How Morality Has the Objectivity that Matters—Without God
Morality is neither objective nor subjective—it’s a practical enterprise enmeshed in human relationships. That gives it objectivity enough.
Anticipating Hamlet in the Gospels: God’s Plan, Mere Coincidence, or Intentional Deception?
By the same principles that prove the Old Testament a precursor of Jesus, Jesus is just as obviously a precursor of Hamlet.
Scientific Ethics and the Scriptures of Abrahamic Faiths
We are the stewards of Earth’s future in a way that no writer of ancient scriptures could have imagined. Are we equal to this responsibility?
Why I Am Not a Catholic: Sundays with Estelle
“Naturally, my mother saw to it that her religiosity was duly forced upon her unsuspecting children.”
Why I Am Not a Believer
Because I was born an atheist, I was spared the indoctrination (brainwashing, child abuse) that produces helpless followers of one’s parents’ religion.
Why I Am Not a Catholic
A flash of insight—there is no God!—compels a years-long, but ultimately successful, search for answers.
Why I Am Not a Jehovah’s Witness
This Witness’s break from the family faith occurred, believe it or not, because of Romper Room.
Why I Am Not a Mystic
There were attractive—even seductive—features to the mysticism my parents inculcated in me.
Why I Am Not an Episcopalian
Only after converting to a vivid Christianity could one thinker come to realize how unconvincing it all was.
Why I Am Not a Gutless Atheist
Shedding the last vestige of religious belief—and embracing atheism—made me free.
Why I Am Not a Progressive Christian
“I quickly discovered that most ordinary Christians have little interest in what elite liberal seminaries are teaching their future ministers.”
The Supreme Court Sounds a Wake-up Call
A flawed Supreme Court decision should dispel any illusion that America is quickly becoming more accepting of the nonreligious.
Brain States All the Way Down
Like spirit, words such as transcendence and reverence can’t help making us sound like we still believe in woo.
The Problem of Nuance in a Wonderful and Terrible World
A life with absolute certainty is no life at all.
This Is America? Racially Separate, Unequal Public Schools Persist
Things may not be what they used to be at my old Boston high school, but they surely are across a resegregating nation.
When Does Human Life Begin?
Advocates for fetal “personhood” gain ground in part because scientists and clinicians quail from calling out their errors of fact.
Identifying as an Ex-Muslim, Pros and Cons
“I prefer to identify myself with atheism and humanism as parts of a larger national and global movement, rather than identifying principally with people who happen to come from the same religious background I did.”
Freedom from Religion Is a Civil Right
The separation of church and state in the U.S. constitution is more honored in the breach than in the observance.
Why We Need to Lose Religion to Save America
People who believe the United States can somehow be saved by a rebirth of religious piety miss the most profound lesson American history has to offer.
Letters from the August/September 2014 issue of Free Inquiry.
Climate Change, Overpopulation, and Pope Francis
Daring Pope Francis to reconcile his church to today’s world; New Orleans loses its last public schools.
Dares God—and Lives to Tell the Tale
Though many have been falsely accused of daring God to strike them dead, those who really attempt the exercise invariably survive it.
The Fable of the Christ
If the story of Jesus were true, ancient writers should have commented on it—yet 126 (and counting) who might have done so, did not.
Too Big for the Drama
Modern humans (Homo sapiens) evolved but two hundred thousand years ago, or in about 1/18,000 (0.006 percent) of the time that Earth has existed.
Living Well in the Age of Atheism
A review of The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God, by Peter Watson.
How to Come Out of the Atheist Closet
A review of Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, by Greta Christina.
The Battle of the Pro-Choice Catholics
A review of Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church, by Patricia Miller.
The Shrine That Wasn’t
A poem from the August/September 2014 issue of Free Inquiry.