Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the Modern World: Is Being a "Nice Guy" Good Enough?

Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the Modern World: Is Being a "Nice Guy" Good Enough?

I was driving home from work today when I heard an interesting blurb about some conciliatory remarks made by Pope Francis I towards homosexuals... While I am pleased that we have a man who seems grounded by humanist ideals, I am concerned. If Francis cannot fundamentally change the doctrines of the church, there is little hope that any substantive change will happen in the long-term.

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The Secular Holy Trinity: Atheism, Skepticism, and Humanism

The Secular Holy Trinity: Atheism, Skepticism, and Humanism

William and I filmed another podcast earlier this week, but this one took on a distinctly different feel from the moment we started recording. For the first time, we did not settle on a single topic, but instead briefly explored a large number of interconnected issues relevant to atheism, skepticism, secularism and philosophy... In light of this, I wanted to briefly give my thoughts on what I feel is the natural relationship between atheism, human and skepticism – how they reinforce, define, and ultimately serve one another.

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Who's Pulling the Strings? God, Agency, and You

Who's Pulling the Strings? God, Agency, and You

Another week, another essay! This time I’d like to focus on the intersection of agency and its relationship with the divine and the world in which we human beings find ourselves. This topic bubbled up into my consciousness from two different directions, and I think it can be a useful subject to explore for those aiming to advance a humanist and secular (atheist, agnostic, etc.) worldview, or for those who at the very least want to temper religious zealotry wherever possible.

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Humanism With a Dash of Pessimism

Steven's recent entry, found here, got me thinking.. am I an asshole for the way I am evangelizing my godless viewpoints? I think not, and I intend on defending myself from what was obviously not an attack... Which I think means I win already? Steven is absolutely right to focus on humanity and the hope that we can, as ass-backward monkey-men hellbent on ruining the world for future generations, get things right in the long run. I share the desire for a productive, fruitful humanity.

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Atheism With a Dash of Empathy

I'm going to rock the [37G] boat a bit here: I'm not here to end your religion. I was raised as a 7 Day Creationist, and generally believed in the Protestant narrative until college. These days if you ask me, I'll tell you I'm an Atheist, but I've begun to identify more and more as a Humanist (the capital H is a shortcut for secular humanism, which is typically Atheist or Agnostic). Ideally, I prefer to identify as "Steven" or "that sexy man with a beard", but we all end up with labels.

So, what's with the Humanism distinction?

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