Adventures in the Bible Business
Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby, by Candida R. Moss and Joel S. Baden (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017, ISBN 978-0-691-17735-9) 223 pp. Hardcover, $29.95. I have to say I felt a bit misled at first by the subtitle of Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby. The implication seemed …
Religious Freedom or Discrimination?
The culture wars have left us with a country that is polarized to the point of paralysis and a national political discourse that becomes more divisive, childish, and vulgar with each passing election year.
Ernestine Rose: Nineteenth-Century Freethought Firebrand
Review of The Rabbi’s Atheist Daughter: Ernestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer, by Bonnie S. Anderson
The Edge of Reason: A Rational Skeptic in an Irrational World
“No matter how committed you are to logic and evidence, you cannot escape yourself, and, yes, this means that there is always a subjective element to our thinking.”
Nature Refutes Creationists’ Claims
“Problems and questions keep mounting. Why in the [Grand Canyon] is there no mixing of land and marine animals as should have occurred in the turbulence of a massive flood?”
Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics
Whatever the future, the history of this issue presents yet another example of religion’s continual reliance on secular forces to show it the way.
Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will
“For Baggini, the idea of free will is best understood by listening to those for whom the issue is a daily, vital reality.”
The Poetry of the First Amendment
A review of Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment, by Burt Neuborne.
Toward a Meeting of Moderates
Phil Ryan’s new book, After the New Atheist Debate, is an invitation to move past the vitriol and to open a dialogue between believers and nonbelievers.
A Philosopher’s Journey from Faith
A review of Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism, by Philip Kitcher.
Arguing for an Afterlife
A review of Death and the Afterlife, by Samuel Scheffler.
When We Learn Right and Wrong
A review of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, by Paul Bloom.
Public Education Means Secular Education
You hear often enough the cry from the religious Right that our schools are teaching secular humanism. What is this all about?
Earth’s Evidence Refutes the Flood
A review of The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood, by David Montgomery.
Understanding Our Differences
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt (New York: Pantheon Books, 2012, ISBN 978-0-307-37790-6) 448 pp. Hardcover, $28.95. Are consequentialist ethics adequate? According to University of Virginia social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, they are not. They suffer from two crucial flaws. First, they depend too heavily on reasoning …
The Story of a Landmark Church-State Case
The Bible, the School, and the Consitution: The Clash That Shaped Modern Church-State Doctrine, by Steven K. Green (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0-19-982790-9) 304 pp. Hardcover, $29.95. Steven K. Green is the Frank H. Paulus Professor of Law and an adjunct professor of history at Willamette University and director of the interdisciplinary …
Secular Humanism Is Sensual
I used to call myself the world’s worst atheist. It seemed that whenever I would get comfortable with disbelief, the rationale for believing would begin stalking me again. “Life is pointless,” whispered my pursuer, “without a supernatural context to endow it with meaning and value, and to provide objective standards for right and wrong.” So …