When I started writing this column, I set out with the goal of lifting up frequently overlooked nontheist perspectives—the atheist voices that are generally ignored by those who are only interested in narratives of conflict and certainty.
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.
Samar Badawi, Ensaf Haidar, and Elham Manea talk with RNS about their efforts to free Raif Badawi and Waleed Abu al-Khair—and explain what others can do to help.
When my sister was pregnant with her third child, I received an ultrasound image in the mail. Attached to it was a handwritten note: “Would you be my godfather… er… sponsor… ah… special person? You know what I mean.”
Anyone implying that you cannot truly support free expression unless you enthusiastically support Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons sets up a false dichotomy. Taking issue with these cartoons doesn’t make you an apologist for extremism—and suggesting otherwise isn’t just wrong, it’s harmful.
Phil Zuckerman, author of several books on secularism and founder of Pitzer College’s first-of-it-kind Secular Studies program, talks to RNS about whether or not “New Atheists” are responsible for the rise of the “nones.”
As we begin 2015, here’s a look back at the most read ‘Faitheist’ posts from last year—from whether or not atheists can be fundamentalists to why atheists shouldn’t call religion a mental illness.
Ryan Bell—the Christian pastor who spent 2014 living as an atheist—is ready for his big reveal. Bell tells RNS how he came to his decision and what it will mean to him and his loved ones.
If I was basing my impression on what I see reported on by Fox News and other networks, I would not think that less than 15 percent of atheists are anti-theists. In fact, I would assume the opposite.
From the popularity of ‘Cosmos’ on Fox-TV to the Roku launch of ‘Atheist TV’, from open atheist James Woods’s inspiring congressional campaign to Richard Dawkins’s less-than-inspiring tweets, atheists made headlines all year.