Ingersoll, the Premature Feminist
Almost alone among Golden Age freethinkers, Ingersoll’s ideas about women would not seem out of place today.
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Theodicy Riddle?
God’s proposed attributes simply can’t be reconciled with the presence of evil. But that only poses new moral challenges for atheists.
Women’s History: A Core Secular Issue
It isn’t surprising that the secular movement in America has been characterized by historical discontinuities that, in a number of respects, resemble the amnesia that held back feminism for so long.
How to Attract More Secular Women Activists
At the pioneering program “Women in Secularism” sponsored in May 2012 by the Center for Inquiry–Washington D.C., I discussed some of the reasons—from the greater religiosity of women to actual denigration of female intellect by some male secular activists (which you wouldn’t think would exist among male creatures who pride themselves on their rationality)—for the …
The Christian Nation Fiction, Then and Now
When I was growing up in the fifties and sixties, almost no one in politics or everyday life went around proclaiming, “I am a Christian.” If indeed you were a Christian—that is, someone who considers Jesus Christ the Messiah—you identified yourself as a Lutheran, a Methodist, a Baptist, a Catholic, and so on in excelsis …
Keeping the Faith, Ignoring the History
Nearly everyone now takes for granted the wisdom, constitutionality, and inevitability of some form of federal financing for community social services run by religious groups. Who anymore can imagine that the United States managed to exist for over two hundred years without the government providing any direct aid to faith and its works? It is …
Religious Correctness and the American Press
The Press Of The Past Was More Progressive Before I address the way today’s press does—or, more frequently, does not—incorporate a nonreligious perspective in its coverage of public issues, I would like to treat you to a sample of the kind of coverage that the “secularist perspective” received 125 years ago. On May 23, 1880, …