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

New videos of humanist interest

Peter Singer & Richard Dawkins – Living Ethically, Vegetarianism, Abortion, Charles Darwin (43m) watch

Steven Pinker – The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Uncut Interviews(1h 8m) watch

The Psychology of Religion – Steven Pinker (41m) watch

Sam Harris on Veganism (22m) watch

Sam Harris’ Greatest Anti Religion Speech EVER!! (10m) watch

Sam Harris Explains Religions (30m) watch

Sam Harris on religious belief (Full) (55m) watch

Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris in Conversation on Religion, Atheism and Morality (1:17)   watch

The Four Horseman – Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennet, Harris [2007] (1:57) watch

Christopher Hitchens – Last Public Appearance – Dawkins Award [2011] (29m)

Christopher Hitchens – Mother Teresa: Hell’s Angel (23m)
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Christopher Hitchens on the CIA, Ayn Rand, Atheism, Drug Decriminalization (1996) (55m) watch

Was Henry Kissinger a War Criminal? Christopher Hitchens on the Controversy (2001) (1:29) watch

Christopher Hitchens on Nelson Mandela (1985) (55m) watch

Christopher Hitchens on Barack Obama (53m) watch

‘The Hitch’ A Christopher Hitchens Documentary (1:15) watch

Richard Dawkins: The Rational Revolutionary (1:33) watch

Sam Harris & Neil deGrasse Tyson On Race (17m) watch

IDIOT PROOFING Veganism (7m) – Sam Harris watch

Sam Harris Answers Why TRUMP Won – Nailed It (7m) watch

Vegan lifestyle is morally superior – Richard Dawkins (3m) watch

Jerry DeWitt – “Hope After Faith” (48m) watch

Jennifer Hancock has 4 videos at Amazon watch

New articles of humanist interest

David Breeden, Happy Holidays From the Cruel Optimisms read

Gleb Tsipursky, Guiding Document – Rational Politics read

Michael Shermer, How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail read

Text of PZ Myers’ speech at the RefuseFascism.org organizational meeting read

Mano Singham, Black atheists and feminism (rev. Christopher Cameron’s new book) read

An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (1) read

Valerie Tarico, Why It’s Time to Call Bullshit on Prayer Requests read

The Humanist Hour, The Humanist Hour #222: The Future of Humanism: New Voices for the 21st Century, Part 1 “First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis put on a conference to celebrate their first hundred years as a humanist congregation. The centerpiece of this conference was a panel discussion on the future of humanism, its challenges and what humanism can do to rise to the occasion. The panelists were William Hart, Anthony Pinn, Sonia Sarker, Chris Stedman, and Phil Zuckerman. If you haven’t heard of them all before today, well, that was part of the point of the panel.” listen

Charlie Jane Anders, The New Star Trek Series Finally Realizes Gene Roddenberry’s Ultimate Vision “From its beginnings more than 50 years ago, Star Trek has always been about humanism. Creator Gene Roddenberry was famously a secular humanist himself, and he spoke eloquently about wanting to portray a future in which people use science to solve our own problems.” read

The Humanist Hour #219: Bo Bennett on Uncomfortable Ideas listen

Ernie Chambers, I Am What I Am, and Other Truths read

Sincere Kirabo, Book Review: Is The Atheist My Neighbor? (Randall Rauser) read

psychologytoday.com, David Niose, Why Are We So Powerless? read

Robert M. Price, Is Secular Humanism a Religion After All? read

Ronald A. Lindsay, Male Circumcision and Self-Determination read

David Breeden, Better Living Through #Cynicism read

portside.org, The Peace Movement and Resistance in Dark Times read

Dave Churvis, Being Openly Secular During the Holidays read

Valerie Tarico, Here are 5 reasons to suspect Jesus never existed read

samharris.org, The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence A Conversation with Stuart Russell listen

David Breeden, Kick the Dog, Pet the Dog—Off-Loading Anxiety read

CFI, The Question Christians Must Now Ask Themselves read

Gleb Tsipursky, Applying The Scientific Method To Charity read

samharris.org, Complexity & Stupidity Podcast Transcript [David Krakauer] listen

Humanist Hub, Humanist Hub Blog Connect. Act. Evolve. read

Colin Marshall, Carl Sagan’s Ambitious College Reading List: Plato, Shakespeare, Gide, and Plenty of Philosophy, Math & Physics (1954) read

[BHA] Lord Dubs awarded Humanist of the Year 2016 read

James A. Haught, Holy Horrors: Witch-Hunts (exc. from 2002 book) read

Obama gives Bill Maher hell about atheists wanting “a little more love”: “You seem to have done all right with your TV show” watch

Rob Boston, Now’s The Time To Recommit To The Vision Of Roger Williams read

Hemant Mehta, Notable Atheists and Scientists Are Disassociating from the Secular Policy Institute (2015) read

Valerie Tarico, If “Nothing Fails Like Prayer,” Why Do People Keep at It? read

Robyn Blumner and Richard Dawkins at Grand Canyon read

David Breeden, A Republic If You Can Keep It read

Andrew Copson, We must resist “debased” forms of freedom of religion or belief read

New articles of humanist interest

New PRRI survey shows increases in non-religious. read

CFI’s Campaign for Free Expression. read

Patricia Miller, IS THE RISE OF “NONES” ACTUALLY THE DECLINE OF CATHOLICS? read

Kaya Oakes, THEY’RE NOT COMING BACK: THE RELIGIOUSLY UNAFFILIATED AND THE POST-RELIGIOUS ERA. read

Rabbi Michael Lerner at Muhammad Ali’s memorial (8 min). watch

Kelly Besecke, Reflexive Spirituality: Seeking the Spiritual Experience in a Modern Society. read

Roy Speckhardt on thelinks between Islam and otrror. read

James Croft, What’s Next? read

Roy Speckhardt, Ignorance Won. Can We Return To Reason? read

centerforinquiry.net, We Face a Grim Reality – A Message from the Desk of Eddie Tabash, Chair of the Center for Inquiry read

New articles of humanist interest

Humanists Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe read

Eddie Tabash: Church-State Separation and the Supreme Court in 2016 (50 m). listen

Gleb Tsipursky, How The Trump Foundation Scandal Hurts The Nonprofit Sector read

Gleb Tsipursky, Life’s Most Incredible Events Explained (Just a Coincidence?) read

Humanist Group Combats Religious Discrimination of Homeless, Transgender Individuals read

David Breeden, One hindrted years of humanism at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, the “cathedral” of religious humanism. read

John Dietrich, pioneer of “religious humanism” is being celebrated at he First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. Many of his writings are digitally available. read

New articles of humanist interest

New PRRI survey shows increases in non-religious. read

CFI’s Campaign for Free Expression. read

Patricia Miller, IS THE RISE OF “NONES” ACTUALLY THE DECLINE OF CATHOLICS? read

Kaya Oakes, THEY’RE NOT COMING BACK: THE RELIGIOUSLY UNAFFILIATED AND THE POST-RELIGIOUS ERA. read

Rabbi Michael Lerner at Muhammad Ali’s memorial (8 min). watch

Kelly Besecke, Reflexive Spirituality: Seeking the Spiritual Experience in a Modern Society. read

Roy Speckhardt on thelinks between Islam and otrror. read

New articles of humanist interest

New site: Center for Freethought Equality. read

Robyn Blumner, Democrats diss atheists, but still count on our votes. read

Penn Jillette’s case for libertarianism. read

New Humanist site. read

Victor Narro, Understanding Unconditional Love and Forgiveness from The Gospel of Simon. read

David Niose, Political Progress for Nonreligious Americans. read

IHEU: This is not our secularism / Ce n’est pas notre laïcité. read

Honey Kochphon Onshawee, GlobalPlus: Humility. read

C.J. Polychroniou: Burkini Bans, New Atheism and State Worship: Noam Chomsky on Religion in Politics. read

IHEU: “Timeless Solutions” – Asian Humanism Conference looks to the future. read

Bruno the Brave, Stephanie Merritt. “We don’t know on precisely what grounds Bruno was condemned to death…..[Frances Yates:] ’People like Giordano Bruno are immunised from a sense of danger by their sense of mission, or their megalomania, or the state of euphoria bordering on insanity in which they constantly live.’….Even now, he remains an outsider, and perhaps that is what gives his story its enduring power.” read

Albert Einstein on God. read

John Shook: Panentheism and Peirce’s God: Theology Guided by Philosophy and Cosmology. read

Patheos: The Secular Spectrum (free subscribe). read

Penn Jillette’s case for libertarianism. read

New Humanist site. read