“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.
Most Humanists recognize that the climate crisis represents a serious threat to our biosphere and civilization. But much of the dialogue among atheists and Humanists centers on the “debate” between scientists and climate deniers—and this is a mistake.
“I became an atheist because I’m not a joiner,” CNN host S.E. Cupp says in a recent video. ‘Atheists aren’t joiners’ is a common stereotype—but that doesn’t mean we can’t be ‘joiners,’ or that there aren’t potential benefits.
It’s time for humanists to dig deeper. It’s time for humanists to stop being so lazy regarding issues of race violence. Race and the consequences of our racist society must become a priority within the humanist movement.
As an atheist and a queer person, I’m not surprised by Gallup’s finding that fewer LGBTQ people are religious. But I want to caution all people—atheists included—against celebrating this.
World Humanist Congress speaker and “His Dark Materials” author Philip Pullman talks with RNS about atheism, Humanist funerals, and what atheists can learn from Jesus.