Clay’s Essays


(or, my humble attempt to set the world right)


I have always been the type to write letters to the editor. One thing led to another, and in the early '80s, I got the chance to publish some satirical opinion pieces in the Philadelphia Inquirer. In that same period, I briefly had a national platform when Newsweek published an essay I wrote celebrating my Aunt Alixa's grand achievement.



During the time I worked as a full-time journalist, though, I had to keep my opinions to myself. Starting in 2003, when I was working as executive director of the Center for Rational Solutions (later, Nebraska Citizens for Science), I was hired as a paid columnist for the Metanexus Institute to explore the connections and disjunctions of science and religion. What a thrill.

I'm not sure any of that work survives, and I'm not sure it deserved to, but my work as an opinion writer continued. About 2009, I got a gig writing for the Huffington Post on religion from the perspective of a science-writer and humanist. Later, The Humanist Magazine took me on as both a columnist and their science and religion correspondent.


Huffington Post: "A Salmon's Tale"


Huffington Post: "End_Times"


Huffington Post: "Heaven"


Huffington Post: "Chorus"


Huffington Post: "Identity"


The Humanist.com: "Can Humanism Overcome Hate?"


The Humanist.com: "What Cultural Appropriation on a Global Stage Can Teach Us"


The Humanist.com: "Liberal Theology Goes Off the Deep End"


The Humanist.com: "Time for the Catholic Laity to Take Control"


The Humanist.com: "Censoring Government Scientists Undermines Democracy"


The Humanist.com: "How to Halt Terrorism"


The Humanist.com: "Humanists Against Human Nature"