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A Refutation of John Gray’s Rejection of Humanism
Volume 39, No. 6
October / November 2019
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In his 2018 book Seven Types of Atheism, John Gray gives his understanding and opinions on seven ways that Western thinkers have fashioned worldviews free of Western monotheism. Gray rejects secular humanism as an attractive worldview, additionally rejecting four other manifestations of atheism. We believe Gray’s rejection of secular humanism is poorly founded and merits …


Cosmocracy, We Hardly Knew Ye
Volume 39, No. 6
October / November 2019

For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see Saw a Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be … Till the war-drum throbb’d no longer and the battle-flags were furled In the Parliament of man, the Federation of the world. —Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Locksley Hall” (1842) The secular …

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America’s Peculiar Piety: Why Did Mormonism Grow? Why Does it Endure? (Introduction)
Volume 31, No. 6
October / November 2011

  Mormonism must be done away with by the thousand influences of civilization, by education, by the elevation of the people. —Robert Green Ingersoll, 1884* The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has come a long way since the “Great Agnostic” could recommend to a newspaper reporter that the “influences of civilization” should simply …


My Journey into ‘Formonism’
Volume 31, No. 6
October / November 2011

Given that I’m a proud, barely famous atheist and skeptic, people are often surprised and fascinated to learn that I am a former Mormon (or as I like to say, a “Formon”). After the obligatory polygamy jokes and questions about the “magic underwear,” people are generally curious to know why I left the Church. This …


Joseph Smith: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?
Volume 31, No. 6
October / November 2011

I have been convinced for some time that Joseph Smith’s claims about the discovery of the Golden Plates were a hoax, that Smith himself wr ote the Book of Mormon, that he forged the “Reformed Egyptian” writing he showed to Professor Charles Anthon, and that the whole imposture grew out of Smith’s earlier career as …


America’s Peculiar Piety: Why Did Mormonism Grow? Why Does it Endure? (Introduction)
Volume 31, No. 6
October / November 2011

  Mormonism must be done away with by the thousand influences of civilization, by education, by the elevation of the people. —Robert Green Ingersoll, 1884* The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has come a long way since the “Great Agnostic” could recommend to a newspaper reporter that the “influences of civilization” should simply …


My Journey into ‘Formonism’
Volume 31, No. 6
October / November 2011

Given that I’m a proud, barely famous atheist and skeptic, people are often surprised and fascinated to learn that I am a former Mormon (or as I like to say, a “Formon”). After the obligatory polygamy jokes and questions about the “magic underwear,” people are generally curious to know why I left the Church. This …