Why Secularism Is Necessary for Women
A world-renowned author and activist explains why women can be free and thrive only in secular societies.
White Lies for Life: Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Los Angeles
Crisis pregnancy centers try to trick women out of having abortions—and more than ever, they’re a big business.
Is One of These Things Not Just Like the Other? Why Abortion Can’t Be Separated from Contraception
Efforts to distance contraception from abortion have created a false dichotomy that ill-serves real women, who may turn to contraception or abortion to regulate their fertility.
War and the Religious State
The violence of ISIS is deeply rooted not just in Islam but in the entire Abrahamic religious tradition.
Periyar and India’s Dravidian Movement: A Strident Atheist in the Land of Religion
Though he is now dead, the rationalist activist known as Periyar still influences social change in India.
Krishnasamy Veeramani: Continuing the Fight for Humanism
Krishnasamy Veeramani is a lawyer turned social activist who fights for humanism in South India.
Science and the Emancipation of Humankind
The historical evidence as well as theoretical considerations should make it perfectly clear that the search for truth is not a morally or politically neutral endeavor.
Albert Schweitzer and The Quest of the Historical Jesus—One Hundred Years On
Schweitzer’s very influential critical account of Jesus includes much of importance that more recent scholarship accepts, as well as elements that have undertsandably found little favor.
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.
Americans are fooling themselves if they think they can escape disease threats in far-off lands.
Getting Atheists to Talk about Death
Getting atheists to talk about death is hard—but vitally important for the movement.
Who Is Really Gross and Racist?
The concerns of those worried about insulting Islam are seriously misplaced.
Letters from the February/March 2015 issue of Free Inquiry, in response to the December 2014/January 2015 issue.
Climate Change Is Real and Threatens Us All
A call for concern on climate change and a look at the November election results.
A Better Name for Us, Part 4
Part 4 of the entire four-part article just as the author submitted it.
A Better Name for Us, Part 3
Part 3 of the entire four-part article just as the author submitted it.
A Better Name for Us, Part 2
Part 2 of the entire four-part article just as the author submitted it.
A Better Name for Us, Part 1
Part 1 of the entire four-part article just as the author submitted it.
A Better Name for Us
Does the world need one more label for people who lead lives of reason? Yes, and that label is genuism.
Jump-Starting a Brain Frozen in the Cold War
Society tried to bully me out of thinking for myself. Eventually it failed.
When We Die
The delights of this life are not perfect and far from perfectly distributed; but since they’re all the heaven we get, let’s appreciate them deeply.
Letter from the Serpent
At long last, a look at the Garden of Eden story from the serpent’s perspective.
Jean C. Millholland
First Council for Secular Humanism Executive Director, 1925–2014
Toward a Better World
A review of The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What to Do, by Ronald A. Lindsay.
A Philosopher’s Journey from Faith
A review of Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism, by Philip Kitcher.
Getting Our Story Straight
A review of Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic, by Matthew Stewart.
The Blessing of Animals
A poem from the February/March 2015 issue of Free Inquiry.
Books in Brief
Brief book reviews from the February/March 2015 issue of Free Inquiry.