Atheism Is Scary Because It Reminds People of Death
“. . . People are now more likely than ever to bypass religion altogether and to look toward popular culture for guidance.”
Not only is death inevitable, life wouldn’t be possible without it.
The Future of Death
A year working in a mortuary reshapes one atheist’s understanding of death.
A Secular Stoic Perspective on Death
Ancient Stoic philosophy has much to offer contemporary secular humanists.
Would You Pray with a Dying Believer?
What is a secular humanist to do under these circumstances? To pray or not to pray?
Three Minutes before Midnight: An Interview with Lawrence Krauss about the Future of Humanity
One on one with a keeper of the Doomsday Clock, which has been tracking existential risk since 1947.
How the Nonreligious Are Reshaping American Burial
Cremation’s popularity is swelling. One factor seems to be growth among the nonreligious.
Protecting Your Service Wishes When Your Loved Ones Are Religious
Worried how your religious survivors will arrange your funeral? You can’t stop them, but you can set limits.
God the Concept
Rejection of religion began with this writer’s deep understanding of the story of Abraham.
Islam and the Eclipse of Secularism
If civilization lasts long enough, secularism might one day get another chance in Muslim countries. For now, it is dead.
Sadly, Malthus Was Right—Now What?
“Those who deny that overpopulation is a problem say the poor don’t consume much. Yet the poor want nothing more than to consume more.”
Maybe It’s the Cabin Pressure
Why what the pope says in airplanes may not matter—and why our efforts to stem climate disaster may not either.
Atheist Law Student Killed in Bangladesh
Another Bangladeshi secularist is slaughtered in broad daylight.
Revulsion and Habituation
Given human nature, genocide is always a possibility.
Suppress and Punish: The Dangerous Impulse to Shut Down Speech
Shutting down speech is authoritarianism in action.
Will the Neoconservatives Lose Their Grip on the GOP?
It’s a long shot, but Donald Trump might cut the GOP’s ties to a toxic neoconservatism.
The Christian Moral Code, Part 2: Forgiveness
In the context of New Testament theology, forgiveness is incoherent and ultimately contradictory.
Letters in response to Free Inquiry Vol. 36, Issue 3.
Obituary: Tibor R. Machan
Machan will be most remembered for his role in publishing the libertarian magazine Reason and the establishment of the Reason Foundation.
Angel Unaware: An Atheist’s Perspective on Child Suffering
When I retired to Arizona in 2008, I never imagined—given its proximity to very liberal California and its distance from the prototypical “South”—that I would be living in the heart of the Southwest Bible Belt. But that is where I, an atheist, took up residence and began my postretirement career. As I am hardly one …
And Then There Were None(s)
Reflections on politics and the growing body of research on Nones.
ISIS, Moses, and Sex Slavery
ISIS’s worst atrocity merely echoes one committed by Moses in the Old Testament.
Atheist in a Foxhole (Or Rather, an Unarmored Toyota)
What a journey—from Lutheran to fundamentalist to atheist . . . to atheist minister!
The Rise of the Granfalloons: Overcoming the Stigma of Corporate Intangibility
A modest proposal to take corporate personhood to its illogical conclusion.
Religious History without a Prayer
“Beneath Jacoby’s gaze, each conversion proves exp licable without treating the ‘spiritual’ matters—often thought central to any conversion experience—as in any way causally significant.”
What Sort of Free Will Is Worth Having?
“We are afraid that science has shown, or will soon show, that we can’t be what we want to be.”—Daniel Dennett
A New Perspective on Roe v. Wade
“With measured tones and expert scholarship, Mary Ziegler demonstrates that almost everything most of us think we know about Roe and its consequences is incorrect.”
Books in Brief
Brief reviews from Free Inquiry Vol. 36, No. 4.
In Good We Trust
Oh, what a difference an “O” makes / In this land where separation of church and / State