In this month’s show, Todd and Kim interview Dr. Anthony B. Pinn, a member of the American Humanist Association Board of Directors, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, and Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies. He is a prolific author and public intellectual working at the intersections of African-American religion, constructive theology, and humanist thought. The issues and topics covered by Dr. Pinn include his newest book, an autobiography titled "Writing God’s Obituary: How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist"; redemptive suffering; the relationship between humanism, hip hop, and jazz; the concept of theodicy; the issues of diversity in the humanist movement—including suggestions to make improvements; how sex and the human body are seen as shameful by many religious adherents; and more. For complete details and show links, click here: http://thehumanist.com/multimedia/podcast/the-humanist-hour-92-dr-anthony-b-pinn+ More details
In this month’s show, Todd and Kim interview four Humanist Press authors, discovering the diversity of quality books being offered by the publishing arm of the American Humanist Association, including fiction, poetry and history. Listen as Todd and Kim discuss, among other things, how each author incorporates humanist ideas into their work and and why it matters. For detailed show notes and links, visit podcast.thehumanist.org/2013/11/the-humanist-hour-89-four-humanist-press-authors/+ More details
In this month’s podcast, Todd Stiefel’s co-host is Kim Ellington. Together they interview A. C. Grayling, the author of "The God Argument – The Case Against Religion and For Humanism." Kim Ellington, co-host Kim is a secular activist and lifelong atheist originally from New Hampshire. She now lives in North Carolina working to separate church and state. She is in her second year as a board member of the Triangle Freethought Society and has been a member for about four years. She is also on the board of Camp Quest South Carolina, a member of the American Humanist Association and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and a mother of an 8-year-old daughter. The work she does in the freethought and civil rights movement is to make the world a more reasonable place for her daughter and all future generations. A. C. Grayling Professor Anthony Grayling is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects. His newest book is The God Argument – The Case Against Religion and For Humanism. He publishes under the name A. C. Grayling. The God ArgumentCo-hosts Todd Stiefel and Kim Ellington talk to A. C. about his new book, which takes a look at the kinds of reasons someone would have for not holding a religious commitment in the first half and the arguments in favor of humanism in the second half. Grayling describes a humanist in several ways during the interview, including those who think that our ethical outlook has to be premised on our best understanding of human experience. “Fundamentally, humanism is not a doctrine,” Grayling says. “It’s not a set of prescriptions or instructions about how to live. Rather, it’s an attitude. And the attitude is, we have to think for ourselves; we’ve got to take responsibility for ourselves, and in taking that responsibility we have to think how relate to, to care for, be good neighbors to our fellows in the human story,” adding, “Generous really is the word, generous and kind.” He also outlines his reasons why we should not see The Golden Rule as ideal.”We can’t, each of us, think that we’re the standard or the benchmark for what tastes, interests and desires other people have,” Grayling points out. “We have to allow them to make those choices, of course within negotiated limits about the parameters of communal living, but in a way that really does allow people to make meaning in their lives because that’s where meaning comes from.” For more information on this or other episodes of The Humanist Hour, visit thehumanisthour.org+ More details
In this month’s show, Todd and Kim interview Dr. Peter Boghossian, philosopher and the author of "A Manual for Creating Atheists." Listen and Todd and Kim talk to Dr. Boghossian about many topics including his new book, "A Manual for Creating Atheists,” the “faith virus,” how to get religious believers to change their way of thinking, the non-theist sense of wonder, gateway beliefs, and a new TV project called “The Reason Whisperer.” Complete show notes and links here: http://podcast.thehumanist.org/2013/12/the-humanist-hour-90-dr-peter-boghossian/+ More details
In this month’s podcast, Todd and Kim interview author, speaker and humanist advocate Nikki Stern. Listen as they discuss her latest books Hope in Small Doses and Because I Say So: The Dangerous Appeal of Moral Authority, including her humanist-fueled insights into the complex nature of hope, how hope is often misunderstood, the need to teach hope to children, looking for hope in the midst of wide-spread injustice, and more. Complete show details, including links, can be found here: http://podcast.thehumanist.org/2013/10/the-humanist-hour-88-nikki-stern-hope-can-be-found/+ More details
In this month’s show, Todd and Kim interview Sanderson Jones, co-founder of The Sunday Assembly. Along with Pippa Evans, Sanderson Jones co-founded the rapidly growing global phenomenon called The Sunday Assembly. Learn how comedians Sanderson and Pippa came up with The Sunday Assembly slogan: Live better, help often, and wonder more. Find out why the term “atheist church” some people are employing to describe The Sunday Assembly is used reluctantly, and how the songs for their assemblies are chosen, an element for which they are becoming increasingly well-known. For complete show notes, visit: http://podcast.thehumanist.org/2014/01/the-humanist-hour-91-sanderson-jones-sunday-assembly-co-founder/+ More details
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