The best path forward for humankind involves consigning as much of our religious heritage as possible to history’s proverbial dustbin.
Features of Religions as Cognitive By-Products
In a quarter century, cognitive science has revolutionized our understanding of religion.
The Story of a Creature with Peculiar Habits
The roots of religious behavior may lie deeper than many cognitive scholars of religion think.
Reinvigorating the Comparative, Cooperative Ethnographic Sciences of Religion
The greatest challenge in advancing the social science of religion may lie in better organizing the social scientists.
Atheists: The Puppy Kicking, Chicken ‘Loving,’ Serial Killing Cannibals Next Door?
Prejudice against atheists is real. It’s global. And it’s worse than you think.
The Meaning and Legacy of Humanism: A Sharp Challenge from a Potential Ally
Humanist philosopher Andy Norman challenges superstar intellectual Yuval Noah Harari about the meaning of humanism.
Traditional religions and their deities cannot be stretched to accommodate contemporary scientific cosmology.
Tale of the Trail
This year is the silver anniversary of the re-opening of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum by what is now known as the Council for Secular Humanism. (The birthplace of nineteenth-century agnostic orator Robert Green Ingersoll had been restored and opened as a museum twice before—in the 1920s and the 1950s—each time closing after a …
A Trail for the Heartland
New York State has no monopoly on radical reform history.
Women Should Be Mad at Religion Not (Just) Trump
Trump is not feminism’s real enemy: that would be the misogyny at Christianity’s core.
An Unexpected Milestone
It’s the Ingersoll Museum’s silver anniversary. Celebration will ensue.
Rationality and Nuance
How much nuance is too much? The answer is not a given; it’s up to us where to draw the lines.
Just a Semantic Argument? The Free Will Free-for-All
Disputes about free will may reflect our fears about fatalism and moral responsibility.
Is the GOP Fit for Liberal Democracy?
Many GOP ideologies are profoundly illiberal or staunchly undemocratic—or both.
Let’s Not Split the Difference This Time
Why is it so hard to agree that sexual demands in the workplace are wrong, period?
What Is Missing from the Conversation about Iraqi Elections and Extremism?
Iraq needs a future beyond the dueling sectarians.
The Party of Traitors
How much lower can the GOP’s current incarnation go?
Billy Graham, Longtime Critic of Secular Humanism, Dies at Ninety-Nine
William Franklin Graham Jr., best known to the world simply as Billy Graham, died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, on February 21, 2018. He was ninety-nine. Graham was perhaps the world’s best known Christian evangelist. He supposedly provided spiritual counseling to every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. Graham was a longtime …
Tom Flynn, in his Op-Ed “A Modest Proposal: Get Religion Out of the Charity Sector” in the December 2017/January 2018 issue, says he can’t see how denominational charities can maintain their identities if they steer their fundraising activities far outside of their own communities. Does that mean religious charitable organizations will refuse money from heathens? …
Educators vs. Trump/DeVos
Few who know the field support the Trump/DeVos agenda.
An Evolution of Doubt
Discovering that the universe is unauthored … and that life without a higher meaning is enough.
The Only Real Question
At last we can settle whether God exists—so long as God doesn’t chicken out.
Understanding Ignorance: The Surprising Impact of What We Don’t Know, by Daniel R. DeNicola
Understanding Ignorance: The Surprising Impact of What We Don’t Know, by Daniel R. DeNicola (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2017, ISBN 978-0-262-03644-3) xii + 250 pp. Hardcover, $27.95. “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance,” observed H. L. Mencken in Notes on Democracy (1926). Gettysburg College Professor of Philosophy Daniel …
Sharing Reality: How to Bring Secularism and Science to an Evolving Religious World
Sharing Reality: How to Bring Secularism and Science to an Evolving Religious World, by Jeff T. Haley and Dale McGowan (Durham, N.C.: Pitchstone Publishing, 2017, ISBN 978-1634311267) 151 pp. Paperback, $14.95. Some atheists embrace missionary work. They maintain we should strive, through peaceful persuasion, to eradicate belief in gods. There are no deities, and …
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