Human life is under the absolute dominion of two mighty principles, fear and hope. Any one who can make these serve his ends may be sure of rapid fortune. - Lucian, in his Alexander the Oracle Monger
Alexander is a work of secularist literature written by 2nd Century Roman satirist Lucian, who tells the story of a false prophet of Apollo. It depicts the…Continue
"¡Hemos nombrado el error principal de la mente humana, la pesadilla de la felicidad humana, el pervertidor de la virtud humana! ¡Es la religión, esa moneda oscura de la ignorancia temblorosa! ¡Es la religión, esa envenenadora de la felicidad humana! ¡Es la religión, esa guía ciega de la razón humana! ¡Es la religión, esa detronadora de la virtud humana que yace en la raíz de todo el mal y toda la miseria que impregnan el mundo!"
- Frances Wright, en uno de…Continue
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I was caught by surprise recently when I bumped into a secularist, perhaps a bit blasphemous, animated film titled Sita Sings the Blues. It is a re-telling of the story of Sita from a critical and non-devotional perspective. The film is based on the Hindu…Continue
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A major immigrant crisis is brewing along the Mexico-US border where thousands of children are crossing without their parents, fleeing what seems like gang warfare. According to some estimates, nearly 70,000 people have died recently in Mexico as a result of drug-related conflict. While we must not diminish the importance of US foreign…Continue
This week, The Humanist posted a poll on whether we support France’s ban on women publicly wearing burqas.
Bill Maher jokingly says that Arab men keep their women in beekeper suits, but this is no joking matter. Women are silenced, made invisible daily in many parts of the world and the incursion of Muslims into Europe is bringing many unwanted traditions, such as honor killings, arranged marriage of…Continue
My new book Tending the Epicurean Garden is now live on amazon. I am very thrilled that, after the many months of hard work that went into the book, I'm finally able to take others on this adventure with me to discover Epicureanism on its own terms.
There are sources on Epicureanism, but many are indirect and some are hostile. It's important for us in the Epicurean movement that…Continue
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The above link is to the tumblr page; it has many shareable secular humanist memes, links to articles, quotes, etc. that can be easily shared on social media. Please share them!
January 2014 saw the inaugural issue of the Society of Friends of Epicurus’ newsletter, titled Happy 20th. SFE is the first contemporary attempt a Humanist missionary work of this kind and is dedicated to the teaching mission of the Epicurean Gardens. If you’re interested in Humanism, philosophy, prudence, criticizing consumerism, living a frugal and simple…Continue
Originally posted in the Society of Friends of Epicurus page.
Karl Marx’s fascination with the ancient atomists led him to base his dissertation on Democritus and Epicurus: an early symptom of his future career as a materialist philosopher. However, from their respective vantage points in history, Marx and Epicurus both reacted against…Continue
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ugh wiping their butts with the constitution in Alabama ...
MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The Montgomery Police Department is coming under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union and national atheists groups for training ministers to respond to crime scenes.
American Atheists Inc. and the Freedom from Religion…Continue
Originally written for Society of Epicurus, the following piece delves into the relationship between architecture and ideology, experience, identity and worldview. It also evaluates the Epicurean model of the Garden as a place of human flourishing. Epicurus' philosophical (hedonistic) schools were known as 'Gardens' and were oases of reason, serenity and pleasure.
Notice, on the other hand and by way of contrast, how Stoicism derives its name from the stoas, the places that face the…Continue
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I have to say I profoundly disagree with this piece, but it's worth a read. And he gets it wrong when he claims the pope is not homophobic: he carried out an anti gay campaign in Argentina, which recently was the first country in Latin America to approve gay marriage, but these things are swept under the rug when other more pressing issues come to…Continue
Pat said gays in San Francisco are using special rings to infect other people with AIDS when they shake hands. This page is calling for a boycott of CBN saying:
Tell CBN: It's time for Pat Robertson to go.
I don't have a lot of experience with boycotts but for the sake of solidarity, how can we get a list of…Continue
“What about God’s creation called a fetus?” Rush Limbaugh asked on his radio show Monday. “See, in my humble opinion, folks, if you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming.”