Social scientists don’t use the word secular like we do—just one of the revelations in this far-ranging cover feature.
Secularism and Social Progress
Unprecedented secularization across the world isn’t just news; in innumerable ways it is good news.
Whither American Freethinking?
The future of unbelief may lie in greater diversity—and less rhetoric about unbelief.
Racial Diversity and the Future of the Secular Movement
Seculars of color are more numerous than ever, but movement groups may need to offer broader programming to attract them.
Raising Our Children to Choose for Themselves
Our movement’s emphasis on individual choice may discourage adoption of optimal growth strategies.
Does It Matter Which Way We Go?
The secular movement can develop in one of two ways, depending on what end point is desired. Then we’ll need a third plan.
An Evidence-Based Strategy for Sustaining the Growth of Unbelief
The key challenge is to use our imaginations constructively to engage an increasingly skeptical and diverse American population and lead it toward unbelief.
CFI to Merge with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science
CFI and the Richard Dawkins Foundation merge, creating the nation’s largest freethought organization.
Openly Secular Is Our Secret Sauce
Gays and lesbians changed their social position by coming out; we unbelievers can accomplish the same by coming forward.
Justice Scalia and Originalism: May They Rest in Peace
Scalia, the great originalist, indulged in motivated reasoning at least as often as the justices and judges he ridiculed.
How Selfish Is It Okay to Be?
“As humanists and rationalists, how do we decide the difference between selfishness and self-preservation?”
Islamophobia or Anti-Muslim Prejudice?
The term Islamophobia serves no unique purpose and tends to discourage any criticism of Islam whatever. It’s time to jettison it.
“Why were conditions in South Africa and East Germany treated as human-rights issues while those in Saudi Arabia were not?”
The Christian Moral Code, Part 1: Sin
“Where does an egoistic faith such as Christianity take us? It leads to . . . a morality that is frozen in place as human experience accumulates.”
Foreign Affairs and the Culture of Shame
“. . . Being the strongest and wealthiest nation in the world is not an occasion for self-aggrandizement or self-congratulation. On the contrary, it means being the custodian of international peace and order”
Letters in response to Free Inquiry volume 36, issue 2.
This Crucial Election Year
Climate change, reproductive choice, and saving public education may be the most crucial issues in this election season.
The People’s Deist: Thomas Paine
“Paine would suffer for this book, but then he had suffered for every book he had ever written.”
The Age of Reason, Part II
“Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author . . . and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies.”
Faith Ideology, and the Seeds of Moral Derangement
“Why should Muslims part with their cherished convictions if Christians won’t part with theirs?”
Humanism and Politics: Are They Separable?
“How much variety in types of politics can exist consistent with humanism?”
The Evolution of Atheism: The Politics of a Modern Movement
“. . . LeDrew’s attempts to weave a sweeping, if somewhat conspiratorial, analysis of it all too often founder, usually on the rocks of his incomplete knowledge of the movement’s nineteenth- and twentieth- century history.”
Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will
“For Baggini, the idea of free will is best understood by listening to those for whom the issue is a daily, vital reality.”
Poem: The religious long tried to silence science…
Justice Scalia’s Agenda-Free Agenda
Scalia presents himself as an originalist regarding constitutional understanding and legal philosophy, claiming to uphold what the constitution actually says.