About This Blog
Temple of the Future is a home for constructive Humanist thought and commentary, a place where people can explore complex ethical, existential, spiritual, and cultural questions with rigor but without judgment. I tackle the biggest questions in life – Why are we here? Who are we? What’s going on? – from a naturalistic, non-theistic perspective. I also seek to educate on social justice issues, promoting understanding between people of different views. Temple of the Future is a space for civil discussion: I insist on an atmosphere of respectful engagement with ideas. Ad hominem attacks of any kinds are disallowed. I also champion free inquiry – I hold that the best way to enable progress in thinking is to allow people to discuss difficult topics. I therefore will allow no shaming of people for sharing unpopular views.
About the Author
James Croft is a Humanist activist and public speaker who has swiftly become one of the best-known new faces in Humanism today. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is recently completed his Doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a leader in training in the Ethical Culture movement – a national movement of Humanist congregations – he is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate activist for human rights. James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist. His upcoming book “The Godless Congregation”, co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Greg Epstein, is being published by Simon & Schuster.
In his academic work James primarily studies the philosophy of education, including to how the arts help us learn and grow, and he’s particularly interested in how the arts promote ethical and existential development. James has recently defended his doctoral thesis, an investigation of the nature, value and development of autonomy – what he calls “Free Thinking”. He holds an M.Ed in Arts in Education from HGSE, and an MA in Education with Drama and English from the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with a double first-class degree and won a number of academic awards. James is privileged to have been made a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow, which enabled him to complete his studies, and is proud to have been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).
James is an Ambassador for the Teach First program (essentially Teach for America in the UK), from which he graduated with distinction in July 2007. Under the program he spent two years teaching English (and some Drama!) in a high school in Feltham, West London.
James is an experienced actor and singer, having performed in many locations around the world including St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Oriole Park in Baltimore, the Barbican Centre, and the Royal Albert Hall. He has sung with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and has taken on such varied roles as Oedipus, Jacques and Touchstone (As You Like It), Thomas Becket (Murder in the Cathedral) and Father Christmas. He currently sings with the Gateway Men’s Chorus. Amongst those who have seen him speak, James’ passion for public speaking is legendary.
For two years James worked part-time for the London Shakespeare Workout Prison Project (LSW), a charity that takes Shakespeare into prisons around the UK. During his association with LSW he visited HMP Send, Highpoint, Brixton and Pentonville, and helped organise a production of The House of Bernarda Alba that was performed at the Criterion Theatre in London. This was the first occasion on which inmates from a closed prison (HMP Send) were given leave to perform on a London Stage.
James is a committed Humanist and a Humanist Celebrant, who wants to build communities which foster the development of non-religious social capital and give naturalists the space to come together and appreciate each other more deeply. To further this aim, James works as the Outreach Director of the Ethical Society of St. Louis – one of the largest Humanist communities in the world. He believes that society is desperately in need of living communities dedicated to human flourishing and freedom.