Follow the Trend Lines, Not the Headlines: Terrorism Is Not an Existential Threat
The evidence is in: Terrorism does not pose an existential threat to our civilization.
It Matters Which Trend Lines One Follows: Why Terrorism Is an Existential Threat
There have never been so many ways civilization could fall–or so many with the power and the willingness to push.
‘Just You Wait!’ The Doomsayers’ Answer to Failed Predictions
Probabilistic doomsday predictions shortchange the proven power of humans to keep the worst from happening.
There’s No Time to Wait
No guarantees, but there is good reason to fear that terrorism could become an existential threat.
The World’s Oldest Prejudice: The Center for Inquiry’s Fight against Religious Privilege
Beginning around 1970, humanist social-justice activism began building fewer independent organizations, instead creating stronger humanist organizations.
Jesus Probably Did Not Exist
It is likely that Jesus was an entirely “mythical” figure that was later historicized, not a mundane historical figure who was later mythicized.
Religion and Suicide
“The purpose of the current study is to replicate Durkheim’s analysis, utilizing the fifty U.S. tates and Washington, D.C., a the units of analysis.”
Saving My Life by Saving My Soul?
Hospital and nursing-home clergy treated this nonbeliever with serial disrespect.
A Response to a Review
An author responds to a critical review in these pages.
A Response to Stephen LeDrew
The editor responds to an author’s criticisms.
The Great Agnostic Would Be Proud
The memory of Robert Green Ingersoll is being preserved on many fronts.
Sense and Sensibility
“Humans are not so constituted as to be able to function in world of pure rtionality.”
Not (Just) a Tragedy! Fanatics and Their Atrocities
Words such as tragic are inadequate to describe premeditated acts of murder motivated by religious or political fanaticism.
The Foxification of American Democracy, Part 1
Fox News is fact-free. Yet some of its critiques—only some—cannot be dismissed.
Rituals and Traditions
Ritual and tradition: Are they supporting ribs for our lives, or more like prison bars? Sometimes the answer is unclear.
The Christian Moral Code, Part 4: Hell and Achievement
The idea of Hell encapsulates much that is contradictory and perverse in Christianity.
Letters in response to Free Inquiry volume 36, issue 5.
Five Stars for Church of Spies? Really?
Despite broad research, a new book makes a dubious effort to exonerate Pope Pius XII’s record in World War II.
Coming Together: How Baron d’Holbach Made Atheism a Movement
“For pure, unadulterated, We-Are-Atheists-Hear-Us-Roar unity and pride, there was one beginning and one place to be: Thursday evenings at Baron d’Holbach’s joint.”
Selections from Le Bon Sens (Good Sense)
In every way the reality of man negates the goodness of God.
Can the Future Be What It Used to Be?
Pop culture surrendered to despair because it is easier to embrace our doom than to do something about it.
Nature Refutes Creationists’ Claims
“Problems and questions keep mounting. Why in the [Grand Canyon] is there no mixing of land and marine animals as should have occurred in the turbulence of a massive flood?”
Poem: For years before he died, grandfather kept / stacked in his basement, every can, every / lidless jar and pastry tray that came / his way