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October/November 2014

Volume 34 Number 6

What’s Religion Good For? Three Views
Introduction

Tom Flynn

Christianity Doesn’t Need God
Daniel C. Maguire

Research Report: An Indictment of the Biblical Deity for the Crime of Genocide
Thomas Tandy Lewis

Research Report: Reason Unhinged: The Religious Subversion of Civil Accountability
Andy Norman


The Untold Story of Africa’s Secular Tradition
Leo Igwe


EDITORIAL

Annus Horribilis
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

Is Atheism Doomed?
Russell Blackford

What’s Good for the Bishop
Ophelia Benson

Is It Ethical to Conceal Your Atheism?
Greta Christina

Science Finds an Answer for Parasites
Arthur L. Caplan

Closet Atheism and Tyranny: The Case of Critias of Athens
Shadia B. Drury

Israel, Attacked by Hamas, Annuls Its Free Speech History
Nat Hentoff

The Rape of the Classical World
Mark Rubinstein

The State of American Secularism
David Koepsell


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
SCOTUS v. Religious Liberty
Edd Doerr

Church and State
Where Do We Go from Here?
Gary Whittenberger

Humanist Soapbox
Money on His Mindfulness: The Real Dalai Lama
James Snell

Faith and Reason
When Atheists Mourn: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Chemistry
Dale DeBakcsy

God on Trial
The Day God Lied: A D’var Torah (Exegesis) on the Garden of Eden
Sheldon F. Gottlieb

Humanism at Large
The Learnings of a Secular Humanist
Richard G. Dumont


OBITUARY

Barbara Stanosz 1935–2014
Bohdan Chwedenczuk and Andrzej Dominiczak


REVIEWS

Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away
by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Reviewed by Ronald A. Lindsay

Death and the Afterlife
by Samuel Scheffler

Reviewed by Wayne L. Trotta

Philosophy for a Better World
by Floris van den Berg

Reviewed by Bill Cooke

Teachers versus the Public: What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix Them
by Paul E. Peterson, Michael Henderson, and Martin R. West

Reviewed by Edd Doerr


POEM

The Great War
by Laura Bonazzoli



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August/September 2014

Volume 34 Number 5

How Morality Has the Objectivity that Matters—Without God
Ronald A. Lindsay

Anticipating Hamlet in the Gospels: God’s Plan, Mere Coincidence, or Intentional Deception?
Mark Rubinstein

Scientific Ethics and the Scriptures of Abrahamic Faiths
Steve Sklar


The Faith I Left Behind, Part 4

Why I Am Not a Catholic: Sundays with Estelle
Mark Cagnetta

Why I Am Not a Believer
Harry Greenberger

Why I Am Not a Catholic
Greg Hladky

Why I Am Not a Jehovah’s Witness
Thomas J. Lawson

Why I Am Not a Mystic
Alice Leuchtag

Why I Am Not an Episcopalian
Richard Hall

Why I Am Not a Gutless Atheist
Rob Earle

Why I Am Not a Progressive Christian
James Metzger


EDITORIAL

The Supreme Court Sounds a Wake-up Call
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

Brain States All the Way Down
Tom Flynn

The Problem of Nuance in a Wonderful and Terrible World
Greta Christina

This Is America? Racially Separate, Unequal Public Schools Persist
Nat Hentoff

When Does Human Life Begin?
Arthur L. Caplan

Identifying as an Ex-Muslim, Pros and Cons
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar

Freedom from Religion Is a Civil Right
Nigel Barber

Why We Need to Lose Religion to Save America
Lauren Becker


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Climate Change, Overpopulation, and Pope Francis
Edd Doerr

Freethought History
Dares God—and Lives to Tell the Tale
James H. Dee

God on Trial
The Fable of the Christ
Michael Paulkovich

Humanism at Large
Too Big for the Drama
Bruce Martin


REVIEWS

The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God
by Peter Watson

Reviewed by Bill Cooke

Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why
by Greta Christina

Reviewed by Reba Boyd Wooden

Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church
by Patricia Miller

Reviewed by Edd Doerr


POEM

by Chris O’Carroll
The Shrine That Wasn’t



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June/July 2014

Volume 34 Number 4


Research Report: Secular Students Today, a Joint CFI-ISSSC Study

American Secular Identity, Twenty-First-Century Style: Secular College Students in 2013
Barry A. Kosmin


We’ve Come This Far—in Spite of Faith
Leah Mickens

Bully’s Justice
George Zebrowski

The Eucharist and the Origin of Magical Ideas
George A. Wells

Agribusiness and ‘Original Sin’
John A. Frantz


The Faith I Left Behind, Part 3

Why I Am Not a ‘Yes’ Man
James Stevens

Why I Am Not a Trappistine Nun
Joan Patterson

Why I Am Not a Catholic
Jeanette Watts

Why I Am Not a Krishna Devotee
Steven Gabbard

Why I Am Not a Presbyterian
Hewitt Rose

Why I Am Not a Catholic
Robert I. Masta

Commonalities between Homosexuality and Atheism: Authenticity, Thinking Critically, and Social Equality
Kevin J. Zimmerman


EDITORIAL

Secularism and Secular Humanism
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

The Rushdie Affair—Lest We Forget
Russell Blackford

Fingernails
Ophelia Benson

I Believe in Superman
Mark Rubinstein

Liberal Naïveté
Shadia B. Drury

Are You Ready for a New Age of Surveillance?
Nat Hentoff

Understanding Public Choice Theory
Tibor R. Machan

States of Faith
James A. Haught


OBITUARY

Edwin Kagin, 1940–2014


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Carl Sagan, Cosmos, and Abortion Rights
Edd Doerr

Faith and Reason
Teaching the Gospel of Evolution
Charles W. Sokolik


REVIEWS

Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism
edited by C. M. Hays and C. B. Ansberry

Reviewed by George A. Wells

Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
by Alan Weisman

Reviewed by Edd Doerr

Imagine There’s No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World
by Mitchell Stephens

Reviewed by Brooke Horvath


POEM

by Chris O’Carroll
Credo



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April/May 2014

Volume 34 Number 3


Easter: What Really Happened?

Introduction
Tom Flynn

Betting on Jesus: The Vanishing of the Christ
David K. Clark


The Faith I Left Behind, Part 2

Why I Am Not a Fundamentalist Christian
Celeste Rorem

Why I Am Not a Muslim
Kylie Sturgess

Why I Am Not a Member . . . of Anything
Robert F. Allen

Leaving Unholy Mother Church
William F. Nolan


Why Is Creationism So Persistent?
Lawrence Wood

Faith: A Disappearing Concept
Mark Rubinstein

New Laureates Elected to The Academy of Humanism

Online-only Bonus: The Silver Bullet Question (Part 2)
James H. Dee


EDITORIAL

To What Extent Should We Accommodate Religious Beliefs?
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

Dead Is Dead
Arthur L. Caplan

What Would Happen If We All Came Out?
Greta Christina

Is Democracy a Threat to Liberty?
Shadia B. Drury

Share, Yes; Force, No
Ophelia Benson


OBITUARY

Joe Levee, Supporter and Former Board Member


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
School Rankings and Vouchers: Connecting the Dots
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
Lorraine Hansberry: Writing in the Light of Reason
Becca Challman

Applied Ethics
What’s the Appeal of Christian Ethics?
William R. Creasy

Humanism at Large
My Invisible Friends
Dennis E. Erickson


REVIEWS

Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It
by Jennifer Michael Hecht

Reviewed by Tom Flynn

Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil
by Paul Bloom

Reviewed by Wayne L. Trotta

The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools
by Christopher A. Lubienski and Sarah Theule Lubienski

Reviewed by Edd Doerr


POEM

by Katharine Merow
Modern Mortuary Science



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February/March 2014

Volume 34 Number 2


The Faith I Left Behind, Part 1

Online-only bonus: Why I Am Not An Open Atheist
R. Slattery

Introduction: No God, Know Peace
Tom Flynn

Why I Am Not a Born-again Christian
Duke Mertz

Why I Am Not an Observant Jew
Arturo Schwarz

Why I Am Not an Agnostic
Barbara Smoker

Why I Am Not a Catholic
Lynn Little

Why I Am Not a Muslim
Reef al-Khalil

Why I Am Not a Seventh-day Adventist
Ray Garton

Why I Am Not a Catholic and Why I Am a Humanist
Todd Stiefel

Why I Am Not a Magical Thinker
Jessica Friday

Why I Am Not a Christian or a Theist
Steven C. Lowe


What Does The New Testament Really Say?
Norman M. Lambert

Exploring the Limits of Christian Rationality
Ian Hayward Robinson

Invasive Religion: Effects on Society
Reynold Spector


EDITORIAL

How Small Our Wants
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

Mounting Suspensions of Students Can Lead to Prison for Many
Nat Hentoff

Where the Slope Slips
Arthur L. Caplan

Why Social Justice Is Essential for Atheism
Greta Christina

Upstream, Downstream: Liberalism, Direct Harm, and Hate Speech
Russell Blackford

Theology and Honesty
James A. Haught


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Of Apes and Embryos
Edd Doerr

Applied Ethics
The End of Atonement: Law Without Free Will
Dale DeBakcsy

Religion & Culture
The Jesusification of Popular Culture
Stephen Van Eck

Humanism at Large
Conjectures Concerning the Creation of God
Joel Kirschbaum


REVIEWS

Beyond the God Particle
by Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill

Reviewed by Victor J. Stenger

An Imperfect Book: What the Book of Mormon Tells Us about Itself
by Earl M. Wunderli

Reviewed by Robert M. Price


POEM

by Paul Genega
Communion



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December 2013/January 2014

Volume 34, Number 1


Highlights From ‘Women In Secularism 2’

Women’s History: A Core Secular Issue
Susan Jacoby

Feminism, Religion, and ‘Mattering’
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Sexism and Religion: Can the Knot Be Untied?
Katha Pollitt


The Secular Right and Its Discontents

Why I Am Not a Liberal, and You Shouldn’t Be Either
Robert M. Price

Progressive vs. Liberal
Glade Ross

Why Secular Humanism and Libertarianism Are Incompatible
Dan Davis


Joseph Ratzinger and the Nativity Legends
Etienne Vermeersch
Translated from the Dutch by Stuart Silvers

Cremation and Religiosity
Richard G. Dumont


EDITORIAL

Faith: The Humanist Perspective
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

Doctoring the Script
Ophelia Benson

Do the Best Lack All Conviction?
Russell Blackford

The Strange Persistence of Faith
Tibor Machan

When the Devil Tells the Truth
Shadia B. Drury

Atheists Must Not Self-Censor
Edward Tabash


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Attack of the Education Pseudo-Reformers
Edd Doerr

Science and Religion
Anti-Evolutionism: The Bible Is Not the Main Issue
Jason Rosenhouse

Secularity and Society
Public Education Means Secular Education
Wayne L. Trotta


REVIEWS

Bullspotting: Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation by Loren Collins
Reviewed by William Harwood

The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood by David Montgomery
Reviewed by Wayne L. Trotta

Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation edited by Philip Cafaro and Eileen Crist, with a foreword by Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich
Reviewed by Tom Flynn

The Way of Science: Finding Truth and Meaning in a Scientific Worldview by Dennis R. Trumble
Reviewed by Daniel M. Kane

Books in Brief


POEMS

by William Doreski

Driving to Keene on Sunday

No One’s Buying Art These Days