Archive for July, 2007

“Theology is a thing of unreason altogether, an edifice of assumptions and dreams, a superstructure weithout a substructure.”
Ambrose Bierce
A few weeks ago, a Time magazine cover story was concerned with what Mormon Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney believes. Once again, Time grappled with the thorny issue of a politician’s non-Protestant religious doctrines. More recently, […]

“An inch ahead…total darkness.”
Buddhist saying
“Beliving in God is religion only if you are intimidated by God. If…you stand up straight and refuse to surrender you may be a humanist…Denouncing God is not very useful. Pursuing dignity is.”
Sherwin Wine
By now every person whose life was touched by Rabbi Wine feels gut-punched by fate. […]

(I emailed this letter today.)
Dear Voice of the People:
It has been several days since the death of Rabbi Sherwin Wine, founder of Humanistic Judaism, and I wait in vain for a follow-up piece. A profile, perhaps. Even better: an opportunity for you to acquaint your readers with a truly great man and to […]

“Judaism is a human creation, as are all putatively immutable faiths. Humanism has the last word.”
Joseph Chuman, “The Courage and Creativity of Sherwin Wine”
By now a tidal wave of tribute to Sherwin Wine is building within the world of people who knew, loved, and followed him, and deservedly so.
It’s a disappointingly small part of […]

As those in the secular-humanistic community, and perhaps others besides, already know, Rabbi Sherwin Wine, founder of Humanistic Judaism, died yesterday in a car accident.
This was the sort of man who comes along only a few times in a century: a nearly-unique combination of humor, brilliance, charisma, empathy, courage and integrity.

That he […]

“The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.”
George Bernard Shaw
Religion corrupts the mind.
In these writings I’ve mostly been concerned with the harmfulness of religious beliefs at the personal level – you have to silence […]

“As long as every question is answered by the word ‘god,’ no scientific inquiry is possible.”
“The churches have no confidence in each other. Why? Because they are acquainted with each other.”
Robert Ingersoll
It is my firm contention that we must always strive to understand the adversary, which is religious belief, not believers themselves, […]

Being Jewish

“Just listen to my Mother call me ‘Shoi-win.’”
Rabbi Sherwin Wine, on being asked how he could call himself Jewish.
A reader asks how I can be both an atheist and a Jew. This dual identity has been a part of me for so long that I take it for granted. During my years at […]

“You wanted blood [after 9/11], and now you want to forget you wanted blood. In your desperation to be strong, you were weak. America always has been a war happy nation, and until we take responsibility for that — instead of blaming these bad leaders we somehow randomly keep electing — we’re going […]

“Where it is a duty to worship the sun, it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.”
John Morley
Pope Benedict XVI is one very bad dude. Cardinal Ratzinger (or “Ratzo,” as we used to call him in seminary – JUST KIDDING!) is an unflinching exponent of the hard line, […]

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