Everyday Humanism - Dale McGowan

Everyday Humanism - Dale McGowan

3. The Humanist Case for Cooperation

Everyday Humanism - Dale McGowan

Chris Stedman [+-]
Harvard University
Chris Stedman is Coordinator of Humanist Life at Yale University and former Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University. He received his Master’s in Religion (Pastoral Care and Counseling) from Meadville Lombard Theological School. Additionally, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Augsburg College in Minnesota. Stedman is the Emeritus Managing Director of State of Formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, a website for emerging religious and ethical thinkers. He writes for Huffington Post Gay Voices, Huffington Post Religion, The Washington Post On Faith, Religion Dispatches, Relevant, and other publications on issues relating to atheism and interfaith dialogue. Most recently, he wrote a book on his experiences as an atheist and interfaith activist called Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (2012).


Many nontheists unapologetically dream of a world without religion. Others, whether they see religion as good, bad, or mixed, advocate co-existence as the best way forward. This chapter argues against the common assumption that co-existence automatically entails uncritical acceptance of all beliefs and actions, describing instead a posture of "engaged co-existence" and suggesting ways that such a philosophy can play out in everyday life.

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Stedman, Chris. 3. The Humanist Case for Cooperation. Everyday Humanism. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 29-47 Nov 2014. ISBN 9781781790458. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=20495. Date accessed: 14 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.20495. Nov 2014

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