Free Internet Porn and America: A Report on a Natural Experiment
“Broadband Internet brought pornography into tens of millions of American homes—for free. Within just a few years, the entire country was wired. And watching.”
The Irresponsibility of Intellectuals
“You have to understand that this picture of the future is not a remote and improbable one, and if it comes to your neighborhood in the shape of terrorism, you’ll have paid for it.”
Why Secular Humanists Should Abandon the Myth Theory of Jesus
When mainstream theologians admit the Resurrection might never have occurred, arguments that Jesus never existed miss the point.
Obama’s One Big Disappointment: Church-State Separation
Obama went back on a campaign promise to reform how billions of dollars in federal grants to faith-based organizations would e administered.
The Nones Become Many More
“Why did the majority of respondents who ‘just stopped believing’ do so?”
Yes—Oh, Dear, Yes—Don’t Ban the Burkini
“Basic ideas of free speech require that people be at liberty to express their commitments in public.”
The Foxification of American Democracy, Part 2
“Fox News legitimizes violent insurrection—and invites calamity. How did it come to this?”
The Christian Moral Code, Part 5: Love
By the time of Jesus, the commandment to “love thy neighbor” was already part of most religions and also Greco-Roman philosophy.
“What I would like to learn from Shriver’s critics is how cultural appropriation differs from what we call ‘education.’”
Humanists have a special obligation to defend the humanities, in education and in society.
St. [Mother] Teresa and the Miracles Game
If the Church wishes to honor a doctrinaire nun, let it do so without an affront to science and reason.
Earl Lee (1954–2015)
Remembering scholar and author Earl Lee.
Letters in response to Free Inquiry volume 36, issue 6.
The Pearl-Harboring of American Public Education
“Over three million students now attend charter schools, which are generally rather opaque and rarely answerable to elected public boards.”
Determinism in the Courtroom: The Other Legacy of Clarence Darrow
“Darrow’s approach remained the same: a full and frank determinism with a boundless empathy t its core.”
“People talk of criminals as though they were utterly different from ‘good’ people.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to recurrent questions about atheism and humanism you wish you’d thought of at the time.
The Right to Believe
“What we believe affects others, and how we affect others goes to the core of morality.”
A Muslim Version of New Atheism
“There is a Muslim tradition of religious skepticism, particularly among intellectuals with a modern education.”
Under Tiberius, by Nick Tosches (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2015, ISBN 978-0316405669). 336 pp. Hardcover, $26.00. As Under Tiberius draws to a close, its narrator, Gaius Fulvius Falconius, knows he is dying. Bedridden and in pain, Falconius holds no hope for an afterlife. And though he sees the world that he is about to …
The Cartoon History of Humanism, Volume One: Antiquity to Enlightenment
“Why a cartoon history of humanism? The obvious answer, roughly put, is Why not?’”
A World to Live In: An Ecologist’s Vision for a Plundered Planet
“Woodwell’s conclusions on our global crisis are considered and carefully detailed in this concise (if often repetitious) summation of a life’s work.”
It Crawled from the Swamp
It emerged from the swamp”ooze / And crawled onto land;