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Atheism and Unitarian Universalism: An Interlude

Reading Time: 2 minutes Apropos of my recent posts on whether Unitarian Universalism is welcoming to atheists, I just got the winter 2011 issue of UU World magazine. And guess who wrote the blurb in this book ad I saw on the front page (click the image on the left to enlarge and read the whole thing). It says: […]

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Can an Atheist Be a Unitarian Universalist? (Part 3)

Reading Time: 4 minutes In my previous post in this series, I quoted a shockingly anti-atheist letter written by Rev. John Buehrens, former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. This letter repeated all the worst falsehoods and prejudices of fundamentalist proselytizers: failing to draw any distinction between peaceful activism and violent coercion, accusing all outspoken atheists of collective guilt […]

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Can an Atheist Be a Unitarian Universalist? (Part 2)

Reading Time: 3 minutes In my previous post, I quoted the letter I wrote to John Buehrens, Unitarian Universalist minister, to ask if he stood behind the anti-atheist denunciations in his book A Chosen Faith. The same evening I sent it, I got a response. I regret to report that not only did Buehrens not express regret for his […]

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Can an Atheist Be a Unitarian Universalist? (Part 1)

Reading Time: 5 minutes As I’ve mentioned in the past, my wife and I have for several years been attending a Unitarian Universalist church in the New York area. Unitarian Universalism is officially a religion without faith or creed: its foundational seven principles are only about acting morally, and none of them specify belief in God as a requirement. […]

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Words Worth Reading: The Mother’s Day Proclamation

Reading Time: 2 minutes As you probably already know, today is Mother’s Day. But I learned something very interesting about the holiday from a sermon today at the Unitarian Universalist church my wife and I attend, and I’d like to share it with you. Given how rampantly commercial Mother’s Day has become, you might be forgiven for assuming, as […]

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Charity Yes, Interfaith No?

Reading Time: 3 minutes We atheists are nothing if not argumentative, and the latest argument is over whether an atheist can or should participate in “interfaith” charitable work. Chris Stedman, a member of the humanist chaplaincy at Harvard, asserts that “we must actualize our commitments to justice and compassion” by participating in interfaith projects as often as possible. Ophelia […]

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Thoughts on the Occasion of My Marriage

Reading Time: 6 minutes If you’re a regular reader, you probably know that I got married last month. Until now, I haven’t said much about the event itself on Daylight Atheism. But now that I’m back from my honeymoon (slightly sunburned, but happy!) and I’ve had some time to reflect, I wanted to put into words some of my […]

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