“… Free Inquiry presents a large-scale reappraisal of humanism’s outsized role in social-justice activism throughout he twentieth century.”
Creative Minority Report: How the Humanist Movement Changed America
“… Sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly, a humanist movement—and its underlying ideals—helped to shape many of the major social-reform initiatives that would transform America’s political and cultural landscape during the twentieth century.”
Why I Am Pro-Abortion, Not Just Pro-Choice
Why be pro-abortion? Because of all the genuine, unquestioned goods it makes possible.
The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife: Fact or Fake?
“The forger even included a typographical error in transcription that was in the online edition he or she used for the copying!”
Francis: A Pope Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers Can Believe In
“My experience as a priest impressed me with the sad reality that many parishioners were motivated only by hope of eventual bliss or by fear of an endless hell.”
Is My Intolerance of Your Intolerance Intolerant?
“Bizarrely, a subset of progressives has bought into the idea that any criticism of the tenets of Islam is an attack on Muslim people.”
From Lahore to Brussels to Baghdad: A Plan to Fight Back
“What is starting to hurt me almost more than the continuous terrorist attacks—which make it seem as though the whole world is on fire—is seeing how we are becoming numb to these attacks.
What Does Atheism Mean?
“When you say the definition of atheism should be what it’s always been, you’re saying the old guard gets to define the language forever.”
What Doesn’t Atheism Mean?
Why should the kind of atheist one is incline anyone to adopt a specific, rather narrow set of values?
The Christian Moral Code, Part 3: Humility
“Once formed by making the last first, the Catholic Church then became dedicated to keeping the first first.”
In Memoriam: Harry Kroto, 1939–2016
Remembering an exceptional chemist, humanist, and educator.
Letters in response to Free Inquiry volume 36, issue 4
“It should be obvious that failure to provide universal access to contraception, legal abortion, good sexuality education, nd decent medical care . . . can only exacerbate the climate-change seamroller.”
Normalizing Blasphemy: Robert Ingersoll and Freethought’s Great Awakening
Above all Robert Ingersoll demonstrated that an exuberant, joyful life without religion was possible.
Some Mistakes of Moses
“Theologians have filled thousands of volumes with abuse of this serpent, but it seems that he told the exact truth.”
“Jehovah’s Witnesses say that any day now, Jesus will descend from heaven with an army of angels to clash with Satan and an army of demons in the long-foreseen Battle of Armageddon.”
Thoughts on Leaving Church
“… Thinking too deeply about the concept of God, much less coming out as an atheist at church, will forever change your relationship with those around you.”
What’s Wrong with Preaching to the Choir?
In secular groups, activities derided as “preaching to the choir” actually serve valuable purposes.
A Little Question for Our Believer Friends
“… It’s one great mystery why this supposedly loving and compassionate deity does not simply imbue all his creatures at least with the knowledge and certitude of his existence, his nature, and exactly how he wished to be worshipped… .”
Pluto, Limburger Cheese, and God
“It was a long journey, but we had made it all the way from Earth to Pluto to Limburger heese to God.”
The Blackwell Companion to Naturalism
“… The book is not especially systematic, reading more like a collection of diverse, thematically linked articles than a systematic effort to define, iscuss, and defend naturalism of any kind.”
Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics
Whatever the future, the history of this issue presents yet another example of religion’s continual reliance on secular forces to show it the way.
How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life
“The task Rome’s greatest prose stylist set himself in De Senectute was to find reasons to stop complaining, to consent to aging, and to sing its virtues.”
Books in Brief
Short reviews of books by Gene Weingarten, Stephen Van Eck, Monte Wolverton, Guy P. Harrison, John W. Loftus, Lee McIntyre, and Elicka Peterson Sparks.
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