Opening a discussion of the problem of evil as a proof for God’s nonexistence.
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Theodicy Riddle?
God’s proposed attributes simply can’t be reconciled with the presence of evil. But that only poses new moral challenges for atheists.
Evil God and Mirror Theodicies
Most theodicies that defend a good god have mirror twins that defend an evil god.
Evil Gods and Evil Men: Some Limits in the Debate
If we choose to pave our way through suffering with labels such as like “good” and “evil,” we should not expect this to alter our suffering.
Is It Wrong to Accept God’s Gift of Salvation?
How dare the materially privileged bask in the promise of salvation when others don’t have the advantages they enjoy in this world?
Auschwitz and Evil: My Experience Growing Up as the Son of a Survivor
All gratuitous suffering makes God’s existence unlikely, but the towering suffering of the Holocaust places it in high relief.
Why John Hick’s Solution to the Problem of Evil Makes God Monstrous
Far from defending the goodness of God, Hick’s portrait of God is so repellent that human decency requires denouncing him without reservation.
Is One Person’s Theodicy Another’s Anthropodicy? Preliminary Considerations
“. . . In light of a general optimism on the part of atheists regarding human capacity for good (and evil), how do atheists explain crushing moral evil?”
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.
A Response to an Almost Good but Limited and Very Troubling Argument against Trigger Warnings
Greta Christina responds to Kristine Harley’s critique of her column “Trigger Warning.”
The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Need for Political Solutions
“There is a need right now to break this cycle of violence and support a third-party government, even if it currently doesn’t have enough popular support currently to function on its own.”
Should Atheist and Humanism Organizations Broaden Their Purpose?
Humanist and atheist organizations can’t solve every problem in society; maybe they should stick to the issues on which they can make the largest difference.
Letters in response to Free Inquiry volume 36, issue 1
Public Education under Siege, Part 2
“Teachers and their unions are blamed for the real or imagined shortcomings of our schools.”
H.L. Mencken: Scourge of the Booboisie
“He was a cultural commentator who helped usher in a new era of American thought, and then he arbitrarily dug in his heels against any further progress nce he saw his gals achieved.”
In Memoriam: W.J.B.
In which Mencken skewers the late William Jennings Bryan with perverse gusto.
Jean Raspail’s novel The Camp of the Saints was not clairvoyant, but in 2015 it sure seems prophetic.
Religion: Private Matter or Public Policy?
Religious extremists are crazy, right? Not so fast.
Sympathy for the Devil-Believers
“‘How can you be moral without God?’ my companion asked me in all earnestness. I’ve often thought I should’ve answered, ‘You know, you’re right,’ and stabbed his hand with my fork.”
A Life of Love, Religion, and Science
“I grew out of my childhood belief in Santa Claus and his North Pole toy factory—why not God and his heaven?”
Move Upstream: A Call to Solve Overpopulation
“Unfortunately, most environmental-conservation charities want nothing to do with overpopulation concerns.”
An Abandoned Church
Poem: The abandoned church stood / In an open field / Where lately not a soul had trod.