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 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 empty promise of eternal life

One of the perpetual challenges I get from Christians about my new non-belief in the supernatural is the impact this has on life's present meaning, especially absent any universal, external, "objective" value anchored or the eternal nature of the Christian promise.I have thrilled in the past few days to read Philip Kitcher's new book, Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism (Yale 2015). It's few pages and unassuming title belie a challenging and sometimes technical read. Still, it is … [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...]

Do Atheists Believe In Nothing? A panel discussion for Humanism at Yale Week

A panel discussion entitled What do atheists believe? with Ryan Bell, Dr. Laurie Santos, associate professor of psychology at Yale University, director of Yale's Comparative Cognition Laboratory, and YHC Faculty Adviser, and Leighann Lord, comedian and co-host of StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson. Location: Yale University LC 317 (Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street) … [Read more...]

Humanism at Yale Week

The Yale Humanist Community just announced it's Humanism at Yale Week, April 5-12, 2015. It's a wonderful line up of speakers and events and I'm honored to be a part of a panel on Monday, April 6, called "Do Atheists Believe in Nothing?" The other members of the panel are Dr. Laurie Santos, Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University  and Director of Yale’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory;  and Leighann Lord, comedian and co-host of StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson. Chris Stedman, Exe … [Read more...]