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August 03, 2017
#Epicurus and Atomic Moderation
Working out the implications of what it means that “mind” is a function of the...
July 20, 2017
The Danger is in Not Being You
There is a story that has been told in various ways about a rabbi named ...
June 29, 2017
Loving What Happens
Amor fati. The love of (your own) fate. The Stoic philosopher Epictetus appears to have...
June 15, 2017
The Stories We Listen To; the Stories We Tell Ourselves
Our elders teach us things. Sometimes, later, we change our minds about those teachings, sometimes...
June 08, 2017
Murder and What’s in a Story
Why do we kill each other? I have to admit that when I walk along...
February 23, 2017
A Toolkit for Resisting Totalitarianism
For my money the philosopher Hannah Arendt offers the most profound analysis of the causes...
January 19, 2017
“Great Men” and the Tide of History
“Hindsight is 20/20” goes the cliche. And in my experience a lot of people want...
October 15, 2015
Death of the Curate
Art museums are currently going through a sea change, and that sea change is about...
August 27, 2015
The Duality Fallacy
The Methodist Church across the street from my church has a large lighted sign that...
August 06, 2015
On the Right to Take Up Space
(homily for a prayer vigil for those murdered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston,...
July 16, 2015
Guest Blogger Maria Greene asks, Why is Humanism So Scary for the UUA?
In the late 1960s—like so many other liberal movements—Humanism lost its way. Understandably, many Universalist...
June 18, 2015
News Flash: Banana Cream Pie Eats Planet
Time Share Proposition: The Earth is a time-share condo. Like a time-share condo, each of...
May 07, 2015
Hate and Homo Sapiens
STAR LOG Had space aliens stopped by planet Earth a hundred thousand years ago, as...
April 30, 2015
#Baltimore and the Failure of Human Flourishing
HONESTY DOESN’T RULE Huffington Post called the president’s remarks on the Baltimore uprising “the most...
April 09, 2015
Reason is Dead; Long Live . . . Advanced Hindsight
JUSTICE IS A SNACK AWAY Justice. It may be a meal best served cold, but...
March 19, 2015
The Transient, the Permanent, and the Stitching Horse: What Remains True in Religions
When I was a kid, I loved wandering in the barn on my grandfather’s farm....
February 19, 2015
Apocalypse: What Death Cults Really Want
The recent Atlantic article by Graeme Wood, “What Isis Really Wants,” examines the Isis phenomenon...
February 12, 2015
Greenery Without People: The Future of Post-Religious Community
I don’t get it about the natural world. Like, greenery, without people in it, is...
January 29, 2015
The Bigness of our Littleness: Humanism and Individualism
Late in his life the philosopher Richard Rorty—well known to be an atheist—was asked...
January 08, 2015
Covenant: Broken Promises, Dumb Ideas, and Ways Forward
Captain, We're Out of Beer! When those adventurers we now call the Pilgrims realized they...
June 12, 2014
The Proof’s in the Pudding (or What’s Churchy about Church?)
Imagine I’m sometimes asked how humanists can have “church” without invoking god. Here’s how I...
May 29, 2014
Spiritual But Not . . . Keep Talking
Literary critic Terry Eagleton said, “The din of conversation is as much meaning as we...
May 22, 2014
Tinfoil Hats and the Examined Life
Let’s say I tell you I’m wearing a tinfoil hat today . . . What...
January 30, 2014
A Scream and a Theory: Natural Selection and the Higher Moral Order
Scientific theories do not occur in a vacuum. Like poems or paintings, theories reflect the...
August 01, 2013
Free Will, Fate, and Destiny: A Humanist Perspective
Human religions have always been built upon foundations of the best available science of the...
July 04, 2013
Freedom . . . for Which?
I subscribe to the notion that separating out religion from other meaning-making systems is valid...
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