I noticed that the SS went up on Saturday this week so thought I would add one for Sunday! I am offering a sort of potpourri of links for you to visit and consider:
- Go here for some interesting columns from the past. In fact there are cool links pasted all over this Blog that are worth investigating!
- The recent post linking to Nautilus is a window to many interesting articles.
- Also if you have lots of time check this out for many links to deeply philosophical talks.
- Like podcasts?
- Like lots of links? Try this.
Forkosch Awards Honor the Best in Secular Humanist Writing
Since 1988, CFI’s Council for Secular Humanism has presented the Morris D. and Selma V. Forkosch Awards, honoring the books and Free Inquiry articles that best represent and advance the values and ideals of secular humanism. Last week, the winners for 2015 and 2016 were bestowed upon a truly brilliant collection of works that range from the scholarly and academic to the deeply personal.
The 2016 Morris D. Forkosch book award was given to Ali A. Rizvi for The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason, in which he both recounts his own story of doubt and discovery, and seeks to reconcile a cultural Islam with a modern, progressive world. Rizvi took to Twitter to express his gratitude, calling CFI “an amazing organization.” (Rizvi was just the subject of a profile in a recent article at The Atlantic.) Sociologist Phil Zuckerman, head of secular studies at Pitzer College, won the Selma V. Forkosch article award for his Free Inquiry piece “Secularism and Social Progress.”
The book award for 2015 went to Mark A. Smith for Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics, a look at how religion has been compelled to adapt with the times, even more so than it has defined those times. Leah Mickens was the winner of the 2015 award for best Free Inquiry article for “Theology of the Odd Body: The Castrati, the Church, and the Transgender Moment,” which considers the Catholic Church’s sixteenth-century reliance on castrated male singers, contrasted with its current rigid notions of gender conformity.
Our congratulations to all the winners, with an eager eye to the next award-worthy works of secular humanist thought.
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