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Walker Bristol
Walker Bristol is a Humanist Quaker living in Somerville, Massachusetts. He serves as the Humanist-in-Residence at Tufts University, and studies spiritual care and counseling at Harvard Divinity School. He has previously worked with the Humanist Community at Harvard, Foundation Beyond Belief, and multiple secular student organizations fostering partnerships for service across lines of religious difference.

Entries by Walker Bristol

Why I Don't Grieve For Fred Phelps

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 11:05 AM

We all make heroes and villains out of people we've never met. Yet, we speak of them as if we know their humanity, as if we can treat them as we would treat our friends and adversaries. An outpour of grief for the death of American hatemonger Fred...

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The Problem With 'Religious Privilege'

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Atheists in America face some measure of discrimination, and we want a way to talk about that discrimination so that it's taken seriously. But our approach thus far is setting us back, and may even be putting us in conflict with identity groups -- indeed, religious identities -- who could...

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Continuing the Class Discussion

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2013 | 9:14 PM

This post originally appeared on NonProphet Status.

In the wake of my piece last week, "The New Atheist Movement Should Care About Poverty," a variety of commentators -- some a part of the movement, some unaffiliated atheists and agnostics, some religious -- have weighed in response. From...

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The New Atheist Movement Should Care About Poverty

(312) Comments | Posted February 2, 2013 | 1:17 PM

When new atheism emerged at the beginning of the millennium, perhaps the quickest stereotypes to flank authors like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins were "elitist" and "self-satisfied." Many in today's atheist movement -- the collection of organizations and activists working to build a culture safer for nonbelievers, combat dogmatism and...

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