Archive: Greg M. Epstein
There is no one, no perspective--neither religious nor secular, neither theological nor scientific-- that can tell you everything you need to know about whom to love, when to have sex, or how to make relationships work. Anyone who claims that kind of authority is lying. To you, or to themselves, or both.
By Greg M. Epstein | April 22, 2010; 08:53 AM ET | Comments (1)
There is a huge moral problem with asking our soldiers, who in some cases risk their lives on our behalf nearly every minute of their day, to be less than honest, or less than open, or to treat gay American military personnel as less than fully equal.
By Greg M. Epstein | February 10, 2010; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (3)
Hume made the kind of choice American society affords, even encourages one to make, and later encouraged another person in crisis to make a similar choice. In a way he is right to ask: what is so surprising about that?
By Greg M. Epstein | January 12, 2010; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (2)
If Humanist organizations are celebrating the holidays more publicly these days, it is because the holidays are not about God. In fact, the holiday season is all about human problems. None of these holiday rituals -- lights, gifts, family gatherings -- requires a belief in any sort of God. It'd be absurd to suggest that only religious people can or should celebrate at this time of year.
By Greg M. Epstein | November 25, 2009; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (15)
Of course we can be good without God. Millions of Americans are. If you think we can't be good without God, that's not just your opinion. That's not just some brainstorm that crossed your mind. It is prejudice. And it might even be discrimination.
By Greg M. Epstein | October 28, 2009; 01:40 AM ET | Comments (7)
Nuclear disarmament is a human issue that transcends religion, and even transcends squabbles between religious and nonreligious people.
By Greg M. Epstein | October 2, 2009; 04:43 PM ET | Comments (428)
President Obama made positive inaugural mention of a word that rarely crosses the lips of lesser politicos, and the online crowd of religious skeptics went wild. I too was pleasantly surprised to see the President return to his previous practice of extending a rhetorical hand to my community in his oratory.
By Greg M. Epstein | January 23, 2009; 06:35 AM ET | Comments (18)
The golden rule is achingly important because it hurts to think how often our neighbors brush us aside, violence in their words if not their fists. It hurts us to be merely a pink and brown object in their way, rather than a human being who will feel the same way about their behavior as they would if they had to endure it.
By Greg M. Epstein | November 14, 2008; 06:39 AM ET | Comments (19)
The U.S. is not merely a "Christian Nation." We have become something new entirely: the world's first truly "Interfaith Nation." If we embrace the values of religious pluralism, our diversity will be a rich resource, rather than a source of division.
By Greg M. Epstein | August 28, 2008; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (57)
Today at least 1 in 5 American young people are non-religious. If the military is going to serve its soldiers fairly, the time has come to do more to reach out to this population. Why not take a bold step and recruit Humanist chaplains for all branches of the armed forces?
By Greg M. Epstein | July 25, 2008; 04:22 AM ET | Comments (42)
The good Dr. Williams would have done much better for his Church, his people, and for British Muslims by demanding a completely secular government.
By Greg M. Epstein | February 18, 2008; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (20)
Should the non-religious join and support specifically religious campaigns and coalitions?
By Greg M. Epstein | November 11, 2007; 02:42 PM ET | Comments (47)
The universe is not fair. If there is to be any justice in existence, we and only we must put it there.
By Greg M. Epstein | October 11, 2007; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (49)
I have zero belief in god, gods, goddesses, or any other manner of supernatural spirits....My conviction that this life is all I have, however, is precisely why I don't want to spend my days focused on the worst in religion. I prefer seeking the best in each of us. I am not an antitheist, and not simply an atheist, but a Humanist.
By Greg M. Epstein | October 1, 2007; 09:10 AM ET | Comments (106)