Lex Bayer and John Figdor, authors of the new book “Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart,” are hoping to engage humanists in a dialog about what gives meaning to life without religion. In addition to the newly released book, which explores these ideas, they have announced the $10,000 ReThink Prize, a competition to find a new take on the Ten Commandments.
The competition runs through the end of November and was introduced in a video that gets to the heart of what the two are trying to achieve. "Writing the book was a humbling experience, because it required us to cast aside everything we thought we knew and start at the beginning," said Bayer. "We thought many people would enjoy this process of self-reflecting and discovering the values they care most deeply about."
The ReThink Prize entries will be voted on by the public, and then a panel of judges will decide on “the ten beliefs they feel best address our lives today.” Adam Savage of Mythbusters and National Medal of Science recipient Gordon Bower are just two of the twelve celebrated judges. Winners will be announced on December 17.
The competition is being run in association with the American Humanist Association, the Secular Student Alliance, the Richard Dawkins Foundation, and Foundation Beyond Belief, as well as others.