Appreciating the Unknown Ingersoll
Ingersoll was a brilliant man and a rousing orator, but he wasn’t always ahead of his time.
Ingersoll, the Premature Feminist
Almost alone among Golden Age freethinkers, Ingersoll’s ideas about women would not seem out of place today.
Freethought and Fury
The story of an epic battle between freethought and censorship.
‘Radically’ Redesigned: Re-Experience the Freethought Trail
The Council’s Freethought Trail has a new look and new features.
The God of the Holocene Epoch Is Dead: Religion’s Fatal Flaw
There is no deus ex machina. The battle against climate change is on us.
Myth Became Fact
OK, so Christianity is untrue. But what if it were made “true”?
Separation of Church and State: Ranking the Presidents
Five U.S. presidents whose grasp of church-state separation was exemplary.
The Four Horsemen of Apologetics
Christian theology’s new champions have achieved far less than their admirers may think.
Freethought’s History Mustn’t Be Forgotten
Radical-reform history is obscure largely because religious conservatives want it that way.
Facebook vs. Freethought
Far from freeing us, social media has made many more cautious about speaking their minds.
A Step Closer to Human Cloning?
The recent cloning of macaque monkeys is impressive, but we’re still a long way from human reproductive cloning.
Disenchantment and History
The cyclical view of history is not just a testament to human folly but to human limitations.
The Prison of Self
Trump’s inability to grasp the reality of other minds is so extreme it amounts to a handicap.
How Giant Birds Help Disprove the Existence of a Good God
There is no biological necessity for predators; a good God could have (and should have!) arranged the world differently.
The West now is firmly in the Secular Era, when supernatural religion fades to a discredited fringe.
The Myth of Rationalist Dogma
A dissenting view from Greta Christina’s on rationalist dogma.
Stephen Hawking, Theoretical Physicist and Atheist, Dies at Seventy-Six
Stephen Hawking (1942–2018)
Greta Christina (“Rationalist Dogma,” FI, February/March 2018) would have us believe that open debate is an overrated vehicle for free speech and, worse, an exercise that often subverts social justice while masquerading as the free exchange of ideas in the civic square. When we bring “bad ideas” under debate, we harm society by rendering them …
The afterlife is comforting but a myth; those who know the truth learn to make do with less ambitious consolations.
Damage Report: Humanae Vitae at Fifty
Humanae Vitae, one of the greatest mistakes of the twentieth century, turns fifty.
Confessions of a Recovering Jerk
One opponent of sexual harassment realizes that he’s been less than blameless.
Infinity: Just One Damn Thing after Another
Infinity may be real, and Zeno’s Paradox may not rebut it.
Why I Don’t Believe—an Examination of Atheist Logic
I cannot be a part of worshipping a god with strong psychopathic traits.
If I’m Asked to Deliver a Prayer of Thanks
How to ensure, if asked to proffer a prayer, that one will never be so asked again.
Adventures in the Bible Business
Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby, by Candida R. Moss and Joel S. Baden (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017, ISBN 978-0-691-17735-9) 223 pp. Hardcover, $29.95. I have to say I felt a bit misled at first by the subtitle of Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby. The implication seemed …
Secularism in Africa
What Secularism Means to Africa: What It Has Been, What It Hasn’t Been and What It Could Mean for Human Rights, edited by Jon O’Brien (Washington, D.C., Catholics for Choice, 2017, ISBN 978-0-998416-1-6) 40 pp. Softcover, $15.00. In America today, we struggle nervously against a rising tide of efforts by the “theocrat Right” and their …
A River Ran through Him
The River of Consciousness, by Oliver Sacks (New York: Knopf, 2017, ISBN 978-0-385-35256-7) x + 237 pp. Hardcover, $27.00. The River of Consciousness, the book neurologist Oliver Sacks (Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) was working on just before his death in 2015, collects ten essays written over the past fifteen …
Each night at midnight, a northern wind finds the bedroom window and strikes the harp’s strings to awaken King David. He calls God, “midnight.” Chopin wrote 21 of them. Ignace Leybach remembered only for his fifth. Faure, Scriabin, Satie, Poulenc. Debussy. Shostakovich. Mendelssohn. Have a secure grasp of the long phrases. Whistler painted a series …
Even before the Easter candles were lit, Illuminating the grainy lines of their faces There in the darkened church, I knew how tired And weighted down those immigrant laborers were, And just by hearing the creak of their crowded pews. At stroke of midnight, when everyone rose to sing Christos Anesti, and I could believe …