Tonight I was interviewed by Mike Phelps on The Age of Reason podcast. The topic was set as “Humanism vs. Religion” but I used a lot of my time to break down that neat dichotomy. The discussion was far ranging as we talked about the nature of humanism, the natures of religions, the relative strengths and weaknesses of both humanism and religion, the possibilities for humanists to learn from religion, the relationship between religion and art, the ideal relationship between church and state, religious historical revisionism, Nietzsche’s relationship to humanism, the nature of humanistic ethics as opposed to religious kinds, and the roles of both humanism and religion in the cultivation of empathy.
Below are links to a few of the many articles I’ve written that expand on themes in this interview:
In Which I Come Out As A Humanist
How Christian Beliefs And Values Are No More Creditable With America’s Founding Than Islamic Ones
American Values vs. Fundamentalist Values
On The Uses And Abuses Of Religion In Art: The Lines Between Expression, Tolerance, Respect, Fear, and Torture
How To Criticize Religion. Part 3: Address The Question of “True Religion” With Nuance
The Dangers of Religion Itself
Atheism Is Not A Religion. But There Should Be Atheistic Religions.
My Atheistic Appreciation For Religion