American Secular Identity, Twenty-First-Century Style: Secular College Students in 2013
“. . . There has been a significant generational shift away from religion and theism.”
We’ve Come This Far—in Spite of Faith
Debunking the Myth of Civil Rights as a Church Movement
“. . . The Sherrill decision was based in part on the Doctrine of Discovery, one of the rare principles of American law that came not from English common law or from the pen of some Enlightenment philosopher but rather from the Vatican.”
The Eucharist and the Origin of Magical Ideas
“. . . The power of gestures or words is due to their being understood by an intelligent (animal or human) respondent. But if this was not realized, it could be supposed that they themselves had an effective power.”
Agribusiness and ‘Original Sin’
“. . . The original sin of agribusiness will haunt mankind more or less indefinitely.”
Why I Am Not a ‘Yes’ Man
“Surrounded by family members firmly devoted to their beliefs can make freethought a lonely journey.”
Why I Am Not a Trappistine Nun
“The days were filled with prayer, work, meditation, reading, and then more prayer and more work.”
Why I Am Not a Catholic
“By the time I was ten or eleven, I’d figured out that church was theater.”
Why I Am Not a Krishna Devotee
“Unlike the Southern Baptists, the devotees of Krishna danced, sang, made noise, and it was a holy thing.”
Why I Am Not a Presbyterian
“Finally, I asked, ‘Can an all-powerful God make a rock so big he can’t move it?’ Success at last; I was kicked out of Sunday school.”
Why I Am Not a Catholic
“. . . It wasn’t as if God was down to his last apple and the angels were going hungry; Adam and Eve had been surely just ‘breaking a rule,’ not really causing any harm.”
Commonalities between Homosexuality and Atheism
“I have met many gays and lesbians who have cited Christianity’s general tendency to deprecate homosexuality as their reason for leaving the religion of their upbringing.”
Secularism and Secular Humanism
“Among today’s students, what does it mean to be secular—in other words, how do they understand that term?”
The Rushdie Affair—Lest We Forget
“Enraged by the presence at a cultural festival of Aziz Nesin, translator of parts of the novel into Turkish, the mob set fire to a hotel, killing thirty-five people.”
“A major battle the no-choice side has won is that of convincing a great many people, including many of those who support abortion rights, that abortion itself is tragic.”
I Believe in Superman
“While we hardly know anything about Jesus before he was thirty, we have hundreds of hours of video-recorded testimony about Superman growing up in his hometown of Smallville, Kansas…”
“. . . Despite all its successes, liberalism suffers from debilitating flaws that incline it to self-destruction.”
Are You Ready for a New Age of Surveillance?
“We have gone so far beyond George Orwell—yet this isn’t fiction.”
Understanding Public Choice Theory
“The gist of public choice theory is that so-called public servants . . . promote goals of their own even as they claim to be serving the public interest.”
States of Faith
“Legal challenges to the motto and Pledge produced court decisions calling the affirmations mere ‘ceremonial deism’ that have ‘lost through rote repletion any significant religious content.’”
Edwin Kagin, 1940–2014
Edwin Kagin, American Atheists’ national legal director and cofounder of Camp Quest, has died at the age of seventy-three.
Letters in response to the April/May 2014 issue.
Carl Sagan, Cosmos, and Abortion Rights
“Perhaps you didn’t know that [Carl] Sagan was also an important champion of abortion rights.”
Teaching the Gospel of Evolution
“A significant number of . . . students have been brought up to dismiss evolution and thus reject the main tenet of my discipline, biochemistry.”
Facing the Facts
A review of Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism, edited by C. M. Hays and C. B. Ansberry.
An Urgent Call for Population Limits
A review of Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, by Alan Weisman.
Gimme That Old-Time Atheism
A review of Imagine There’s No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World, by Mitchell Stephens.
A poem from the June/July 2014 issue of FREE INQUIRY.