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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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Is There Independent Confirmation of What the Gospels Say of Jesus?
Volume 31, No. 5
August / September 2011

In this article, I shall focus on the contribution made to this oft-discussed question by the eminent New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman, professor of rel igious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Ehrman’s many books make him prominent among scholars in the field who, as Jacques Berlinerblau observes in The Secular …


Intellectual Black Holes and Bullshit
Volume 31, No. 5
August / September 2011

Even among the world’s best-educated and most scientifically literate populations, ridiculous belief systems abound. Huge numbers of people believe in such things as astrology, television psychics, crystal divination, the healing powers of magnets, and the prophecies of Nostradamus. Many suppose that the pyramids were built by aliens, that the Holocaust never happened, or that the …


On Ethics and Morality
Volume 31, No. 5
August / September 2011

Who would have thought in 1972 that “ethics” would ever become fashionable? That was when my Nucleoethics: Ethics in Modern Society was published in the same sociological series as Ger maine Greer’s The Female Eunuch (1970). Today, ethics is everywhere. The hitherto-obsolescent Hippocratic Oath for doctors has been joined by codes of ethics for advertisers, …


Is There Independent Confirmation of What the Gospels Say of Jesus?
Volume 31, No. 5
August / September 2011

In this article, I shall focus on the contribution made to this oft-discussed question by the eminent New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman, professor of rel igious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Ehrman’s many books make him prominent among scholars in the field who, as Jacques Berlinerblau observes in The Secular …


Intellectual Black Holes and Bullshit
Volume 31, No. 5
August / September 2011

Even among the world’s best-educated and most scientifically literate populations, ridiculous belief systems abound. Huge numbers of people believe in such things as astrology, television psychics, crystal divination, the healing powers of magnets, and the prophecies of Nostradamus. Many suppose that the pyramids were built by aliens, that the Holocaust never happened, or that the …