos

If you don't know about "Interview an Atheist at Church," you should! My friend Kile Jones started this project only a few months ago. He already has eight videos posted online and is looking to do more.Please check out the website, follow the Facebook page and most importantly, if you like the work Kile is doing, make a donation so he can make more videos.In my short experience I think this is one of the most effective ways of building bridges and humanizing atheists in the eyes of … [Read more...]