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August/September 2015

Volume 35 Number 5

The Myth of an Afterlife: Introduction
Tom Flynn

On the Origin of Afterlife Beliefs by Means of Memetic Selection
Steve Stewart-Williams

Problems with Heaven
Michael L. Martin

Michael L. Martin, Philosopher and Author, 1932–2015
Nicole Scott


You Are Not Even Worth Despising
Rafida Bonya Ahmed

Bangladesh: A Backgrounder
Ryan Shaffer

Theology of the Odd Body: The Castrati, the Church, and the Transgender Moment
Leah Mickens

Secular Humanism’s Second Wave: How Scholarship Undermines Religion
James H. Dee


EDITORIAL

Good Without God—But Better Without God?
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

Where Have All the Anti-altruists Gone?
Tom Flynn

Why Raif Badawi Matters
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar

Skepticism and Emotional Responses to Terrible Ideas
Greta Christina

Application for the Position of Biblical Evangelist
Mark Rubinstein


LOOKING BACK

35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Doerr's Way
Krauthammer’s Wolf Howl, God’s Bankers, Potiphar’s Wife
Edd Doerr

International Humanism
The Madness of King Charles
James Snell

God on Trial
Imprisonment and Religiosity
Richard G. Dumont

Great Minds
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
James A. Haught

The Faith I Left Behind
Why I Am an Atheist Jew
Shirley Blumberg

Humanism at Large
They Burned with Strange Lusts
M.C. McDonald


REVIEWS

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife
by Eben Alexander, M.D.
Reviewed by Bernard M. Patten

Animal Liberation and Atheism: Dismantling the Procrustean Bed
by Kim Socha
Reviewed by Brooke Horvath

Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism
by David S. Cohen and Krysten Connon
Reviewed by Tom Flynn

No Longer on Pedestals
by Carol A. Kuhnert
Reviewed by Edd Doerr


OBITUARY

Anne Nicol Gaylor, Feminist, Activist, and Freethinker, 1926–2015


POEM

One Last
by Alexander Nussbaum