The Vices of Literary Criticism
Online-only bonus: Further evidence that contemporary literary criticism has stumbled into arbitrariness and fancy.
John Emerson Roberts and the Beginnings of Religious Humanism
Online-only bonus: The career of John Emerson Roberts began in religious orthodoxy, moved into freethought, and ended in agnosticism.
Just a couple of years ago, an objective observer might be forgiven for concluding that religious Humanism was dying—or at least that it was in a very bad way.
The Godless Congregation: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Moving beyond discussions of the existence of God and the evils of religion, groups of nonbelievers are meeting to ask the big questions that animate human life: Who are we? Why are we here? How should we live?
F. C. S. Schiller’s Idealistic Humanism and Personalism
“Humanism” has different definitions and distinct meanings in different disciplines.
John Dewey and the Fighting ‘Faith’ of Humanism
There was never any doubt about where John Dewey stood: he was a godforsaken and unrepentant atheist. Yet if he were around today, he would probably find the notion of “spiritual but not religious” attractive.
Religious Humanism Today
Humanism is often divided into the religious and the secular. Both share the basic values and beliefs of humanism but differ in the way they practice it.
Congregational Humanism: Throwing Out the Bad and Keeping the Good
If community glue is what religious people are getting out of their churches, then we have an obligation as humanists to provide a similar—albeit nontheistic—glue to our membership.
The Left Is Not Always Right
Sidney Hook was among the earliest American intellectuals to break with Marxism. That’s saying a lot: Marxist revolutionary thought held enormous sway over American intellectuals during much of the twentieth century.
Can We Rationally Accept Our Irrationality?
Here’s the conundrum: on the one hand, as rationalists, we’re striving to be rational to the best of our ability. On the other hand, as rationalists, we’re striving to accept reality to the best of our ability. And the reality is that our brains are not rational.
Transplantation and the Ten-Year-Old
Can the United States ration health care? This question looms large as the nation moves to expand access to health insurance.
Do people still talk about feminist epistemology? I haven’t kept up.
How Many Americans Will Remember Edward Snowden?
Surely today’s explosive disclosures of the NSA’s ceaselessly growing invasions of the Fourth Amendment—as revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden—will not fade away amid the floods of distractions in this digital age. Or will they?
On Lewis, Mice, and Witches
In a desperate effort to whitewash the Christian burning of witches, C. S. Lewis argued that the triumph of reason over the Dark Ages is not necessarily a triumph of a superior morality over an inferior one.
I am quite aware that my turn is approaching. The realization hovers in my mind like a frequent companion.
Freethought Under Attack in Bangladesh
On April 1, 2013, several bloggers were put behind bars in Bangladesh on the sole basis that they were openly atheist.
Letters in response to the August/September 2013 issue of FREE INQUIRY.
Charters and Vouchers vs. Public Schools
Recent years have seen a sharp increase in attacks on public schools, which serve about 90 percent of K–12 students in the United States.
Undermining Democracy and Protecting Religion
As Pakistan’s administration and social institutions have teetered toward collapse along its northwest border, extremists—and the Pakistani public—have encouraged the government to limit religious freedom and move away from secularism.
Teaching Tolerance to the Texas Textbook Committee
Mainstream Texas educators and scientists have been ineffectual in persuading legislators, much less the Textbook Committee’s majority, to desist from “kidnapping” real history and science. Here, I add ridicule to try inducing objectivity.
Margherita Hack (1922–2013)
Margherita Hack, a leading astrophysicist and political activist in Italy, died at age ninety-one in June 2013.
Helping Seculars Gain Traction in Government
The Citizen Lobbyist teaches its reader how a private citizen can lobby effectively in the halls of government. Period. And it does so without a wasted word.
Corsi claims that Christianity and Christian values, or at least his crabbed vision of them, are in grave danger of being destroyed by an all-out “War against God” being waged by the “Bad Samaritan” American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Sadakat Kadri’s book, Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari’a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World, is wonderfully written, witty, and informative.
Drowning in Doubt
One part memoir, one part expose, religion-to-reason travelogues do more than satisfy our curiosity. They remind us that whether we roll the boulder of belief away slowly or shatter it with a single blow, we are not the first or the only ones to have done so.
Poetry from the October/November 2013 issue of FREE INQUIRY.