New articles of humanist interest

David Breeden on how we must not rely on religions to avert future Munich Pacts. “Here’s one of my touchstones: Gods that serve as underwriters of our own prejudices are best considered no gods at all…..The democracies eventually won, after they managed to generate even more vehemence and violence than the Axis powers could muster.” read

Ron Reagan 2015 FFFR Unabashed Atheist award. read

David Hoelscher on humanism and socialism. read

Sincere Kirabo on critical thinking, intersectionality, and identity politics. read

David Breeden on working around the problems caused by UUA “pluralism.” read

Gleb Tsipursky on lobbying legislators with reason and science. read

Resolutions at the UUA General Assembly. read

Eric Gordon on AHA Conference (in People’s World). read

Coverage of UUA General Assembly 2016. read

Religious experiences shrink part of brain. read

IHEU on anti-Dalit (caste) laws in India. read

New articles of humanist interest

David Breeden on why “a good life” is currently absent from political discourse. read

Sincere Kirabo on creating humanist change by activism. read

Justice Alito’s attack on atheists: Jan Millhiser. “The implication of Alito’s opinion is that the only basis for a moral or ethical viewpoint is religious faith. But that is an offensive suggestion that redefines the words “moral” and “ethical” in an idiosyncratic way.” read

New Ways to join CFI. read

New articles of humanist interest

David Breeden on Orlando. “Calling a lie a lie isn’t to fall victim to cynicism. It is, rather, the first step to seeing the problem clearly. We must work to liberate those oppressed by the society we find ourselves living in at the present.” read

British Humanist Association’s positions on the election. read

John W. Loftos, Debunking Christianity. read

Valerie Tarico: Evangelicals lke Trump because he is like the OT God. read

A brief history of Carl Sagan. read

William Eamon on six centuries of secularism. “Most historians agree that secularisation took hold in the period known as the ‘early modern’ – the era between about 1500 and 1750, when science, capitalism, religious crisis and the growth of centralised states coalesced to reshape Western consciousness.….In 1535, a Frankfurt printer named Christian Egenolff published the booklet Kunstbüchlein (Skills Booklet)….Another, far more famous, Renaissance how-to book that changed the course of history was Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince (1532) – a deeply pragmatic text about how to gain power and keep it.”…. [contra Weber] “Freed of ‘superstitious’ magical rituals, religion became a matter of internal conviction. But this claim is dubious. Technical literacy, then, led straight to Weber’s ‘disenchantment of the world’. It was a direct consequence of those how-to books that translated mysterious craft secrets into simple rules….Weber’s concept of charismatic leadership offers some insights. Charisma is founded on perceptions. It tends to arise in crisis situations.” read

Supports and challenges for humanists. Carlin Romano rev. Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh’s new book on ancient Chinese wisdom for present dilemmas. read

New articles of humanist interest

Ibn Warraq’s site includes this article on “How to argue with a Muslim : ‘Out of Context’.” read

Robert M. Price’s Patreon site. read

Robert Price, It All Boils Down to Stoicism. read

Univ. of Miami establishes chair for study of atheism. read

New Pew Research on atheists. read

Browse Daily Good. read

Gretta Vosper int. by Sincere Kirabo on being an atheist minister. read

David Breeden on humanism’s history and present. “Humanism is not a philosophy. It is a way of thinking. This naturalistic way of thinking values observation and reason, seeks to promote human liberation and justice, and works to benefit the planet and its living things. Humanism is about living a shared life and achieving a shared world.” read

Bertrand Russell has been a major mover of many toward humanism, and here are some of his favorite words. Check out the Open Culture site, one of the greatest web resources I have found. read

Einstein’s humanitarian roles — and his “cosmic religion.” read

Barry Klassel on finding “common ground” in interfaith activities. read