New articles of humanist interest

James A. Haught, The Long, Slow Death of Religion “All those factors undoubtedly play a role. But I want to offer a simpler explanation: In the scientific 21st century, it’s less plausible to believe in invisible gods, devils, heavens, hells, angels, demons — plus virgin births, resurrections, miracles, messiahs, prophecies, faith-healings, visions, incarnations, divine visitations and other supernatural claims. Magical thinking is suspect, ludicrous. It’s not for intelligent, educated people.

Significantly, the PRRI study found that the foremost reason young people gave for leaving religion is this clincher: They stopped believing miraculous church dogmas…..For decades, tall-steeple mainline Protestant denominations with university-educated ministers tried to downplay supernaturalism — to preach just the compassion of Jesus and the social gospel. It was a noble effort, but disastrous. The mainline collapsed so badly it is dubbed “flatline Protestantism.” It has faded to small fringe of American life.” read

Mikki Morrissette’s site, Attainable We read

†he Freethough Trail read

Great news : Our merger with the Center for Inquiry is complete read

Mark Oppenheimer, The Evangelical Scion Who Stopped Believing (Bart Campolo) “He loved everything about Christian ministry except the Christianity. Now that he had crossed the bridge to apostasy, he needed a new vocation. ….Atheists and agnostics have long tried to rebottle religion: to get the community and the good works without the supernatural stuff. It has worked about as well as nonalcoholic beer.” read

Valerie Tarico, Should Atheists Pray? read
The God Loophole read
Gleb Tsipursky, 3 Steps to Intentional Living read

David Breeden, #Resolutions and Diseases of the Soul read

Dale McGowan, Welcome to Patheos Nonreligious read

Sam Dresser, Great news: pleasure is the purpose of life. Bad news: moderation is key (Epicurus) (6m) watch

Naomi Golder, In Place of Prejudice “In the absence of metaphysical guarantees – whether in gods, the universe, or an essentially social self – each of us faces a task to construct, rather than discover, ideals by which to live. The process of construction will be contingent, messy, political. Will we be strong enough to engage in such construction honestly? Will anything like a universal social morality emerge? In the debate at 2015’s HowTheLightGetsIn festival I defended the interest of these questions, but I didn’t pose any answer. As I see it, the questions are empirical, and still open.” read

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