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Jul
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2015

The Myth of an Afterlife: Introduction


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 35 issue 5
By Tom Flynn
I expected to be frustrated when I searched Amazon.com’s Books department on the keyword afterlife. I wasn’t disappointed. (Or should I say that I was disappointed?)

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Jul
17
2015

On the Origin of Afterlife Beliefs by Means of Memetic Selection


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 35 issue 5
By Steve Stewart-Williams
Modern evolutionary approaches permit far richer naturalistic explanations of the phenomenon of belief in an afterlife than the conjectures of a century and more ago.

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Jul
17
2015

Problems with Heaven


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 35 issue 5
By Michael L. Martin
Traditional ideas about Heaven are conceptually incoherent, and that’s just the beginning of their problems.

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17
2015

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


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 35 issue 5
By Nicole Scott
Michael L. Martin, an American analytic philosopher and one of the most formidable academic champions of atheism, passed away unexpectedly at the age of eighty-three in Boston on May 27.

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17
2015

You Are Not Even Worth Despising


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 35 issue 5
By Rafida Bonya Ahmed
Avijit Roy’s widow addresses her husband’s killers and challenges the government of Bangladesh for its inaction.

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Jul
17
2015

Bangladesh: A Backgrounder


Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 35 issue 5
By Ryan Shaffer
Everything you need to know about the religious crucible that is Bangladesh.

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Jul
17
2015

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


Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 35 issue 5
By Leah Mickens
Current Catholic teaching that a person’s birth sex should never be altered or blurred is contrary to the church’s centuries-long acceptance of castrated male singers.

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Jul
17
2015

Secular Humanism’s Second Wave: How Scholarship Undermines Religion


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 35 issue 5
By James H. Dee
Numerous religious scholars reject literal understandings of Christianity, often in terms average churchgoers would find disturbing to their faith. Secular humanists should do more to make their conclusions more widely known.

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Jul
17
2015

Good Without God—But Better Without God?


Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 35 issue 5
By Ronald A. Lindsay
We can make the world a better place, but whether we do so depends on us—that’s both the promise and the challenge of humanism.

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Jul
17
2015

Where Have All the Anti-altruists Gone?


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 35 issue 5
By Tom Flynn
Science settled the question whether altruism is real, and most of us never noticed.

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