challenging religious privilege in public life

John G. Messerly


Life is Ephemeral

We have many cults, but I reject them all. Instead, I will keep my little light of reason, even though I am lost in time.

Outgrowing Religion

I left what Carl Sagan called the demon-haunted world of religion, and entered one lit by science and reason.

Why Does the World Exist?

Jim Holt’s book, "Why Does the World Exist?", tackles the question that Martin Heidegger characterized as the greatest in all philosophy.

America Is Growing Apart, Possibly for Good

When we think about the US, we make the error of imagining it as a single nation, a marbled mix of Red and Blue people.

Religion and Transhumanism

Religious people want to overcome the limitations of the body and mind and live forever, as do transhumanists.

The Supposed Dangers of Techno-Optimism

There is no risk-free way to proceed into the future. In the end, only science and technology properly applied have the power to save us.

A Glorious Future

Humans are not an end, but a beginning. They need not fear imaginary gods, but need instead to create minds more powerful than the gods.

Western Philosophy – The Beginnings of Rationalistic Thinking

We can only speculate as to the extent of our scientific knowledge today had the spirit the first Greek philosophers continued unabated.

Is There an Afterlife?

The scientific winds are blowing against these ancient beliefs. So while immortality is logically possible, it’s easy enough to see it isn’t plausible.

Transhumanism – How Science Will Make Us Immortal

The opponents of progress may have legitimate fears about future technologies, or they may be guided by ignorance and irrationality.