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Meaninglessness among the nonreligious is not associated with reduced well-being—an important distinction.

The arrival of depopulation is an opportunity to rebuild civilization.

Emotion is vented, action is demanded—then time-tested methods of preventing action are applied.

Prepared by Nic Frame, Purdue Dept of Sociology

The secular defense of reproductive rights

80% of nonbelievers support a woman’s right to an abortion for any reason. This is significantly greater than any other religious affiliation except for Jewish, among the most secular of ethno-religious groups, with which it is virtually tied.


a weekly roundup by ML Clark

Lots of new voices to share this week, and plenty of seasoned writers pushing at our comfort zones. Whether it’s Jennifer Hancock’s episode of Human Story on humanism in Indian cinema, or Hemant Mehta exploring Idaho’s upcoming Republican atheist senator, or Jonathan MS Pearce conceding that a stopped clock is sometimes right, the name of the game is “holding ideas in tension”.

Which isn’t to say that tension isn’t already thrust upon us. Rick Snedeker’s deep dive through poor excuses for mass shootings and Kevin Davis’s thoughts on parental conversations in their wake join with Ann Herrold’s look at Colorado’s robust response to reproductive rights issues in confronting painful crises of the day. (Conversely, JH McKenna offers a welcome satirical tear-down of the “we need more guns” strategy.)

And there are background tensions, too: Marcus Johnson gives us the history of a recent pro-“republic” talking point, Lucien Greaves interrogates Supreme Court twistiness around religious liberty, Penny Edgell dismantles a common myth about “the crisis of meaning”, and Dale McGowan side-eyes the practice of heaping undue praise upon the dead.

But it’s work like “What do you miss (and not miss) about religion”, the latest Secular Symphony bringing new secular voices into self-reflective conversation, and Will Gervais’s deconstruction of the myth of rationalism as a cornerstone of atheism that really warms my heart. And keep an eye out for other work filed under “It Kills Me To Admit This”, because it’s easy to dull our thinking by refusing to acknowledge strong arguments from “the other side.”

Stay fierce, curious, kind—and introspective!