The Mything Person Department
Was there a historical Jesus of Nazareth? Or is he best understood as, pardon the expression, a mything person?
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
From left or right, responses to Islamic extremism make matters worse when they fail to address the truth.
Why Jesus Mythicists Should Abandon Secular Humanism
A leading Mythicist rebuts an earlier critique.
Schooling Some University Professors
A critique of myth theory by two professors from Yale and Notre Dame fails to hold water.
It’s Time to Put the Myth Theory of Jesus Aside
So-called Christ-myth theorizing has become an obstacle to genuine humanist scholarship.
My Escape to Freedom
Against all odds, a bright young woman in Baghdad lived as an open atheist—until she could do so no longer.
Fighting Radical Islam by Combating Radical Christianity
Muslim societies seek shelter in religion when they feel threatened. Withdraw the threat, and many may secularize on their own.
Nudge Religions Toward Reality
To reconcile religion with science, we should begin by ceasing to require that all religions worthy of the name must embrace the existence of the supernatural.
When we replace nuance and context with absolutism, we turn ideas into dogma.
The Illusion of Winning the War against ISIS
To defeat terrorist groups enduringly, we must overcome the conditions that let them to thrive.
Go Ahead, Beat Your Dog—If You’re Christian
The suffering of animals is an overwhelming, screamingly obvious contradiction to the ridiculous notion that there is a good god.
The ‘Cake Artist’ and His Bigotry
Do supporters of the “cake artist” understand the mischief that would follow if his argument for refusing service to same-sex couples became settled law?
Re: “A Modest Proposal: Get Religion Out of the Charity Sector,” Tom Flynn, Free Inquiry, December 2017/January 2018. This memo is to assert that this proposal is not a good idea and that beyond being more unattainable than The Nine Demands, it is unlikely to energize the secular humanist movement. Furthermore, it is likely to …
Trump vs. Public Schools and Democracy
Trump education policies favor vouchers and charters, further disadvantaging his strongly-rural voter base.
Optimism from the Ashes: The Galactic Humanism of Isaac Asimov
Asimov dared to ask how humanity would be saved from enervation brought on by its own success.
Religion and Science Fiction
Asimov considers science fiction’s obligation toward religious sensitivities.
Why Am I Not Religious?
Why Nigeria needs humanism, so very intensely.
My Theological Quest Ends in Secular Humanism
How an eclectic ecumenical minister’s theological quest ended in secular humanism.
One-Fourth of Christians ‘Speak in Tongues’
Jerking, howling, swooning Pentacostalism is the fastest-growing style of Christianity.
Sigmund Freud and the Mystery of Psychoanalysis
Frederick Crews’s new book paints Freud as a swindling purveyor of pseudoscience.
America’s Sense of Mission
Burton L. Mack is a prominent scholar in the field of early Christian history. He is the author of an extensive body of work examining the origins of Christianity up to and including the all-important fourth century CE, when it became the official religion of the Roman Empire.
A Short but Essential Read on Secularism
Numerous books offer an introduction to humanism. Many more acquaint the reader with naturalism. There’s an absolute torrent of “primers” on atheism. But secularism?
Community Life or Disbelief?
As a rule, Free Inquiry does not review books that are self-published or issued by subsidy or vanity presses. An exception is made for A Reluctant Agnostic because of the work’s unique character.
Thinking Inside the Box
Arlindo Oliveira, president of the Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal) and a professor of computer science and engineering, wishes to inform us of our possible digital future by explaining the development and present state of work in computer science, cell biology, and neuroscience.
Because two buildings are going up, both across the street from where I live, I get a stereo effect.
The Ages of Man (After Hesiod)
Homer: the song
An olive tree the bed