Free Inquiry Volume 20 Issue 4 cover

Fall, 2000

Volume 20, Number 4


WITHOUT THE WALL

Introduction: Visions of Theocracy
Tom Flynn

The Real Victims of a Church State Merger
Alan M. Dershowitz

Woman's Fate
Marilyn French

When Public Schools Get Religion
Rob Boston

The New Constitution and Sex
Vern L. Bullough

The Religious Right, Theocracy, and White Supremacy
Norm R. Allen Jr.

‘Comstockery’: When the Religious Right Wins
Ransom Lewis Webster

When Sharia Becomes the Law of the Land
Leo Igwe

The Intrepid Ethicist
An Interview with Peter Singer

Humanity's Worst Nightmare
Senator Alan Cranston

Are Atheists More Depressed than Religious People?
Franz Buggle et al.


EDITORIAL

The New American Plutocracy
Paul Kurtz


OP-ED

Are We Evolved Yet?
Wendy Kaminer

A Woman's Body as Political Territory
Katha Pollitt

A Message from the Human Genome
Christopher Hitchens

The Republic of Feelings
Christina Hoff Sommers

Does the First Amendment Protect Theft and Arson?
Nat Hentoff

When Good Books Vanish
Mark Crispin Miller

Freedom or Dogma in Academia
Daniel Maguire

Morally Straight . . . and Intolerant?
Margaret Downey

Zoophobia?
David P. Barash

The Right to Let Go
Sally Cole Mooney


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Frontlines

Sidelines

Church-State Update
Supreme Court Wraps Up Before Summer Break
Tom Flynn

Great Minds
Matilda Joslyn Gage
Sally Roesch Wagner

Science and Religion
Are Science and Religion Compatible? Part 2
Tad Clements

Humanism at Large
Abraham Kneisley


BOOKS IN BRIEF

Galactic Rapture
by Tom Flynn

Reviewed by Timothy Binga

Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
by V.S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee

David C. Noelle




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Summer, 2000

Volume 20, Number 3


MINDS BEYOND

Introduction: Looking for Minds Beyond Earth
Lewis Vaughn

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Albert A. Harrison

SETI and the Religions of Extraterrestrials
Jill Tarter

When Humanists Meet E.T.
Theodore Schick, Jr.

Looking for God and Space Aliens
Donald E. Tarter

They're Made Out of Meat
Terry Bisson

Do Memes Make Sense?
Yes
Susan Blackmore
No
Michael Bradie

'Religious Naturalism' and a New Planetary Ethic:
An Interview with Ursula Goodenough

Queen Silver: The Godless Girl
Wendy McElroy

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
Kurt Vonnegut


EDITORIAL

The Need to Come Out of the Closet
Paul Kurtz


OP-ED

Criminal Justice
Wendy Kaminer

Not So Docile Sheep
Christopher Hitchens

The First Amendment and the KKK
Nat Hentoff

Life Lessons
Katha Pollitt

Stealth Fighters
Mark Crispin Miller

Mother Nature Is Not a Feminist
Christina Hoff Sommers

'The Freest Nation in the World'?
Peter Singer

When Journalism Collides with Faith
Lewis Vaughn

Religion vs. Rationalism in India
Sanal Edamaruku

Truth and Dogma
Robert M. Price

The Bible Belting of America
Gary Sloan


LETTTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Frontlines

Sidelines

Church-State Update
Supreme Court Hears Texas Football Case
Tom Flynn

Great Minds
Percy Bysshe Shelley
John P.M. Murphy

Science and Religion
Are Science and Religion Compatible? Part 1
Tad Clements

Humanism at Large
Matt Cherry


REVIEWS

The Origins of the Koran: Classic Essays on Islam's Holy Book.
Edited by Ibn Warraq

Reviewed by Robert M. Price

Walking the Tightrope of Faith: Philosophical Conversations about Reason and Religion
Edited by Hendrik Hart, Ronald A. Kuipers, and Kai Nielsen

Reviewed by Austin Dacey

The Ways of an Atheist
by Bernard Katz

Reviewed by Norm R. Allen, Jr.

Rage Against the Veil: The Courageous Life and Death of an Islamic Dissident
by Parvin Darabi and Romin P. Thomson

Reviewed by Norm R. Allen, Jr.

Battlefield Earth
Reviewed by James Underdown




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Spring, 2000

Volume 20, Number 2


BEST OF HUMANISM

On Entering the Third Decade: Personal Reminiscences
Paul Kurtz

Two Decades of FI:
A Retrospective Great Commentary, Analysis, and Quotes from Previous Issues

100 Humanist Events That Changed the World: FI Editors' Picks from the Last 1000 Years

Some of FI's Best Ever Cartoons

Happy 20th Anniversary, Free Inquiry: Greetings from the best and the brightest

Faith, Hope, and Clarity: Looking for Meaning in All the Right (and Wrong) Places
Lewis Vaughn

Mind, Morality, and Evolution
An Interview with Steven Pinker

The 'Miracle' at Knock: The Anatomy of a Hoax
Melvin Harris


OP-ED

God at Work
Christopher Hitchens

Jesus and the Politicians
Wendy Kaminer

Why Kids Need Real Science
Katha Pollitt

Stem Cells and Immortal Souls
Peter Singer

When Vouchers Entangle Church and State
Nat Hentoff

Censorship Inc.
Mark Crispin Miller

The Wall Under Siege
Barry W. Lynn

When Creationism Goes to School: A Teacher's Perspective
Thomas J. Geelan

A Student's View
Raina Lipsitz

The Opposite of Love
Matt Cherry


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Frontlines

Sidelines

Church-State Update
Kentucky Passes Anti-Atheist Law
Tom Flynn

Humanism at Large
Matt Cherry


REVIEWS

Varieties of African American Religious Experience
by Anthony Pinn

Reviewed by Norm R. Allen, Jr.

The Great Deception, And What Jesus Really Said and Did
by Gerd Ldemann

Reviewed by Robert M. Price


BOOKS IN BRIEF

An Uppity Old Atheist Woman's Dictionary
by Carol C. Faulkenberry

Reviewed by Norm R. Allen, Jr.

Exodus to Humanism: Jewish Identity Without Religion
by David Ibry

Reviewed by Norm R. Allen, Jr.

Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies by Toyin Falola
Reviewed by Norm R. Allen, Jr.




Free Inquiry Volume 20 Issue 1 cover

Winter, 1999/2000

Volume 20, Number 1


MYTH & MEN

Introduction: Are the Religious Founders Unfounded?
Lewis Vaughn

Unmasking Holy Men
Robert M. Price

Was Joseph Smith for Real?
Mark D. Thomas

Why Getting It Right Matters
Daniel C. Dennett

Are the Media Killing Democracy?
Robert W. McChesney

God, Guns, and the Religious Right
Interview with Cynthia Tucker

Beyond All Reason
Robert B. Tapp


EDITORIAL

The Promise of Manifesto 2000
Paul Kurtz


OP-ED

Weirding Out on Creationism
Katha Pollitt

A Wiser View of Abortion
Diana Brown

Outlawing Unbelief
Tom Flynn

The Daybreak of Secular Humanism in Africa
Alfred T. Kisubi

Living by the Bells
Sally Cole Mooney


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Frontlines

Church-State Update
School Vouchers Move to Front Burner
Tom Flynn

Applied Ethics
Jean-Paul Sartre: Philosopher for the 20th Century
Jeannette Lowen

Great Minds
Voltaire vs. Intolerance
Wendy McElroy

Humanism at Large


REVIEWS

Noah's Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries about the Event That Changed History
by William Ryan and Walter Pitman

Reviewed by Hector Avalos

Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers in Exile: A New Reformation of the Church’s Faith and Practice
by John Shelby Spong

Reviewed by Robert M. Price

BOOKS IN BRIEF

On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997
by Paul M. Churchland and Patricia S. Churchland

Reviewed by David C. Noelle

Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand
Edited by Mimi Reisel Gladstein and Chris Matthew Sciabarra

Reviewed by Bryan Register

The 'God' Part of the Brain: A Scientific Interpretation of Human Spirituality and God
by Matthew Alper

Reviewed by David C. Noelle