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October / November 2012

Volume 32, Number 6


DOES SECULAR HUMANISM HAVE A POLITICAL AFGENDA?

Introduction
Tom Flynn

Saddle Up, Progressives!
Patricia Schroeder

Conservatism for Seculars
Razib Khan

Secular Humanism Has a Political Agenda, and Its Not In Favor of Liberty
Ronald Bailey

Secularisms Place in Politics
Greg Laden


What Humanism Might Learn from Hip Hop
Anthony B. Pinn

The Manic Triumphalism of Richard Rorty
Stephen J. Gallagher

Overgeneralization: The Achilles Heel of Apocalyptic Atheism?
R. Georges Delamontagne


LEADING QUESTIONS

The Rise of Islamic Creationism, Part 2
A Conversation with Johan Braeckman


EDITORIAL

Hell Freezes Over! / Minding the Lines
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

Up With Secularism!
Russell Blackford

Infighting or Healthy Debate?
Greta Christina

Big Talk. No Action. Not Bad.
Arthur L. Caplan

The Decay of American Democracy, Part 1
Shadia B. Drury

Obama Drones Come Home to Roost
Nat Hentoff

On Being a Scientist
Joshua Fost


LETTERS


OBITUARIES

Gore Vidal (1925-2012)
S.T. Joshi

Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012)
Andrea Szalanski


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Overpopulation, Climate Change, and November 6
Edd Doerr

Faith and History
Another Holy Horror: The Taipings
James A. Haught

Point/Counterpoint
Spirited Naturalism: A Heretical Manifesto
Andy Norman
Rebuking the Foul Spirit
Tom Flynn

Living Without Religion
Why I Am Not a Jehovahs Witness
James Zimmerman

Humanism and the Arts
A Linguistic Consequence of Music Appreciation
John A. Frantz


REVIEWS

Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of the Secular Americans
by David Niose

Reviewed by Phil Zuckerman

A Judeo-Islamic Nation: The Evolution of Americas Political Theology
by Thomas Mates

Reviewed by Tom Flynn

Could I Vote for a Mormon for President? An Election-Year Guide to Mitt Romneys Religion
by Ryan T. Cragun and Rick Phillips

Reviewed by Andrea Szalanski

Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt
by Herb Silverman

Reviewed by Ed Buckner

The Messiah Game: A Comedy of Terrors, Book I
by Tom Flynn

Reviewed by Robert M. Price


POEMS

Of Fools
by Marcia Karp

Anonymous
by R. Nemo Hill




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August / September 2012

Volume 32, Number 5


SECULAR HUMANISM WITH A PULSE

The New Activists (Introduction)
Lauren Becker

Sparking a Fire in the Humanist Heart
James Croft

Secular Service in Michigan
Mindy Miner

Campus Service Work
Franklin Kramer and Derek Miller

Diversity and Secular Activism
Alix Jules

Live Well and Help Others Live Well
Bill Cooke

Grief Beyond Belief
Rebecca Hensler

Humanists Care about Humans!
Bob Stevenson

Not Enough Marthas
Reba Boyd Wooden

The Making of an Angry Atheist Advocate
EllenBeth Wachs

Taking Care of Our Own
Hemant Mehta

A Tale of Two Tomes
Michael B. Paulkovich


LEADING QUESTIONS

The Rise of Islamic Creationism, Part 1
Chris Mooney interviews Johan Braeckman


EDITORIAL

Humanism and Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

Are LGBTs Saving Marriage?
Tom Flynn

Gag Me with a Spoon
Arthur L. Caplan

Atheism’s Third Wave
P Z Myers

The State and the Marriage Business
Russell Blackford

Sloppy-Seconds Atheists
Katrina Voss

Who Cares What Happens to Dropouts?
Nat Hentoff

CFI Gives Women a Voice with ‘Women in Secularism’ Conference
Julia Lavarnway

Relaunching the International Academy of Humanism
Stephen Law


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Vaginas and Vouchers: On to November
Edd Doerr

African American Humanism
Slaves Like Us
Sikivu Hutchinson


REVIEWS

Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion
by Alain de Botton

Reviewed by John Shook

The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions
by Alex Rosenberg

Reviewed by Jean Kazez

What Jesus Didn’t Say
by Gerd Lüdemann

Reviewed by Robert M. Price

Letters from an Atheist Nation: Godless Voices of America in 1903
edited by Thomas Lawson

Reviewed by Tom Flynn

Hannah Arendt: Radical Conservative
edited by Irving Louis Horowitz

Reviewed by Brooke Horvath


POEMS

Sideshow
by Philip Appleman

Passport Application
by Maryann Corbett




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June / July 2012

Volume 32, Number 4


ONCE AND FOR ALL, IS AMERICA A CHRISTIAN NATION?

Introduction
Tom Flynn

The Myth of America’s Christian Heritage
Kerry Walters

The Christian Nation Fiction, Then and Now
Susan Jacoby

Five Reasons the United States Is Not a Christian Nation
Rob Boston

Our UnChristian Nation
Hector Avalos

Ought America to Be a Christian Nation?
David K. Clark

Faiths and Public Affairs
Tibor R. Machan

Research Report: How Secular Humanists (and Everyone Else) Subsidize Religion in the U.S.
Ryan T. Cragun, Stephanie Yeager, and Desmond Vega


EDITORIAL

Triple Play
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

What Do You Say to 20,000 Wet Atheists?
P Z Myers

Do We Concede the Ground of Death Too Easily?
Greta Christina

Who’s Oppressing Whom?
Ophelia Benson

American Conceit: The Case of Iran
Shadia B. Drury

The Intimate Dance of Religion and Nationalism
Tom Rees


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Vouchers vs. Public Education
Edd Doerr

God on Trial
On Gods and Placebos
Martin Jaffe

Humanism at Large
Unreasonable Rally
Josh Bunting and Ian Murphy


REVIEWS

Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth
by Bart D. Ehrman

Reviewed by George A. Wells

The Future of Blasphemy: Speaking of the Sacred in an Age of Human Rights
by Austin Dacey

Reviewed by Ronald A. Lindsay


POETRY

Up North
by Rick Ferris




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April / May 2012

Volume 32, Number 3


THE HISTORY OF HUMANISM

Introduction
Gordon Gamm

The Enlightenment, Naturalism, and the Secularization of Values
Alan Charles Kors

The Basis of Paul’s Ideas of Christ
George A. Wells

Grog and Zog: A Parable for Secular Humanists (and Everyone Else)
Dan Carsen


LEADING QUESTIONS

The Science of Free Will and Other Matters
A Conversation with Daniel C. Dennett


EDITORIAL

An Unprecedented Time in Human History
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

Why Seculars Don’t Sing
Tom Flynn

Why Atheism Demands Social Justice
Greta Christina

Who’s Afraid of Scientism?
Russell Blackford

The Trouble with Gods
Ophelia Benson

Schools Show ‘Zero Tolerance’ . . . of the Constitution
Nat Hentoff

Ready for Prime-Time
Katrina Voss

What’s So Smart About Unbelief?
Tom Rees

Is Freedom of Religion a Mistake?
Shadia B. Drury

Let’s Be Mean to Deen
Arthur L. Caplan

CFI’s Celebration of Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell
Andy Norman

We Grieve for His Silenced Voice; We Rejoice in His Memory: Honoring Christopher Hitchens
Edward Tabash


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Whose Freedom of Religion and Conscience?
Edd Doerr

God on Trial
The Problem of the Parables
Robert M. Price

Faith and Reason
Watching Intelligent Design
Alexander Nussbaum

It’s Only Natural
Celebrating Science
John Shook


REVIEWS

Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens
Reviewed by Brooke Horvath

The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children
by Katherine Stewart

Reviewed by Edd Doerr

John Emerson Roberts: Kansas City’s “Up-to-Date” Freethought Preacher
by Ellen Roberts Young

Reviewed by Tom Flynn


POEMS

Rill
by Austin MacRae




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February / March 2012

Volume 32, Number 2


Bridging the Gulf: At Last, Social Science Measures Secularity (Introduction)
Tom Flynn

The Social Science of Secularity
Frank L. Pasquale

Who Are These Doubters Anyway? A Look Back at the Demographics of Unbelief
Tom Flynn

The Evangelical Origins of the American Civil War
David Goldfield

Easter Explained: What the Sacrificial Death of the Son Tells Us about the Father
Peter W. Sperlich

Pascals Wager
Adam Nehr


FORUM

Atheists for Jesus? A Caution from the Epistemology of Ethics
Daniel C. Maguire

Cranks, Behinds, and God
Lawrence Rifkin

Tom Flynn Responds to Daniel Maguire and Lawrence Rifkin


LEADING QUESTIONS

From Faith to Critical Thinking
A Conversation with Lee Salisbury


EDITORIAL

Excrement Eventuates!
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

Goodbye to a Fine, Fierce Friend
Andrea Szalanski

In Defense of Richard Dawkins
Christopher Hitchens

The Vatican, Stem-Cell Research, and Me
Arthur Caplan

Obamas Growing Torture Record
Nat Hentoff

Creeping Secular Humanism
James A. Haught

Remembrances of an Enduring People
P Z Myers


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Personhood and Human Rights
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
Critias of Athens
James H. Dee

Its Only Natural
Domesticated Religion and Democracy
John Shook

God on Trial
Malevolent Design
Ron Cordero

Faith and Reason
Snip the Snip
Edan Tasca

Humanism at Large
Mark Twain Tries–Again–to Become a Christian
Joel Welty


REVIEWS

Darwin the Writer
by George Levine

Reviewed by Lauren Becker

Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion
by Phil Zuckerman

Reviewed by Ryan T. Cragun


POEMS

At the Astapovo Station, Excreta, Churches
Ted Richer




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December 2011 / January 2012

Volume 32, Number 1


TRANSFORMING HUMANITY: FANTASTY? DREAM? NIGHTMARE?

The Debate over Enhancements (Introduction)
Ronald A. Lindsay

Enhancement Anxiety
Russell Blackford

Against the Enhancement Project: Two Perspectives
Adrienne Asch and James E. Block

After Happiness, Cyborg Virtue
James Hughes

Can We Make More Moral Brains?
John Shook

Exoplanets and the End of Terrestrial Religion
Andrew Fiala

Evolutionary Biology for Everyone
John A. Frantz


LEADING QUESTIONS

Exposing Dominionism
A Conversation with Rachel Tabachnick


EDITORIAL

Religions Attractions, Humanisms Challenge: The Power of Religions Message
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

A Discussion Long Overdue
Tom Flynn

What Is a Sound Atheism?
Tibor Machan

New Theocrats vs. New Atheists
Wendy Kaminer

The Problem of Evil Part 2: When the Only Defense Is a Fierce Offense
Shadia B. Drury

Does Religion Bring Happiness?
Tom Rees

Let Us Stand in Judgment of Judgment Day
Katrina Voss

The Evolutionary Elevator Pitch
P Z Myers


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Deforestation, Overpopulation, and Our Future
Edd Doerr


REVIEWS

God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution
by Thomas S. Kidd

Reviewed by Debra R. Neill

Revolutionary Deists: Early Americas Rational Infidels
by Kerry Walters

Reviewed by Bill Cooke

Sentinels In Honor of Arthur C. Clarke Edited
by Gregory Benford and George Zebrowski

Reviewed by Tom Flynn

The Conspiracy against the Human Race
by Thomas Ligotti

Reviewed by Tom Flynn


POEM

Requiem for an Ancestor
Lisa Rosati