Humanism: Creed of the 21st Century; James Croft, Leader in Training

At the start of the 21st Century, non-belief is on the rise: the fastest growing “religious” group in America is “none.” Most of these “nones” are reasonably young and progressive in their political views, driven away from traditional religions due to their association with conservative politics and regressive social attitudes. These young nonbelievers are the Humanists of tomorrow – if we can inspire them to take our values for their own. By crafting powerful moral messages, exquisite aesthetic experiences, and vibrant, relevant communities, we can inspire the “nones” and make Humanism the Creed of the 21st Century.

James Croft is the Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Community at Harvard, where he works on the Humanist Community Project, helping build communities for people who don’t believe in God. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently studying for his Doctorate in the philosophy of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education while training to become a leader in the Ethical Culture movement. He is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate activist for human rights. James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist.