Uncertain Humanism and the Water of Whiteness

IN 2005, one of today’s most revered American writers, David Foster Wallace (now deceased), delivered a commencement address to graduates of Kenyon College, titled “This Is Water.” The twenty-minute speech is worth a listen or read, freely available on YouTube and in Wallace’s eponymous 2009 collection, This Is Water: Some...

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Pathologies of Power

"A tyranny," Plato says in the Republic, "is the wretchedest form of government," and "a tyrant grows worse from having power: he becomes and is of necessity more jealous, more faithless, more unjust, more friendless, more...

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Secular Students Are Leading the Way

IN MY CAPACITY as the national organizing manager for the Secular Student Alliance, I’ve had the opportunity to meet thousands of students across the country who eschew religious belief or a religious identity but who are seeking like minds and a sense...

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Climate Justice: The Minnesota Model for Building a Better Future for Us All

ON MAY 18, 2019, the American Humanist Association’s Center for Education hosted the latest in its open lecture series, “Climate Justice: A Better Future for Us All.” Held at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, the event featured Minnesota state and regional...

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What’s Really behind Evangelicals’ Climate Denial?

  BY ALL ESTIMATES, the earth has gone through five mass extinctions, all of which were the direct result of some form of cataclysmic climate change. These cataclysmic changes were mostly caused by large amounts of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere; the...

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What a Secular Monument Looks Like

What do war memorials look like and what do they symbolize? What shapes do they take, and whom do they represent? AS PHYSICAL STRUCTURES erected to celebrate armed conflicts, war memorials in the modern era more often commemorate and honor the individuals...

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