Category: HUMANIST living

Humanist: Striving for the Big Picture Betterment of a Thriving Humanity. These posts center on this site’s primary motivation. Becoming better humans, both individually and in community.

Cars speeding at the intersection where the secular community meets the best of today's coaching resources.

It’s. Finally. Here. And by “it,” I mean THE SALVATION OF THE WORLD!!! [Okay, we both know that “salvation of the world” bit was a tad overdramatic. Let’s walk that back and try again.] By “it,” I mean a very practical/helpful/hopeful set of improvements to what has thus far been known as The Drew Bekius Blog. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve remained blown away by how helpful the questioning-and-doubting community has apparently found this blog over the years. The majority might not feel comfortable commenting in public or sharing on Facebook, but I see the private messages you send me. And the daily flow of unsolicited traffic stands testimony to this. But I’ll be honest, I’ve been wanting to do so […]

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Woman giving a man a dove as an act of humanistic altruism.

Why Give Wisely. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.) Why do we give? Why partner with charitable nonprofit organizations and projects?  There are many reasons to be sure. Especially as a humanist. If we really care about the Big-Picture Betterment of a Thriving Humanity, then it’s important that we stand up and put our money where our proverbial mouths are. Almost all of us can do something more today.  What follows below is a list of 19 charities. Each one is doing work of incredible value around the world. And every group on this list is completely secular. The Wisdom of Watchdog […]

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— Welcome to the DrewBekius.com Archive — The question is posed on at least a weekly basis. It comes up in various ways. Someone will ask about something they read or an interview they came across. And then they ask me: “So what is Secular Humanism?” Or even the more simplified version: “What is Humanism?” I suppose the curiosity and its subsequent question make sense. Humanism isn’t really a member of the common American vernacular. And I guess words with an –ism on the end of them can sound kind of intimidating. Automatically sounds like some nugget of academia representing some corner of ideology. And if we’re not already acquainted with said representative ideology, the –ism makes it all sound like […]

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A cartoon image, challenging the idea that there aren't any atheists in foxholes.

— Welcome to the DrewBekius.com Archive — Yes, it’s true that I almost died. It’s no joke that I was within hours of death, but for the grace of modern medicine and some good godlessly common sense. I was an ever so controversial atheist in the foxhole. SPOILER: I lived to talk (and write) about it. Which is what I did with this August 17, 2015 post on the experience. This post also transformed its way into the epilogue of my 2017 book, chronicling my journey from confidently believing evangelical pastor to humanist leader and coach. Enjoy!  Facing Death: Still an Atheist in the Foxhole So this is the post where I talk about my recent hospital stay, about brushing up against death, […]

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Rear view of class raising hands, discussing atheism in America.

— Welcome to the DrewBekius.com Archive — After gaining traction in a Reddit thread on atheist parenting, this March 22, 2015 post quickly became my most popular post on DrewBekius.com with several thousand shares. Of course when I merged my old blog with HumanistCoach.com, my transfer broke the link. Oh well. The post remains. Come celebrate atheism in America with me. Enjoy!  The Day My Daughter’s Class Discussed Atheism in America I’m thankful this week that atheism in America is becoming less taboo and beginning to sound a little less scary. And I’m also thankful this week for a particular sixth grade teacher who was willing to speak honestly and openly about it.* It was just a few days ago—so I’m told—during a new social studies […]

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