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Public meeting

Spirituality and self-transformation for atheists, agnostics, skeptics and outsiders. If you don’t fit neatly into some religious or spiritual tradition, where do you find the inspiration, wisdom, guidance, support and community for transformation and fulfillment? How do you pursue your vision of a better life and world? Join us for a workshop and discussion Saturday, […]

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Bringing these ideas into the world

I’ve struggled mightily with when and if and how to bring my atheist spirituality ideas into the world. A high-powered editor, perfectly placed to evaluate the publication prospects of my work told me I need to build a platform. Without some articles published, a significant online following, or other indications that I have an audience […]

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Unorganized bibliography of unfinished God for Atheists book

Joas, Hans. Do We Need Religion? : on the Experience of Self-transcendence. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2008.
———. The Genesis of Values. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.
Taylor, Charles. A Secular Age. Princeton, NJ: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007.
———. Sources of the Self : the Making of the Modern Identity. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1989.
———. Varieties of Religion Today : William James Revisited. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002.

When rationality and critical judgment block us from what we need to learn

I got my first retweet and first hint of an actual public conversation with someone working in the area I’m writing about from James Croft in response to my half-baked musing on the first couple chapters of Good Without God (slightly elaborated here). @godforatheists “there are times when our rationality and critical judgment block us […]

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Humility and Serenity

O, Ms. X, Queen of the universe, still beacon in the swirling fog, Grant me peace and humility. I may be on the verge of getting some smidgeon of the recognition I’ve craved so long; Please, whatever happens — big change, big letdown, more uncertainty, more waiting — let it be for the benefit of […]

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Staunch atheist mythology

John Shook offers this very unappealing account of atheist mythology.  Staunch atheists do say a lot of awful stuff, undoubtedly including much of what is listed here.  But the project of collecting and summarizing the oft-repeated bits of atheist dogma or mythology is such an intriguing one, I wish the result had been more sympathetic […]

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Father’s Day Prayer

Real and imaginary Powers of the Universe, grant my Father’s Day prayer: Give me my children. Make them the center of my attention. Let me see and bask in the blaze of their beauty and humor and tenderness. Let me unpry my eyes from the sputtering bulb of my own preoccupations and be with them […]

Who will help the poor atheists?

Atheists exemplify a particular challenge for priests, gurus, therapists, teachers of every tradition. How do you transmit wisdom to people who are extra-sensitive to bullshit?  How do you reach the vulnerability of people always on the lookout for exploitation?  How do you build a community of people who don’t like to conform?  How do you […]

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