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October / November 2011

Volume 31, Number 6


AMERICA'S PECULIAR PIETY: WHY DID MORMONISM GROW? WHY DOES IT ENDURE?

Introduction
Tom Flynn

My Journey into 'Formonism'
Brian Dalton

Joseph Smith: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?
Robert M. Price

Obadiah Dogberry: Mormonism's First Critic
Tom Flynn

The Price of Free Inquiry in Mormonism
Michael Nielsen and Ryan T. Cragun

What Is So Strange about Believing as the Mormons Do?
James Alcock

Building on a Religious Background
C.L. Hanson

The (Christian) Month of December
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Physics and the Immortality of the Soul
Sean Carroll


EDITORIAL

Humanist Chaplains in the Military: A Bridge Too Close?
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

Fetuses First!
Arthur L. Caplan

Norway's Shame
Christopher Hitchens

The Problem of Evil, Part 1: Defending a Hideous God
Shadia B. Drury

What Must We Teach a New Generation of Voters?
Nat Hentoff

Trust in Numbers
Tom Rees

Humanist Chaplains: A Litmus Test for Equal Protection
Jason Torpy

Stand Up and Tell Them You're an Atheist!
Amanda Knief

Groundbreaking Op-Ed Puts Spotlight on Anti-Atheist Bigotry
Gregory J. Paul


LEADING QUESTIONS

Accomodationism and the Psychology of Belief: Part 2
A Conversation with Chris Mooney


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
ALEC Grimness, BBC (Bad, Badder, Catastrophic)
Edd Doerr

Humanism at Large
The Meaning of the Message Hits Home
Julia Burke


REVIEWS

A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment
by Philipp Blom

Reviewed by Nathan Curland

C.M. Kornbluth: The Life and Works of a Science Fiction Visionary
by Mark Rich

Reviewed by George Zebrowski


POEM

The Penny Level
by George Zebrowski




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August / September 2011

Volume 31, Number 5


JESUS: WHAT'S THE EVIDENCE?

Is There Independent Confirmation of What the Gospels Say of Jesus?
George A. Wells

Intellectual Black Holes and Bullshit
Stephen Law

On Ethics and Morality
David Tribe


EDITORIAL

Secularism and Human Dignity
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

Are Unbelievers More Resilient?
Tom Flynn

Religion Is the Problem in the Balkans
Christopher Hitchens

Is Sluttishness a Feminist Statement?
Wendy Kaminer

The Stem of the Conflict
Arthur Caplan

The Presence of Justice
Ophelia Benson

Do We Get the Constitution Back in 2012?
Nat Hentoff

Progress Elusive for Egypts Women
Mona Abousenna

Secular Studies Arrives at Last
Phil Zuckermann


LEADING QUESTIONS

Accomodationism: The Debate Continues
A Conversation with Chris Mooney


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Florida Showdown Looms
Edd Doerr

God on Trial
The Philosophical Significance of Psychopaths: Postmodernism, Morality, and God
David N. Stamos

Faith and Reason
Atheism and Religious Pluralism: Navigating Between Freedom of and Freedom from Religion
Kile Jones


REVIEWS

The Prince of War: Billy Grahams Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire
by Cecil Bothwell

Reviewed by Richard A. S. Hall

Divinity of Doubt: The God Question
by Vincent Bugliosi

Reviewed by Robert M. Price

Pox: An American History
by Michael Willrich

Reviewed by Stuart Whatley

God and Human Beings
by Voltaire

Reviewed by Nathan Curland


POEMS

In The Rambles of the Alhambra, Coming upon a Bronze of a Naked Man Subjugating a Goat, Pipe Dreams (A Lullaby)
by Scott Hightower



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June / July 2011

Volume 31 Number 4


SCIENCE AND RELIGION: CONFRONTATION OR ACCOMODATION?

Introduction
Tom Flynn

The Need for Accommodation
Eugenie C. Scott

The Need for Confrontation
P Z Myers

Why Religion Must Be Confronted
Victor J. Stenger

Toward Common Cause
Chris Mooney

Repackaging Humanism as Spirituality: Religions New Wedge Strategy for Higher Education
Ryan Cragun and Barry Kosmin

Human Rights in China and Japan: The Pot Calling the Kettle Black
Irving Louis Horowitz

Speaking Truth to Dr. Pangloss
Alexander Saxton

Plato's Ancient Error Leads to Modern Tragedy
Stephen J. Gallagher


EDITORIAL

The Secular Blues
Tom Flynn


OP-ED

Too Much Speech Is Sufficient
Wendy Kaminer

Values in America
Tibor Machan

Have the Arab Revolutions Defeated the Orientalist Discourse?
Shadia B. Drury

Bowling Together
Tom Rees


LEADING QUESTIONS

The Future of Irreligion, Part 2
A conversation with Barry A. Kosmin


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
April Fools Day 2011
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
Ashley Montagu: A Commentator on Nearly Everything Human
Jeannette Lowen

God On Trial
Honor Among Mormons
Keith Taylor

Politically Speaking
The Case for Progressive Taxation
Philip Howard

Humanism at Large
Humanism? Whats That?
Lawrence Rifkin


REVIEWS

The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
by Sam Harris

Reviewed by Wayne Alt

The Unbelievers: The Evolution of Modern Atheism
by S.T. Joshi

Reviewed by Tom Flynn


POEM

The Three Great Ideas of Yacouba Sawadogo
Brooke Horvath




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April / May 2011

Volume 31 Number 3


FACING MISERY: CONFRONTING ILLNESS, EVEN DEATH, WITHOUT A PRAYER

Introduction
Tom Flynn

A Spinner’s Tale
by Nancy Adams

My Aura
by Robert F. Allen

Jilting Mr. Death
by Nick Cariello

The Boy Who Awoke from Death
by Mallory L. Craig

Dementia: A Living Death
by Leonard Ewy

Seculars Need Support, Too
by Lori Griffith

Faith Can’t Save Us
by C. Jay

How God Made a Mess of Death
by José Segue

When Crisis Is Chronic
by Andrea Szalanski

The Day I Finally Saw the Light
by Erroll G. Treslan

Hastening Death: Moral and Legal Perspectives
Ronald A. Lindsay

Youve Got No Right: Cautionary thoughts on suicide and advanced chronic illness
Jennifer Michael Hecht

Caroline vs. Smallpox: How one woman defeated mans greatest enemy
Luis Granados

Harold Camping and the Second Stillborn Apocalypse
Edmund D. Cohen


EDITORIAL

Do We Want to Convert the Religious?
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-ED

Who Stands for Us?
Tom Flynn

Egypt: Islamism Meets Realism
Christopher Hitchens

Right Problem, Wrong Solution
Arthur Caplan

The Booger on Atheism's Finger
Katrina Voss

Is Liberalism the Heir of Christianity?
Shadia B. Drury

Educating the Whole Student
Nat Hentoff

Mr. Smart, Heroman, and God
Tom Rees

Unreasonable Optimism
Steven Doloff


LEADING QUESTIONS

The Future of Irreligion, Part 1
A conversation with Barry A. Kosmin


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Political Tsunamis
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
Huckleberry Finn, American Secularist
Reid Hardaway

Living without Religion
Is There a Place for Environmentalism in Humanism?
John Shook

Humanism at Large
A Revolutionary Syllogism: Logic and the Declaration of Independence
Chris Edwards


REVIEWS

Multi-Secularism: A New Agenda
by Paul Kurtz

reviewed by Floris van den Berg

Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States
edited by Warren J. Blumenfeld, Khyati Y. Joshi, and Ellen E. Fairchild

reviewed by Tom Flynn

An Enlightened Philosophy: Can an Atheist Believe Anything?
by Geoff Crocker

reviewed by Robert M. Price

Fading Faith: The Rise of the Secular Age
by James A. Haught

reviewed by Edd Doerr


POEMS

Arts and Sciences: Finding Design, Icarus Dreams of Darwin
Dorothy Sutton




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February / March 2011

Volume 31 Number 2


The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and The Meaning of Life
Philip Appleman

When Atheists Meet Jesus
Jim Bado

The Unmaking of Wisdom Part 2: Recovering Reason
Andy Norman

On God and Our Ultimate Purpose
Stephen Maitzen


SECULAR HUMANISM IS...

Introduction
Tom Flynn

Secular Humanism Is Truth
Ron Herman

Secular Humanism Is Atheism
Stephen Uhl

Secular Humanism Is Evangelistic
David A. Noebel

Secular Humanism Is...G.E.!
Rita Stevens

Secular Humanism Is Salvation
Nathan Wold

Secular Humanism Is Egalitarian
Jen Nichols

Secular Humanism Is Defining
Gary Wood

Secular Humanism Is Hope
Thomas L. Lencowski

Secular Humanism Is Sensual
Wayne Trotta


EDITORIAL

One (National) Step Back, One (Local) Step Forward
Tom Flynn


OP-ED

Lost in Translation
Christopher Hitchens

Angry Atheists vs. The Catholic Church
Wendy Kaminer

Health Reform Diagnosis: Condition Critical
Arthur Caplan

The Myth of Surplus Wealth
Tibor Machan

Our Assassin in Chief
Nat Hentoff

Et Tu, Hollywood?
Katrina Voss


LEADING QUESTIONS

Spotting Bullshit
A conversation with Stephen Law


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Midterm Election Fallout
Edd Doerr

Applied Ethics
The Brave New World of Brain-Internet Interface Technology
Elliot D. Cohen

Islam Watch
Historical Methodology and the Believer, Part 3
Ibn Warraq

African American Humanism
Faith Predators: Looting the American Dream
Sikivu Hutchinson

Humanism at Large
The Paragraph I Wish Sam Harris Would Write
Lawrence Rifkin


REVIEWS

Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism
by Bernard Schweizer

reviewed by Joyce E. Salisbury

Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America's Slide Into Socialism
by Jim DeMint

To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine
by Newt Gingerich

reviewed by Stuart Whatley




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December 2010 / January 2011

Volume 31 Number 1


Science and Religion: The End of a Beautiful Relationship?
John R. Shook

Can the Brain Decide Whether God Exists?
John R. Shook

Strong Believers Beware
Matthew Caleb Flamm

Scientists and Religious Faith
Ronald N. Giere

The Unmaking of Wisdom: Part 1
Andy Norman

Why I Am Not a Luddite
Kristi DeMeester


EDITORIAL

Secular Humanism: Its Scope and Its Limits
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

Speaking of Inconvenient Truths...
Tom Flynn

Revisiting Natural Rights
Tibor R. Machan

Is Religion Like Sex?
Shadia B. Drury

Eat Tofu, Do Science
Katrina Voss

Atheists Are Generous, They Just Don't Give to Charity
Tom Rees

Media Stereotypes and the Invisible Latino 'Nones'
Juhem Navarro-Rivera


LEADING QUESTIONS

Glenn Beck: Icon of Irrationality
A conversation with Alexander Zaitchik


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Education “Reform”
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
An Epicurean Alternative to Religion
Priscilla Sakezles

Living Without Religion
Why Most People Believe in the Supernatural
Stephen Uhl

Religion in History
Atheists, Anti-atheists, and Nazis Once Again
P. W. Sperlich

Faith and Reason
“I'm Not Religious, but I Am Spiritual”
Richard Schoenig

Humanism at Large
Jesus Points
Julia Loreth

Thinking Cosmically
Keep Your Eyes on the Stars
Lawrence Rifkin


REVIEWS

C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy
by Jeff Sharlet

reviewed by Edmund D. Cohen

The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada
by Marci McDonald

reviewed by George Williamson

Christmas Philosophy for Everyone: Better Than a Lump of Coal
Edited by Scott C. Lowe

reviewed by Tom Flynn

POEM

Doubt I, II, and III
by Rick Ferris