September 16, 2019

[Editor’s Note: If the wild incompetence and racism of the Trump administration makes you feel nostalgia for George W. Bush – a thought I’ve caught myself having a few times – then today’s post is a useful corrective. —Adam] By James A. Haught Incredibly, when President George W. Bush was stampeding the Iraq invasion in 2003, he told French President Jacques Chirac that the attack was needed to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible’s satanic agents of the Apocalypse. Honest…. Read more

September 13, 2019

I came across Vienna Teng while reading up on hopepunk for the article I published today, and I immediately knew I’d found something special. Most of her five studio albums are heavy on piano ballads, melancholy and contemplative. But her most recent, Aims, is more up-tempo. This album is from 2013, but it’s astonishing how well it fits the tenor of our time. All of it is excellent, but this song is my favorite. Whenever I’m feeling tempted to anger… Read more

September 13, 2019

Especially in dark times, stories of hope and utopia show us how the world could be better than it is, and thereby give us a blueprint for creating that better world. Read more

September 11, 2019

The strange and curious sect of EnlightenNext, a cult that peacefully dissolved when its founder realized he had become a monster. Read more

September 9, 2019

In the 1970s, West Virginia fundamentalist Christians staged a campaign of violence against public schools. Read more

September 6, 2019

Much will be lost, and it’s right to grieve for that loss, but giving in to despair is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The fight against climate change has a bigger prize than the preservation of what we already have; if we win, we can create a better world. Read more

September 4, 2019

This week, I published my first ever column for NBC News’ opinion section: “Americans increasingly reject religion as politicians in Pennsylvania reject atheists and agnostics”. It’s about the Fields case in Pennsylvania, where a federal appeals court upheld the state legislature’s policy of inviting Christian ministers to open their sessions with prayer, while banning atheists from giving secular invocations. It’s a shocking and explicitly anti-atheist policy of discrimination, the first in a long time that a court deemed to be… Read more

September 2, 2019

Electrons and quarks, galaxies and black holes, electromagnetic radiation, DNA and cells, gravity, molecular bonds, the speed of light, the power in the nucleus – these contain a gospel more profound than any written by humans. Read more

August 30, 2019

Inequality has reached crisis levels. We can change the basic assumptions that society is built on, but to do that, we need to visualize the new shape of the world before we can make that image into reality. Read more

August 28, 2019

Brazil’s president views the Amazon as nothing but virgin resources to be plundered for profit. Read more

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