Good But Not Religious (Keith Martin)

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Welcome to Good But Not Religious. My name is Keith Martin.

More and more people in Canada and the United States say they have no religious affiliation. Many of these identify as ‘Spiritual but not religious’ (SBNR). ‘Spiritual,’ however, can sound religious or New Agey to some, especially iGen students who are becoming less religious and less spiritual.

Good But Not Religious is for both SBNR and GBNR students and adults. If spirituality is about values more than beliefs, and being spiritual is about having and living by life-enhancing values like goodness and compassion, then spirituality can be about goodness rather than oneness or transcendence. Goodness can also be your highest value without calling yourselves ‘spiritual.’

At you will find resources for being and doing good, with or without religion; for being spiritual without being religious. And since humanism is about being a good human being, you will find resources for being a good humanist.

I was a nonreligious chaplain and educator at two Canadian universities, U. of Waterloo and U. of Guelph from 2014-20, and now online. I am the author of 2 books, Seismic Shift: From God to Goodness, and Seismic Shift: The novel. Both books are about making the worldview-shaking transition from believing in God as a higher Being to viewing God as a metaphor for or personification of Goodness—and even letting go of the concept of God.

At you will find resources I have developed or come across on campus for you to use wherever you are. Like Scott Peck when I was young, and Jordan Peterson today (a controversial figure who nonetheless is helping people live more responsible, truthful and meaningful lives), I encourage students and adults to have and live by life-enhancing values like goodness and compassion that lift our spirits, promote wellness, and enable relationships to be healthy. I look for and develop resources for transcending meaninglessness and nihilism—for being an instrument of goodness, love and justice in our world.

Consider supporting me online, providing educational resources to help students and adults who have left a religion (as I did), or never found one that works for them, to explore meaning, purpose, belonging and identity. Whatever your level of support, I will share with you my monthly Good But Not Religious updates, a paperback copy of my new book, Seismic Shift: The novel, and any other resources I come across or develop to help people be and do good.

I hope you will become a patron and partner with me in this creative and important work. 
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My immediate goal is for 100 patrons to help me with my nonreligious chaplaincy work at U. of Waterloo and U. of Guelph and online at, providing creative resources for being and doing good. I currently have 8 incredibly generous supporters at the Silver and Gold levels donating $15,000/year ($10,000 for my support and $5,000 for programming expenses like A Taste of Oasis).
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