AOF Member Writings
Presented for your reading pleasure are the very words of members and friends of AOF -- essays, poetry, musings, protestations, idealized hopes and fervent dreams. Almost needless to say, these represent the opinions of the several writers, not of AOF. Individual authors retain copyright. Contact them, or in some cases their estates or assigns, if you wish to reproduce any of this material.
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In midish-1995, the Religion Page of the Sacramento Bee began a new policy, to publish humanist & secular responses to posed moral questions alongside views from local faith leaders. Grabbing the gauntlet, AOF’s webmistress Pat Kelley was soon submitting her own answers. Click the "Read More" link to see highlights. To wrangle, contact Pat at <pkelley9 (at) gmail (dot) com>. But beware the doggy, it's a killer.
A practicing marine biologist for many years, now gracefully retired, Dr. Murchison was drawn back to his first love: the History of Science. One of his literary time-trips put him in the company of many of Darwin's friends and colleagues and resulted a publication about the founders of modern geology, War Before Science (2014, Academica Press). Having spent enjoyable and informative time with those 19th century British scientists (they called themselves "Natural Philosophers" in the day), Arthur now takes us on another journey to the life and world of Charles Darwin. To talk of it or debate it, contact him at <arthurmurchison1210 (at) comcast (dot) net>.
Bob Oliver of Nixa, Missouri, relates the story of how he became an atheist.
"For years," writes Bob W. Holmes, "I have been teaching people a form of spirituality that eliminates the need for a god formed in man's image; that does not require angels, devils, or other mythical entities. There is none of the ancient cultural influences, such as sexism, elitism, or racism. The teachings are based upon reason." Holmes briefly and gently explains his advocacy for what he calls Reasoned Sprituality. For details, read. Or visit his Reasoned Spirituality webpage, or contact him at <bwholmes (at) reasoned (dot) org>.