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October/November 2016

Volume 36 Number 6


APOCALYPSE ... WHEN?

POINT Follow the Trend Lines, Not the Headlines: Terrorism Is Not an Existential Threat
Michael Shermer

COUNTERPOINT It Matters Which Trend Lines One Follows: Why Terrorism Is an Existential Threat
Phil Torres

REBUTTAL ‘Just You Wait!’ The Doomsayers‘ Answer to Failed Predictions
Michael Shermer

REBUTTAL There's No Time to Wait
Phil Torres


HOW A CREATIVE HUMANIST MINORITY SHAPED THE NATION, PART 2

The World's Oldest Prejudice: The Center for Inquiry's Fight against Religious Privilege *
Leah Mickens

Jesus Probably Did Not Exist
Raphael Lataster

Religion and Suicide
Richard G. Dumont

Saving My Life by Saving My Soul?
Stephanie Savage

A Response to a Review
Stephen LeDrew

A Response to Stephen LeDrew
Tom Flynn


EDITORIAL

The Great Agnostic Would Be Proud
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

Sense and Sensibility
Ophelia Benson

Not (Just) a Tragedy! Fanatics and Their Atrocities *
Russell Blackford

The Foxification of American Democracy, Part 1 *
Shadia B. Drury

Rituals and Traditions
Greta Christina

The Christian Moral Code, Part 4: Hell and Achievement
Mark Rubinstein


LOOKING BACK

35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Doerr's Way
Five Stars for Church of Spies? Really?
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
Coming Together: How Baron d'Holbach Made Atheism a Movement
Dale DeBakcsy

Selections from Le Bon Sens (Good Sense)
Baron d'Holbach

Humanism and Culture
Can the Future Be What It Used to Be?
David Koepsell


REVIEWS

Righting America at the Creation Museum
by Susan L. Trollinger and William Vance Trollinger, Jr.

The Grand Canyon: Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah's Flood Explain the Grand Canyon?
edited by Carol Hill, Gregg Davidson, Tim Helble, and Wayne Ranney
Reviewed by Wayne L. Trotta


POEM

Hoarding
by Brooke Horvath