Energized by a recent Pew Research Center poll showing that atheists are more educated about religion than religious people, 370 atheists, humanists and other skeptics packed a ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel last weekend to debate the future of their movement.
So how do the Atheists & Humanists organize to promote their message? Here is what they want to promote – they just don’t agree on how to do it:
They agreed on two things: People can be good without religion, and religion has too much influence. But they disagreed about how stridently to make those claims.
This seems to be the source of the rift between the Faithed & the un-Faithed – it is the main argument that seems to fuel things like the ACLU going after religion in the schools & the government.
So what are your thoughts on this rift? How should the Faithed react & how should the un-Faithed come to common ground on how to meet the needs of those who need help from everybody & anybody?
Can these groups come together to work on ending homelessness together or is it too sensitive an issue for them to be seen working towards common goals for the benefit of those who don’t seem to get what they needs from either group alone?
Let’s get some discussion going here – let’s also find ways to talk in a common language about solutions to the issues of homelessness!
We’re ready to engage!
- Atheists Debate How Pushy to Be (nytimes.com)
- NY Times on “Pushy” Atheists and The Strategic Blunder of Inviting PZ Myers to Speak (bigthink.com)
- Social Progress vs. Endless War: Why do Atheists and Humanists Disagree? (bigthink.com)
- Atheists, agnostics know most about religion, survey says (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- HumanistLife : Americans “deeply ignorant about religion”, but atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons come out on top (humanistlife.org.uk)
- New Humanist Blog : Humanist heresy – why I’ve been called a prat, an accomodationist and Caspar Milquetoast (newhumanist.org.uk)
- Reach out to those without faith too | Keith Kahn-Harris (guardian.co.uk)
- A dead end on the God debate | Mark Vernon (guardian.co.uk)
- Atheists/Agnostics More Knowledgeable About Religion (psychologytoday.com)
- Interfaith dialogue for atheists? (newhumanist.org.uk)