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


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 35 issue 1
By Leah Mickens
To understand the distressing growth of conservative Christianity and Islam, we must understand the history and cultural dynamics of to so-called “wretched of the earth.”

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In Defense of Scientism


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By Mario Bunge
Adherence to scientism has been repaying handsomely, economically as well as culturally, whereas betting on anti-scientistic dogmas threatens the growth of knowledge.

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Honest Atheism


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By D. Cameron Webb
Honest atheism is not tragic, but for some it’s genuinely frightening. The answer is more honesty.

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In Praise of Statistics


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By Alexander Nussbaum
Modern statistics could not have taken shape without the prior discovery of evolution, which helped legitimize and secularize randomness.

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Religious Morality: Pointless, Worthless, and Utterly Subjective


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By Ronald A. Lindsay
Appeals to God cannot settle ethical dilemmas. God can’t tell us what to do; we need to figure that out for ourselves.

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Thirty Years Yule Free


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By Tom Flynn
A look back at thirty years of skipping Christmas and at how things are different now.

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The Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of


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By James A. Haught
Considering the wonders that science reveals, why does anyone need the supernatural?

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The Roar of the Crowd


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By Ophelia Benson
It’s all obvious and predictable enough: of course high status tends to confer immunity from the social pressure and sanctions that keep the rest of us in line.

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Surprisingly Sensitive—Civility and Freedom of Speech


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By Russell Blackford
Civility is valuable, yet not so much so that the state—or a university—can properly require it.

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ISIS and the Future of Islam and the Arab World


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By Faisal Saeed Al Mutar
Western liberals underestimate the extent to which, in the Arab world, Islamic extremism is a mainstream phenomenon.

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