Most humanists and other non-theists share a world view in most respects. Overblown as it is, the main bone of contention in this community seems to be about how much respect – if any – should be shown for religion’s role in history and society.
Alain de Botton is one of those atheists who holds religious culture in high regard. He has just written a book called Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion in which he suggests that non-believers have most of the same basic human needs as believers and should look to religion’s inventions for models of how to meet those needs. It is a fascinating proposition and one to which I obviously subscribe. Continue reading
Back in September I wrote a response to Rabbi Alan Lurie’s HuffPost blog about how God is only hiding because we don’t know what to look for. Lurie is a liberal “non-denominational” rabbi who is actually a very successful businessman and architect. I am certain he applies sounder thinking to his business interests than to his teaching about God.
Last week he took up the topic of “How Could God Have Allowed the Holocaust?” He began in the expected way: Continue reading
In the wake of the attack on my blog, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about how and why I apply the term atheist to my blog and myself. Atheism is a word that evokes so much emotion, yet carries only the kernel of one idea. Since I have a few new readers, and no doubt some who are not atheists, I will do my best to explain myself and the reasons I started this blog. Continue reading
Once again, thank you to all of you who sent me words of encouragement. I’m happy that this blog is of interest to so many people.
Now back to business!
One of the things that I really benefit from as a member of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis is the collegiality of wonderful colleagues like Tamara Kolton, rabbi of the Birmingham Temple in suburban Detroit. When Prof. Richard Dawkins was on his most recent book tour, he stopped there and, in addition to delivering his lecture, he found time to interview Rabbi Kolton. Continue reading
For a few months now I have been a member of an online group called The Clergy Project.
This group was founded by leaders of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Its originators included Daniel Dennett, Linda LaScola, Richard Dawkins, Robin Cornwell and Dan Barker.
The Clergy Project is a private forum with about 100 members who are either active or former clergy and who have lost any belief in the supernatural. Many of them come from pretty fundamentalist backgrounds, including some who are still preaching in those kinds of churches. Continue reading