Spoiler alert: We’ll probably never really know what happened on Easter.
Betting on Jesus: The Vanishing of the Christ
Even granting the possibility of miracles, once we grasp what the resurrection saga means and how it would have had to unfold, we can be certain that it never took place.
Why I Am Not a Fundamentalist Christian
One man’s kindness started a strident fundamentalist on the road toward humanism.
Why I Am Not a Muslim
Teaching an ever-changing population of young Muslim immigrant girls was sometimes an unsettling experience.
Why I Am Not a Member . . . of Anything
For one unbeliever, independence is more important than claiming the label of “atheist.”
Leaving Unholy Mother Church
I’m more than an ex-Catholic; I’m an ardent anti-Catholic. Holy Mother Church should be ashamed.
Why Is Creationism So Persistent?
Creationist beliefs are dismayingly robust because they accord with intuitions about the world that have been with us for thirty millennia and because they are imposed through childhood indoctrination.
Faith: A Disappearing Concept
In the last analysis, faith is the last defense shielding the believer against introspection.
New Laureates Elected to the Academy of Humanism
The International Academy of Humanism, a program of the Council for Secular Humanism, was established to recognize distinguished humanists and to disseminate humanistic ideals and beliefs.
To What Extent Should We Accommodate Religious Beliefs?
The Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases may prompt the Supreme Court to overextend the religious-liberty rights of corporate employers.
Dead Is Dead
If family feelings—including religious beliefs—can mandate prolonged medical care for the dead, society suffers.
What Would Happen If We All Came Out?
If every one of us who can do it comes out about our atheism to one person who doesn’t already know, it could change the world.
Is Democracy a Threat to Liberty?
Liberalism and democracy are very different things. Failure to grasp that underlies America’s failed attempts to “export” “liberal democracy.”
Share, Yes; Force, No
If only more believers could recognize that their taboos apply to them, not to everyone.
Joe Levee, Supporter and Former Board Member
Joseph Raymond Levee, a dedicated supporter of the Council for Secular Humanism and its supporting organization, the Center for Inquiry, died at the age of eighty-seven on February 1, 2014.
Letters in response to the February/March 2014 issue of FREE INQUIRY.
School Rankings and Vouchers: Connecting the Dots
The data actually undermine claims that private, especially religious, schools deliver better education.
Lorraine Hansberry: Writing in the Light of Reason
Lorraine Hansberry’s drama stressed both the humanity of humanism and the need for critical thinking.
What’s the Appeal of Christian Ethics?
The problem with Christian ethics is that its ideal of denying material needs ignores the imperative to find a balanced way to live in the natural world.
My Invisible Friends
Looking for guidance in life? First, make sure you know who your friends are!
Less Secular Than It Seems
A review of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, by Jennifer Michael Hecht.
When We Learn Right and Wrong
A review of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, by Paul Bloom.
An Education on Education
A review of The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools, by Christopher A. Lubienski and Sarah Theule Lubienski.
Modern Mortuary Science
A poem from the April/May 2014 issue of FREE INQUIRY.