An Eikas Manifesto: A Clarion Call to Revive an Epicurean Tradition that Strengthens Friendships and Communities

The following essay was written for Society of Epicurus. I am sharing it here as well because SNS offers a space to consider questions of identity, ritual, community, and meaning without supernatural claims. Eikas is a tradition that goes back 2,300 years, and Epicurean philosophy has affinity with many of our modern ideas about the … Read more

Epicureanism

About the Curator: Hiram Crespo is the founder/editor of SocietyOfEpicurus.com, and the author of Tending the Epicurean Garden (Humanist Press, 2014), How to Live a Good Life (Penguin Random House, 2020) and Epicurus of Samos – His Philosophy and Life: All the principal Classical texts Compiled and Introduced by Hiram Crespo (Ukemi Audiobooks, 2020). He’s … Read more

Naturalistic Christianity 101

Just as naturalistic streams have risen in Judaism, Buddhism, and more; even Christianity has emerging naturalistic versions today. These Christians are much like Thomas Jefferson, who view the example given in the story of Jesus as a guide for living, but deny any supernatural aspects (Jefferson even created a bible with all of the supernatural … Read more

A Naturalist approach to personal gods

Caveat on ‘God talk’ Spiritual Naturalism is a broad category of thought and practice. It’s unifying principles are: (1) an approach to life that stresses the essential perspectives, principles, and practices conducive to the good/flourishing life; and (2) a naturalistic worldview, and by implication the rational and humble approach to knowledge and claims associated with … Read more

Buddhism 101

by Ted Meissner   Buddhism is a term inclusive of the teachings and practices of Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha or “enlightened one”, from the 5th century BCE in the Indian subcontinent.  There are two major branches of traditional Buddhism:  Theravada (“The School of the Elders”) and Mahayana (“The Great Vehicle”), with new development … Read more

Taoism 101

Taoism (also spelled Daoism) is a life philosophy and practice of living in harmony with the Tao. Tao means ‘way’ or ‘path’ – a sort of double meaning, as both the ‘way of Nature’ and the ‘way to happiness’. The primary source of Taoist teaching is called the Tao Te Ching, which could be translated … Read more