Friday, 19 August 2011

Ricky Gervais on cover of Sept/Oct issue of New Humanist – on sale 25 August

Dear reader, our blog has moved to a new address.

Do come on over (and change your bookmarks accordingly): rationalist.org.uk

This blog will be a bit quiet for the next two weeks, as both myself and the editor will be taking well-earned holidays. I say they're well-earned as we've just this week finished producing what we think is a very good issue of New Humanist, featuring cover star Ricky Gervais in this rather sacrilegious pose.

The September/October issue is on sale on Thursday 25 August, in stores nationwide, including selected WH Smiths (use the store finder box on our home page to find a stockist). Inside you'll find our interview with Gervais, in which he discusses his new show Life's Too Short, offence ("You have the right to be offended, and I have the right to offend you. But no one has the right to never be offended") and losing his childhood faith.

There's also a magisterial essay by historian Stephen Howe on the continuing reverberations of 9/11, Jonathan Rée on the many varieties of irreligious experience, former Heat editor Sam Delaney questioning his faith in football (West Ham, specifically), Vicky Simister's eyewitness account of being excommunicated from the Jehovah's Witnesses, Owen Jones on "Chavs" and the rise of class hatred, James Gray on whether we can trust religious groups to deliver public services in Cameron's Big Society, and much, much more.

We'll be posting some content online in a couple of weeks, but for now we advise you get out on Thursday 25 August and get your copy, with the iconic cover portrait of Gervais by celebrated photographer Nadav Kander. Or you can, of course, take the rational option and subscribe.

Enjoy! And see you in two weeks.
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