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October/November 2015

Volume 35 Number 6

Nothing Should Be Immune from Criticism
Ronald A. Lindsay

The Harms of Blasphemy Laws
Elizabeth K. Cassidy

The Importance of Being Blasphemous: Literature, Self-Censorship, and the Legacy of The Satanic Verses
Stephen R. Welch

Taslima Nasrin: The Point of Inquiry Interview

CFI's Campaign for Free Expression and International Blasphemy Rights Day
Debbie Goddard


Jesus Was No Man of Peace: The Bible Says He Was a Violent Coward
Gregory Paul

Without a Prayer of a Chance
Stephanie Savage

Please Stop Praying for Me
Eric Wojciechowski

The Contingency of Belief: Present Beliefs Stem From Past Happenstance
Robert J. Muscat

Middle East Deadlock
Readers Weigh In, Part 1


EDITORIAL

If This Be Blasphemy, Let Us Make the Most of It
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

On Destruction
Ophelia Benson

Amazing Grace?
Shadia B. Drury

Trigger Warning
Greta Christina

Just a Rationalization? Free Speech, Absolutism, and Motivated Reasoning
Russell Blackford

Revelations, Visitations, and All That
James A. Haught

Niloy Neel: Fourth Atheist Blogger Hacked to Death in 2015
Nicole Scott


LOOKING BACK

35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Doerr's Way
Francis, Climate Change, Overpopulation
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
Walter Kaufmann: the Man Who Saved Heresy
Dale DeBakcsy

Science and Religion
It's Not Nothing: When Religion and Science Overreach
Geoffrey Lee Hodge

The Faith I Left Behind
A Dead Fox and Other Revelations
Micah Nathan


REVIEWS

What If I'm a(n) Atheist? A Teen's Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion
by David Seidman
Reviewed by Nicole Scott

Madison's Music: On Reading the First Amendment
by Burt Neuborne
Reviewed by Wayne L. Trotta

Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre
by Jonathan Israel
Reviewed by Brooke Horvath


OBITUARY

Lavanam– Atheist, Social Reformer, Philosopher, and Human Rights Activist, 1930–2015


POEM

Death
by Jane Roberts




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August/September 2015

Volume 35 Number 5

The Myth of an Afterlife: Introduction
Tom Flynn

On the Origin of Afterlife Beliefs by Means of Memetic Selection
Steve Stewart-Williams

Problems with Heaven
Michael L. Martin

Michael L. Martin, Philosopher and Author, 1932–2015
Nicole Scott


You Are Not Even Worth Despising
Rafida Bonya Ahmed

Bangladesh: A Backgrounder
Ryan Shaffer

Theology of the Odd Body: The Castrati, the Church, and the Transgender Moment
Leah Mickens

Secular Humanism’s Second Wave: How Scholarship Undermines Religion
James H. Dee


EDITORIAL

Good Without God—But Better Without God?
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

Where Have All the Anti-altruists Gone?
Tom Flynn

Why Raif Badawi Matters
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar

Skepticism and Emotional Responses to Terrible Ideas
Greta Christina

Application for the Position of Biblical Evangelist
Mark Rubinstein


LOOKING BACK

35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Doerr's Way
Krauthammer’s Wolf Howl, God’s Bankers, Potiphar’s Wife
Edd Doerr

International Humanism
The Madness of King Charles
James Snell

God on Trial
Imprisonment and Religiosity
Richard G. Dumont

Great Minds
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
James A. Haught

The Faith I Left Behind
Why I Am an Atheist Jew
Shirley Blumberg

Humanism at Large
They Burned with Strange Lusts
M.C. McDonald


REVIEWS

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife
by Eben Alexander, M.D.
Reviewed by Bernard M. Patten

Animal Liberation and Atheism: Dismantling the Procrustean Bed
by Kim Socha
Reviewed by Brooke Horvath

Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism
by David S. Cohen and Krysten Connon
Reviewed by Tom Flynn

No Longer on Pedestals
by Carol A. Kuhnert
Reviewed by Edd Doerr


OBITUARY

Anne Nicol Gaylor, Feminist, Activist, and Freethinker, 1926–2015


POEM

One Last
by Alexander Nussbaum




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June/July 2015

Volume 35 Number 4

Population, Immigration, and the Global Future: Introduction
Tom Flynn

Four Out of Five Scientists Agree: Population Matters
Robert J. Walker

Seven Billion Wolves: Why the Human Head Count Matters
Jeffrey K. McKee

Two Realities
Richard Heinberg

Humanity vs. Nature—Winner Take All!
Christopher Clugston

Sharp Danger but Grounds for Hope
Joe Bish

U.S. Immigration and the Limits of Supporting Earth Resources
Walter Youngquist

Toward Negative Population Growth: Cutting Legal Immigration by Four-fifths
David Simcox and Tracy Canada

Immigration Limits: Less and Less Politically Incorrect
Andrea Szalanski


EDITORIAL

Overpopulation, Immigration, and the Human Future
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

Avijit Roy and His Legacy
Jahed Ahmed

Join Us in a Demand for Justice!
Rafida Bonya Ahmed

Bigger, Better, Shinier Human Rights
Ophelia Benson

Angry Atheists: A Contemporary Myth
Russell Blackford

Beheadings for Postmodernity
Shadia B. Drury

C. S. Lewis and Proof by Metaphor
Mark Rubinstein

Slip Slidin’ Away
James A. Haught

August 11: A Day to Remember Robert Green Ingersoll
Jeff Ingersoll

‘Better Ad’ Contest Winners Announced


LOOKING BACK

35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Doerr's Way
Is the Wall Crumbling?
Edd Doerr

Humanist Living
Is Society Accepting That Free Will Is an Illusion?
Jonathan MS Pearce

The Faith I Left Behind
Why I Retired from Religion
John Compere


REVIEWS

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
by Mona Eltahawy
Reviewed by Ophelia Benson

Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding
by Steven K. Green
Reviewed by Rob Boston

How God Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
by Marshall Brain
Reviewed by Tom Flynn




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April/May 2015

Volume 35 Number 3

Hobby Lobby, Steve Green, and the New Bible Empire
Thomas Larson

The Real Old-Time Religion: Magic, Superstition, and the Challenge to Fundamentalism
Leah Mickens

One Easter Five Ways
James H. Dee

Middle East Deadlock: Where Do You Stand?
Introduction

Tom Flynn

Reflections on Editorial Attitudes
Sheldon F. Gottlieb

Humanism Under Fire: When Atheists Have to Face Applied Humanism
Barry F. Seidman

Criticizing Zionist Crimes Is Not Anti-Semitic
Guillermo Kuhl

Perhaps the World’s Shortest Argument Against Israel
Tom Flynn

Israel Has a Right to Exist
Edward Tabash


EDITORIAL

The Crucial Connection between Skepticism and Secular Humanism
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

The CFI Merger in Context
Tom Flynn

An Odor of Sanctimony: Responses to the Charlie Hebdo Murders
Russell Blackford

With Friends Like These
Ophelia Benson

Must Liberalism Be Suicidal?
Shadia B. Drury

What Happened When Jesus Died?
Mark Rubinstein


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Doerr's Way
Abortion Rights: Top Priority Issue
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
A Century of Main Street: The Freethinking Legacy of Sinclair Lewis
Dale DeBakcsy

Freethought History
Junius Revealed!
Ken Cust

The Faith I Left Behind
Why I Am Not a Primitive Baptist
Murielle Lange

Faith and Reason
American Reformations
Steven Doloff

Global Humanism
The Virus of Faith
Avijit Roy


REVIEWS

The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech
by Flemming Rose
Reviewed by Tom Flynn

After the New Atheist Debate
by Phil Ryan
Reviewed by Wayne L. Trotta


POEM

Redbud
Brooke Horvath




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February/March 2015

Volume 35 Number 2

Why Secularism Is Necessary for Women
Taslima Nasrin

White Lies for Life: Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Los Angeles
Carrie Poppy

Is One of These Things Not Just Like the Other? Why Abortion Can’t Be Separated from Contraception
Beverly Winikoff

War and the Religious State
Steve Sklar

Periyar and India’s Dravidian Movement: A Strident Atheist in the Land of Religion
Ryan Shaffer

Krishnasamy Veeramani: Continuing the Fight for Humanism
Ryan Shaffer

Science and the Emancipation of Humankind
Lorenzo Lazzerini Ospri

Albert Schweitzer and The Quest of the Historical Jesus—One Hundred Years On
George A. Wells


EDITORIAL

Secular Humanism: Not a Religion
Tom Flynn, Ronald A. Lindsay and Nicholas J. Little


OP-EDS

Remember Ebola?
Arthur L. Caplan

Getting Atheists to Talk about Death
Greta Christina

Who Is Really Gross and Racist?
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Climate Change Is Real and Threatens Us All
Edd Doerr

Humanist Soapbox
A Better Name for Us
Glade Ross

Web Exclusive
Unedited Four-Part Version of "A Better Name for Us"
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Glade Ross

The Faith I Left Behind
Jump-Starting a Brain Frozen in the Cold War
Constance Hoffman

Living Without Religion
When We Die
James Davenport

Humanism at Large
Letter from the Serpent
Robin Queen


OBITUARY

Jean C. Millholland, First Council for Secular Humanism Executive Director, 1925–2014


REVIEWS

The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can't Tell Us What to Do
by Ronald A. Lindsay
Reviewed by Derek C. Araujo

Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism
by Philip Kitcher
Reviewed by Wayne L. Trotta

Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic
by Matthew Stewart
Reviewed by Edd Doerr


POEM

The Blessing of the Animals
Andrew Tonkovich


BOOKS IN BRIEF




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December 2014/January 2015

Volume 35 Number 1

The Rise of Global Fundamentalism: Are Humanists Really ‘Winning’?
Leah Mickens

In Defense of Scientism
Mario Bunge

Honest Atheism
D. Cameron Webb

In Praise of Statistics
Alexander Nussbaum


EDITORIAL

Religious Morality: Pointless, Worthless, and Utterly Subjective
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

Thirty Years Yule Free
Tom Flynn

The Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of
James A. Haught

The Roar of the Crowd
Ophelia Benson

Surprisingly Sensitive—Civility and Freedom of Speech
Russell Blackford

ISIS and the Future of Islam and the Arab World
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar

Vanquishing Evil
Shadia B. Drury

My Pleasures, My Vices
Tibor R. Machan

Jesus, the Christian Seneca
Mark Rubinstein


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Rwanda’s Horror Twenty Years Later
Edd Doerr

Faith and Reason
C. S. Lewis: How the Atheist Academic Became the Lion of Christianity
Dale DeBakcsy

Humanist Activism
I’m an Atheist. Can I Be President?
Marcus J. Thompson

Humanism at Large
On the ‘Evils’ of Santa Claus
Ryan T. Cragun


OBITUARIES

Gerald A. Larue, Humanist Laureate, 1916–2014

Victor J. Stenger, Physicist and Author, 1935–2014


REVIEWS

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
by Sam Harris
Reviewed by Edward Tabash

The Soul of the World
by Roger Scruton
Reviewed by Russell Blackford

Atheist Awakening: Secular Activism and Community in America
by Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith, with a foreword by Martin E. Marty
Reviewed by Tom Flynn


POEM

Commute
by Jason Roberts