Atheist musician Jeremy Messersmith tells RNS how his experiences as a former Christian inspired his most recent album, what he believes now, and why relating to his religious family can feel like going to a Renaissance Festival.
In Joni Eareckson Tada’s world, the real tragedy isn’t that Brittany Maynard is terminally ill. It’s that she’s chosen to manage her suffering in a way Tada finds personally offensive.
“Despite frequent tokenistic calls for ‘diversity’ within the ‘movement,’ there are virtually no people of color in executive management positions in any of the major secular, atheist, or Humanist organizations.” Author and activist Sikivu Hutchinson tells RNS how a new conference is working to change that.
Ben Affleck, Bill Maher, and Sam Harris debated Islam over the weekend. But their debate was lacking something incredibly important: The voices and perspectives of Muslims and ex-Muslims.
Unfamiliarity with Ethical Culture—a nontheistic, Humanist religion—is more common among some atheists than it should be. Anne Klaeysen tells RNS about the history of Ethical Culture, the challenges it faces today, and what the atheist movement can learn from the original “atheist church.”
“There’s more power to change minds in that moment than in a thousand debates.” Dale McGowan tells RNS why so many people conflate atheism with anti-theism and what atheists can gain from interfaith work.
Dr. Monica Miller, Professor of Religion and Africana Studies and author of ‘Religion and Hip Hop’, tells RNS how looking to hip-hop and African American Humanism can improve discussions about race among atheists.
“I’m the only elected official in Pennsylvania that didn’t have to set foot in a house of worship to get elected.” Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims tells RNS about his his faith in humanity and being a nonreligious gay Democrat in a Republican state.
If we want to help people truly understand why language like “under God” marginalizes atheists, we need to work with religious people and focus on building relationships with believers.