I know not all atheists identify as secular humanists, but for those that do—for the nonbelieving individuals and groups who, like me, contend for secular rights and ethical reasoning conducive to the wellbeing of all humans—I need you.
Author Archives: Chris Stedman
About Chris Stedman
Chris Stedman is Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community, Founding Emeritus Managing Director of State of Formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, a former Harvard University chaplain, and an alum of Interfaith Youth Core. He is the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious http://faitheistbook.com, which Booklist described in a starred review as "an intimate and deeply affecting portrait... [that] proves [he is] an activist in the truest sense and one to watch." Chris was named one of "five next-gen gurus who are disrupting religion's status quo" by Details magazine in 2013, and he has written for publications including Salon, CNN, msnbc, The Advocate, USA Today, The Rumpus, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post On Faith, Religion Dispatches, and Relevant.
As a racially polarized nation awaits the grand jury decision on the officer who killed unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, atheists and Humanists must step up on addressing STEM segregation and racism.
Why does Richard Dawkins, an experienced communicator who once served as Oxford’s Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, say that he feels misunderstood and muzzled?
True religious freedom won’t be accomplished by platitudes. It requires a comprehensive and balanced approach that’s all too often missing from the field.
What we celebrate when we recognize Carl Sagan Day is not only Sagan himself. We are really celebrating this amazing cosmos in which we live—and our capacity within it to experience beauty, make meaning, and find purpose.
“It feels as if there is no consistency in the decisions being made—and as such, it rings alarm bells in my mind,” Dr. Jason Heap, the first Humanist chaplain applicant for the U.S. Navy, tells RNS.
“There is a very powerful minority—about 19 percent—of military personnel representing evangelistic and anti-atheist constituencies in the military.” Former U.S. Army Captain and President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers Jason Torpy speaks with RNS.
In a time when more and more atheists are encouraging their fellow nonbelievers to be “openly secular,” I wonder if Boghossian sees any parallels between the celebratory spirit of LGBTQ pride and the joy many atheists find in being honest about what they believe.
Does skepticism take the fun out of Halloween? Paranormal investigators Bryan Bonner and Matthew Baxter tell RNS about about their strangest investigations and what they discovered when they investigated the hotel that inspired ‘The Shining.’