A Modest Proposal: Get Religion Out of the Charity Sector
Do church-run charities still have a place in a more secular future? If not, what about humanist charities?
September 30 marks International Blasphemy Rights Day (IBRD), which the Center for Inquiry has observed since its beginning.1 IBRD celebrates the right of authors, artists, and dissidents to treat religious matters as they see fit, even to the point of offending believers.
In the preceding issue, Part 11 of this three-part symposium in print took a think-tank approach, emphasizing naturalism’s implications for education and public policy. In Part 2, we turn in a more critical direction.
All Things Bold and Blasphemous
Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day (IBRD)! Secular humanists and other free-speech stalwarts celebrate IBRD each September 30. For more on the observance, see my Introduction to this issue’s cover feature, “Art, Blasphemy, and Humanism”.
Who cares about philosophy, anyway? You must, because you have one.
“Yuval Noah Harari … has presented an extreme and factually untethered critique of humanism.”
A Powerful Account of Leaving Faith
Review of Star Map: A Journey of Faith, Doubt, and Meaning, by Lewis Vaughn
Leaving Religion—for ‘Religion’
Review of Why I Left / Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son, by Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo.
Another Step Forward for Freethought Literature
Review of: Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation
Introduction: From an Unlikely Quarter, a New View of the Is-Ought Problem
“The subjective sense of mattering may be the reality toward which all those sterile controversies about an objective meaning in life were ointing all along.”
For Seculars, Challenges Ahead
“Trump has been the ‘box of chocolates’ president-elect: you never know what you’re going to get.”
The Nones Become Many More
“Why did the majority of respondents who ‘just stopped believing’ do so?”
A Response to Stephen LeDrew
The editor responds to an author’s criticisms.
The Great Agnostic Would Be Proud
The memory of Robert Green Ingersoll is being preserved on many fronts.
“… Free Inquiry presents a large-scale reappraisal of humanism’s outsized role in social-justice activism throughout he twentieth century.”
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.