A Better Name for Us

Glade Ross

We’re a very nice bunch of folks, we in this community who identify with (and, yes, celebrate) the principles Paul Kurtz set out to promote when he spearheaded the launch of Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry and later founded the Center for Inquiry. But at the risk of raising an oft-visited and sometimes painful question, what should the members of this community call themselves?

Later in this article, I’ll be offering a suggestion—one I’m fairly certain you haven’t encountered before. But first let me offer some autobiography, because the line of thinking that gave rise to my suggested name for our community is inseparable from the experiences that marked my own withdrawal from religion.

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