Greg Epstein guides and inspires students, scholars and staff in his dual roles as Humanist Chaplain at both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Grounded in values centered on compassion and collaboration, he stands as a leader in ethics, providing insights relevant to learning, technology, and business. For nearly two decades, Greg has built his name as one of the world's most prominent humanist chaplains—professionally trained clergy supporting the ethical and communal lives of nonreligious people. Marked by rapid growth, 29% of US adults now identify as religiously unaffiliated, representing significant cultural shifts away from traditional systems and institutions.
Focused on building a better world, Greg applies critical thinking to contemporary issues such as the future of work, the shape of communities, and how beliefs about morality and humanity intertwine with technology. He speaks frequently about the need to create lives with meaning and purpose, with values elevating and connecting all peoples. His voice resonates with those raising discussions around human rights: the right to health, education, freedom and democracy, and the fight for justice.
In his New York Times bestselling book Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, Greg detailed his call to action for the millions of people living good, ethical, and meaningful lives without religion. Later, as Ethicist in Residence at TechCrunch, Greg explored the ethics of companies and technologies shifting our definition of what it means to be human. Timely for the world filled with devices and artificial intelligence, Greg expands on these themes in his next book, Tech Agnostic: How Technology Became the World's Most Powerful Religion, and Why It Desperately Needs a Reformation.
Personable with a philosopher's soul, Greg thoughtfully provokes audiences to consider positive, progressive options to personal and structural concerns. Well versed in forums, from seminars at schools and universities to political stages including the Democratic National Convention and the US Congress, his talks resonate with groups exploring paths to better connect internally with members and externally across divides.
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