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Vrijzinnigheid: Secular Humanism in Belgium
Volume 39, No. 5
August / September 2019

Many life stances are present in the European Union (EU); adherents of Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, Orthodox Christianity, and Protestantism are widespread. There are also smaller groups of Buddhist or Hindu denominations. These stances, together with secular humanism, form a patchwork of beliefs. Religious and life-stance pluralism is therefore accepted as a major principle of the …


CFI Thinks Outside the Pox
Volume 39, No. 5
August / September 2019

In the highly politicized vaccination wars raging in the United States right now, Ethan Lindenberger is a hero. In March, as a high school senior, the Ohio teen testified before Congress about how he defied his mother’s rabid anti-vaxxer views and started getting himself vaccinated. Lindenberger came to understand that his mother’s views were simply …

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Profiles of Resilience: Interviews with Atheistic Spinal Cord Injury Survivors
Volume 33, No. 5
August / September 2013

It has long been accepted as an article of faith that religion/spirituality (hereafter “R/S”) has a beneficial effect on both physical and mental health. Popular U.S. survey data appears to indicate a positive association between R/S and various indices of mental and physical well-being. However, this research is not without methodological controversies. Primary among them …


The Foundation of Ethics and Morals in America
Volume 33, No. 5
August / September 2013

In America, a thoughtful parent must understand the foundation of ethics and morals to teach children. Similarly, in answering ethical and moral questions from medical students, residents, and patients over more than forty years as an academic physician and scientist, I have had to know ethical foundational principles. Before coming to the essence of the …


In Response to Reynold Spector
Volume 33, No. 5
August / September 2013

Reynold Spector has provided us with an ambitious and thought-provoking, if somewhat idiosyncratic, essay on ethics and the law. It makes for an interesting read, and he has several insightful observations. That said, I do have some areas of disagreement. More fundamentally, his argument as a whole is on my view inconsistent and self-defeating. To …

Profiles of Resilience: Interviews with Atheistic Spinal Cord Injury Survivors
Volume 33, No. 5
August / September 2013

It has long been accepted as an article of faith that religion/spirituality (hereafter “R/S”) has a beneficial effect on both physical and mental health. Popular U.S. survey data appears to indicate a positive association between R/S and various indices of mental and physical well-being. However, this research is not without methodological controversies. Primary among them …


The Foundation of Ethics and Morals in America
Volume 33, No. 5
August / September 2013

In America, a thoughtful parent must understand the foundation of ethics and morals to teach children. Similarly, in answering ethical and moral questions from medical students, residents, and patients over more than forty years as an academic physician and scientist, I have had to know ethical foundational principles. Before coming to the essence of the …