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    The Humanist Hour #143: What I Gained When I Lost My Religion, with Neil Carter

    Click here to download an audio file of this podcast. In this episode, Bo Bennett and Kim Ellington interview Mr. “Godless in Dixie,” Neil Carter. They discuss what it is like to be an atheist in the Deep South, and more generally, the benefits that come with living the secular life. From Neil’s website: What […]

    Astrobiology and the Religious Imagination

    What do religion and astrobiology have to do with each other? At first glance, not much. But they both concern the meaning of life, with many religions purporting to have answers to the “right” questions and science continually searching. For many, religious doctrines’ perspective on truth through antiquated, roundabout, and interpretable metaphors no longer provides […]

    The Slow Humanization of the Presbyterian Church

    When the 1.8 million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States, announced last week that its policies would change to allow ministers to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies, it reminded us that human sexuality has been a battleground in this denomination for the entirety of its existence. In fact, humanism was in […]

    Should Public Schools Close for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Holidays?

    Public school administrators have to consider numerous factors when deciding when class ought to be in session. Add religion into the mix of considerations and rational planning becomes impossible. If compelled to balance competing claims from all religious believers (and, for the sake of fairness, nonbelievers) with practical matters such as weather, national civic holidays, […]

    On the Hill: Schock to the System

    Last week, scandal struck the capital when Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising star out of Illinois, abruptly resigned his seat due to potential ethics violations. Schock’s finances received close scrutiny after a Washington Post story exposed how his congressional office underwent an expensive Downton Abbey-style remodeling, with all costs initially provided for by a donor. […]

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    The announcement of a new Netflix series about on a character who lived in an underground bunker as part of an apocalyptic cult for fifteen years caught my interest for obvious reasons. Humanists, who are naturally critical thinkers, often find it difficult to understand how some follow religion so blindly. What motivates someone to join […]

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