Making Good: Humanist Philanthropy and the Duty to Give

WHILE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES have long been touted as philanthropic and generous, with many datasets showing that religious people give more money to charities compared to their secular counterparts, humanism prides itself on compassion and mutual respect without the need of a higher power. Therefore, it’s an understandable frustration that religious...

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Upgrading our Humanism: Building a Lifestyle of Embodied Values

This article is adapted from a session presented at the 81st Annual Conference of the American Humanist Association in July 2022. One evening nearly a decade ago, I found myself with friends in a Chicago bar having a few drinks after a...

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Vonnegut and Jefferson and Jesus

WE ARE NEARING another Indendence Day, for which much of the credit goes to Thomas Jefferson, a progenitor of modern American democracy. A bit farther away is another occasion worth noting. This November 11 marks one hundred years since the birth of...

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Journeys to Humanism

This issue explores a variety of paths that people travel to find their way to humanism. The path for each person is different, and yet, they share a desire to find meaning and an ethical and rational means of addressing the challenges...

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Why We Need More Black Humanists in Academia

THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS who identify as nonreligious has been steadily growing over the last decade. The Gen Z demographic, in particular, is more willing to identify as humanist and atheist than past generations. Greater numbers of youth are questioning religious teachings...

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