The Rise of Global Fundamentalism: Are Humanists Really ‘Winning’?
To understand the distressing growth of conservative Christianity and Islam, we must understand the history and cultural dynamics of the so-called “wretched of the earth.”
In Defense of Scientism
Adherence to scientism has been repaying handsomely, economically as well as culturally, whereas betting on anti-scientistic dogmas threatens the growth of knowledge.
Honest atheism is not tragic, but for some it’s genuinely frightening. The answer is more honesty.
In Praise of Statistics
Modern statistics could not have taken shape without the prior discovery of evolution, which helped legitimize and secularize randomness.
Religious Morality: Pointless, Worthless, and Utterly Subjective
Appeals to God cannot settle ethical dilemmas. God can’t tell us what to do; we need to figure that out for ourselves.
Thirty Years Yule Free
A look back at thirty years of skipping Christmas and at how things are different now.
The Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of
Considering the wonders that science reveals, why does anyone need the supernatural?
The Roar of the Crowd
It’s all obvious and predictable enough: of course high status tends to confer immunity from the social pressure and sanctions that keep the rest of us in line.
Surprisingly Sensitive—Civility and Freedom of Speech
Civility is valuable, yet not so much so that the state—or a university—can properly require it.
ISIS and the Future of Islam and the Arab World
Western liberals underestimate the extent to which, in the Arab world, Islamic extremism is a mainstream phenomenon.
Vanquishing evil cannot be the goal of any state or empire for the simple reason that evil, violence, and injustice are the foundation blocks of every state, not to mention empires.
My Pleasures, My Vices
A libertarian opposed to most government programs wrestles with his enjoyment of the programs he likes.
Jesus, the Christian Seneca
As a moral thinker, Seneca leaves Jesus in the dust. Why do we never hear someone ask, “What would Seneca do?”
Letters from Free Inquiry volume 35, issue 1.
Rwanda’s Horror Twenty Years Later
Overpopulation was the cause of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, which the world has largely overlooked.
C. S. Lewis: How the Atheist Academic Became the Lion of Christianity
For believers, C. S. Lewis proves that a Christian commitment is intellectually defensible. But it turns out there is precious little that is intellectual about Lewis’s own journey to Christian belief.
I’m an Atheist. Can I Be President?
An atheist prep-school student wonders whether his unbelief will stunt his future.
On the ‘Evils’ of Santa Claus
Santa Claus is described in many stories as knowing whether children are “naughty or nice.” This is bothersome for two reasons.
Gerald A. Larue, Humanist Laureate, 1916–2014
Gerald A. Larue, a senior editor of Free Inquiry and a Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism (a program of the Council for Secular Humanism), died September 17, 2014, at the age of ninety-eight.
Victor J. Stenger, Physicist and Author, 1935–2014
Victor J. Stenger, a physicist and the author of many popular books on atheism and science, died on August 27, 2014, at the age of seventy-nine.
Claims for Meditation’s Benefits Overreach
A review of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, by Sam Harris.
The Faith of a Conservative
A review of The Soul of the World, by Roger Scruton.
The Sociologists Are In
A review of Atheist Awakening: Secular Activism and Community in America, by Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith.
The poem from the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Free Inquiry.