Category Archives: ethics

Podcast #269 – Seven Types of Atheism

I discuss John Gray’s latest book, a critique of 21st century mainstream secularism. Gray argues that Western liberalism is just Christianity warmed over, and it’s wrong anyway. Plus: It’s Darwin Day! We celebrate the 210th birthday of Charles Darwin. Valentine’s … Continue reading

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Podcast #267 – Dan Barker (Mere Morality)

I interview Dan Barker (co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation and co-host of the weekly show Freethought Radio) about his new book Mere Morality. What’s the minimum requirement to be considered a decent human being? Can morality be boiled … Continue reading

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Podcast #263 – Too Faithful to Be Faithless

A Texas member of the Electoral College has resigned rather than cast a vote for Donald Trump, stating that the president-elect is not “biblically qualified” to hold office. Also in Texas, the Republican-controlled government is implementing a new regulation requiring … Continue reading

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Good Riddance, Roy Moore…

…although I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of him. In case you haven’t been following the news, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been permanently suspended without pay for the remainder of his term by the state’s Judicial Inquiry … Continue reading

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May 15 in freethought history…

May 15, 1876 – Felix Adler delivers a “Founding Address” at the first gathering of what would become the New York Society for Ethical Culture. He concluded his speech by saying, “The time calls for action. Up, then, and let us … Continue reading

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April 19 in freethought history…

April 19, 1882 - Charles Darwin dies at Down House, Kent, England, aged 73. He was the co-discoverer, with Alfred Russel Wallace, of evolution by natural selection. His books include The Voyage of the Beagle, On the Origin of Species, The … Continue reading

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April 15 in freethought history…

April 15, 1889 – African-American civil rights activist Asa Philip Randolph is born in Crescent City, Florida. Randolph was a key figure in the fight to end discrimination in the defense industry and the US military, and he was head … Continue reading

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April 13 in freethought history…

April 13, 1743 (April 2, 1743 Old Style) – Thomas Jefferson is born in Shadwell, Virginia. His accomplishments were legion: he was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence; served as Minister to France during the American Revolution; served … Continue reading

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April 10 in freethought history…

April 10, 1905 - Founder of situational ethics and euthanasia activist Joseph Fletcher is born in Newark, New Jersey. He founded the Euthanasia Society of America, signed Humanist Manifesto II, and was named Humanist of the Year in 1974 by the … Continue reading

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February 22 in freethought history…

February 22, 1788 – Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer is born in what is now Gdansk, Poland. He is best known for his magnum opus The World As Will and Representation. His belief in the will-to-life as the underlying force in the world … Continue reading

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