What is religion good for? For secular humanists on the atheist side of the spectrum, the reflexive answer is often ‘Nothing much.’
Christianity Doesn’t Need God
As humanity faces ecological disaster, we must find wisdom wherever we can—even in religion.
An Indictment of the Biblical Deity for the Crime of Genocide
The god of Moses commanded the Israelites (mythically or otherwise) to undertake a campaign of genocide in Canaan.
Reason Unhinged: The Religious Subversion of Civil Accountability
Religious thinking systematically defies every rule of rational accountability essential to a robust and healthy political discourse. We need to do better!
The Untold Story of Africa’s Secular Tradition
The idea of separating religion and government is not new to Africa. Elements of secularism are identifiable in precolonial African societies.
Winning future church-state lawsuits may require us to step away from the familiar arena of “religious freedom” and into the more inclusive arena of freedom of conscience.
Is Atheism Doomed?
Predictions of the imminent decline of atheism keep on coming . . . and they keep failing to come true.
What’s Good for the Bishop
In an authoritarian Facebook post, one Catholic bishop reveals more than he might have meant to.
Is It Ethical to Conceal Your Atheism?
On further consideration, there are still specific situations where it is ethical to conceal your atheism.
Science Finds an Answer for Parasites
There are risks, but the prospect of reducing parasitic diseases through gene-drive genetic engineering seems too good to pass up.
Closet Atheism and Tyranny: The Case of Critias of Athens
Critias believed not in religion but only in its utility. His closet atheism made him more reprehensible than many tyrants who were honest theists.
Israel, Attacked by Hamas, Annuls Its Free Speech History
Uncharacteristically, Israel silences a domestic critic. But Hamas is the real enemy.
The Rape of the Classical World
Despite early Christians’ efforts to destroy it, the ancients—especially the Greeks—had much of value that contemporary society could stand more of.
The State of American Secularism
Our approach toward a more secular society cannot be solely achieved through the courts.
Letters in response to the August/September 2014 issue of Free Inquiry.
SCOTUS v. Religious Liberty
Outrage over Hobby Lobby—and a priest turns (sort of?) secular humanist.
Where Do We Go from Here?
After the stunning loss in Greece v. Galloway, secularists’ battle cry should now be “No Invocations without Representation!”
Money on His Mindfulness: The Real Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama carries some serious baggage, which scarcely anyone in an unfairly adoring West will dare to speak about.
When Atheists Mourn: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Chemistry
The atheist’s understanding of death is only enriched by understanding the neurochemistry of attachment, loss, and mourning.
The Day God Lied: A D’var Torah (Exegesis) on the Garden of Eden
Much—so very much—that afflicts humanity today can be traced to the story of the Garden of Eden.
The Learnings of a Secular Humanist
The Fifteen Commandments according to one secular humanist.
Barbara Stanosz 1935–2014, Philosopher and Citizen
We honor Barbara Stanosz, Humanist Laureate and philosopher.
The Enduring Value of Philosophy
A review of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein.
Arguing for an Afterlife
A review of Death and the Afterlife, by Samuel Scheffler.
Uncovering Our Blind Spots
A review of Philosophy for a Better World, by Floris van den Berg.
Unconstructive Criticism of Public Education
A review of Teachers versus the Public: What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix Them, by Paul E. Peterson.
The Great War
The poem from the October/November 2014 issue of Free Inquiry.