What Doesn’t Atheism Mean?
Why should the kind of atheist one is incline anyone to adopt a specific, rather narrow set of values?
Maybe It’s the Cabin Pressure
Why what the pope says in airplanes may not matter—and why our efforts to stem climate disaster may not either.
Religious History without a Prayer
“Beneath Jacoby’s gaze, each conversion proves exp licable without treating the ‘spiritual’ matters—often thought central to any conversion experience—as in any way causally significant.”
A New Perspective on Roe v. Wade
“With measured tones and expert scholarship, Mary Ziegler demonstrates that almost everything most of us think we know about Roe and its consequences is incorrect.”
Social scientists don’t use the word secular like we do—just one of the revelations in this far-ranging cover feature.
The Evolution of Atheism: The Politics of a Modern Movement
“. . . LeDrew’s attempts to weave a sweeping, if somewhat conspiratorial, analysis of it all too often founder, usually on the rocks of his incomplete knowledge of the movement’s nineteenth- and twentieth- century history.”
Opening a discussion of the problem of evil as a proof for God’s nonexistence.
Atheodicy and the Impossibility of God: Epilogue
The necessity of atheodicy—and why humanists and atheists who’ve been harmed by religion will see it most clearly.
China’s One-Child Policy: A Requiem
Even China was unprepared to do what will be necessary to not just stop population growth but to reduce human numbers to a sustainable level.
Move Upstream: A Call to Solve Overpopulation
“Unfortunately, most environmental-conservation charities want nothing to do with overpopulation concerns.”
Humans created “God,” not the other way around. Better that we take that lesson before we finish wrecking the planet.
Two Nations, One Abyss
Still think of Turkey and India as secular democracies? Think again: both countries are close to theocracy.
The Bombastic ‘Mr. Atheist Pants’
A review of Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World, by David Silverman.
If This Be Blasphemy, Let Us Make the Most of It
The arguments favoring the right to blaspheme have changed little in nine years. But they’re still right.
I expected to be frustrated when I searched Amazon.com’s Books department on the keyword afterlife. I wasn’t disappointed. (Or should I say that I was disappointed?)
Where Have All the Anti-altruists Gone?
Science settled the question whether altruism is real, and most of us never noticed.
Call It Terrorism
A review of Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism, by David S. Cohen and Krysten Connon.
Too often, experts on climate change, environmental depletion, and species loss go out of their way not to discuss population’s relevance to their concerns.
Overpopulation, Immigration, and the Human Future
Today’s myriad ecological crises can never be solved without a major commitment not just to control but to reduce human numbers.
God for ‘Dummies’
A review of How God Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith, by Marshall Brain.
An invitation for readers to speak their minds on the enduring crises of the Middle East.
Perhaps the World’s Shortest Argument Against Israel
Israel may mean well, but it is—unavoidably—built on discriminatory principles that most secularists would abhor in any other context.
The CFI Merger in Context
The recent merger into CFI marks a culmination of two movements’ histories.
Published before the Islamic attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo, this book takes on even greater relevance in the massacre’s wake.
Secularism Humanism: Not a Religion
Conceding from its opening move that humanism is a religion, the American Humanist Association damaged the movement while defending one prisoner’s rights.
Thirty Years Yule Free
A look back at thirty years of skipping Christmas and at how things are different now.
The Sociologists Are In
A review of Atheist Awakening: Secular Activism and Community in America, by Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith.
What is religion good for? For secular humanists on the atheist side of the spectrum, the reflexive answer is often ‘Nothing much.’
Winning future church-state lawsuits may require us to step away from the familiar arena of “religious freedom” and into the more inclusive arena of freedom of conscience.
Brain States All the Way Down
Like spirit, words such as transcendence and reverence can’t help making us sound like we still believe in woo.
Secularism and Secular Humanism
“Among today’s students, what does it mean to be secular—in other words, how do they understand that term?”
Spoiler alert: We’ll probably never really know what happened on Easter.
Less Secular Than It Seems
A review of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, by Jennifer Michael Hecht.
No God, Know Peace: Introduction
In the April/May 2013 issue, FREE INQUIRY invited readers to submit autobiographical essays describing the life-stance odysseys that had led them to their present positions of secular humanism or atheism.
How Small Our Wants
Let’s look back at The Nine Demands of Liberalism and reflect on the differences between what freethinkers wanted circa 1870 and what many in our movement want today.
Speaking—at Last!—of Forbidden Things
A review of Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation, edited by Philip Cafaro and Eileen Crist, with a foreword by Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich.
Just a couple of years ago, an objective observer might be forgiven for concluding that religious Humanism was dying—or at least that it was in a very bad way.
The Left Is Not Always Right
Sidney Hook was among the earliest American intellectuals to break with Marxism. That’s saying a lot: Marxist revolutionary thought held enormous sway over American intellectuals during much of the twentieth century.
Helping Seculars Gain Traction in Government
The Citizen Lobbyist teaches its reader how a private citizen can lobby effectively in the halls of government. Period. And it does so without a wasted word.
Celebrating Fifty Years of Separation
The year 2013 marks a noteworthy anniversary: it has been fifty years since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the conjoined cases Abingdon School District v. Schempp and Murray v. Curlett ended school-sponsored Bible reading in American public schools. This decision came on the heels of 1962’s Engel v. Vitale, which ended school-sponsored prayer. Those …