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Free Inquiry Volume 36 Issue 6 cover

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




Free Inquiry Volume 36 Issue 5 cover

August/September 2016

Volume 36 Number 5


HOW A CREATIVE HUMANIST MINORITY RESHAPED THE NATION, PART 1

Introduction
Tom Flynn

Creative Minority Report: How the Humanist Movement Changed America
Leah Mickens

Why I Am Pro-Abortion, Not Just Pro-Choice *
Valerie Tarico

The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife: Fact or Fake?
Joe Nickell

Francis: A Pope Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers Can Believe In
Nicholas S. Molinari


EDITORIAL

Is My Intolerance of Your Intolerance Intolerant? *
Robyn E. Blumner


OP-EDS

From Lahore to Brussels to Baghdad: A Plan to Fight Back
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar

What Does Atheism Mean?
Greta Christina

What Doesn’t Atheism Mean?
Tom Flynn

The Christian Moral Code, Part 3: Humility
Mark Rubinstein


OBITUARY

In Memoriam: Harry Kroto, 1939–2016
Gary Whittenberger and Richard Hull


LOOKING BACK

35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Doerr's Way
Apocalypse 2016
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
Normalizing Blasphemy: Robert Ingersoll and Freethought’s Great Awakening
Dale DeBakcsy

Some Mistakes of Moses
Robert Green Ingersoll

Faith and Reason
Endless Absurdities *
James A. Haught

The Faith I Left Behind
Thoughts on Leaving Church
Christy Hoffman Wiegand

Living Without Religion
What’s Wrong with Preaching to the Choir?
George Williamson

The Humanist Soapbox
A Little Question for Our Believer Friends
Malcolm Friedman

Humanism at Large
Pluto, Limburger Cheese, and God
Bert Bigelow


REVIEWS

The Blackwell Companion to Naturalism
edited by Kelly James Clark
Reviewed by Russell Blackford

American Humanism: The Cultural Contours of Nonreligious Belief Systems
by Joseph O. Baker and Buster G. Smith

Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics
by Marc A. Smith
Reviewed by Wayne L. Trotta

How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life
by Marcus Tullius Cicero
trans. Philip Freeman
Reviewed by Brooke Horvath


Books in Brief


POEM

feeling
by Roger Desy




Free Inquiry Volume 36 Issue 4 cover

June/July 2016

Volume 36 Number 4


DEATH: THOUGHTS ON THE FINAL SUBJECT

Introduction: Atheism is Scary Because It Reminds People of Death
Simon Davis

Inevitable Death
PZ Myers

The Future of Death
Caitlin Doughty

A Secular Stoic Perspective on Death
Massimo Pigiliucci

Would You Pray With a Dying Believer?
Simon Davis

Why This Atheist Would
Matthew Facciani

Why This Atheist Would Not
Heina Dadabhoy

Three Minutes before Midnight: An Interview with Lawrence Krauss about the Future of Humanity *
Phil Torres

How the Nonreligious Are Reshaping American Burial
Simon Davis

Protecting Your Service Wishes When Your Loved Ones Are Religious
Simon Davis


FEATURES

God the Concept *
Carol Delaney

Islam and the Eclipse of Secularism
Taner Edis

Sadly, Malthus Was Right–Now What? *
Madeline Weld


EDITORIAL

Maybe It's the Cabin Pressure
Tom Flynn


NEWS

Atheist Law Student Killed in Bangladesh


OP-EDS

Revulsion and Habituation
Ophelia Benson

Suppress and Punish: The Dangerous Impulse to Shut Down Speech
Russell Blackford

Will the Neoconservatives Lose Their Grip on the GOP?
Shadia B. Drury

The Christian Moral Code, Part 2: Forgiveness
Mark Rubinstein


LOOKING BACK

35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry


LETTERS


OBITUARY

Tibor R. Machan


DEPARTMENTS

Doerr's Way
And Then There Were None(s)
Edd Doerr

God on Trial
ISIS, Moses, and Sex Slavery
Steve Sklar

Faith and Reason
Angel Unaware: An Atheist's Perspective on Child Suffering
Mark Cagnetta

The Faith I Left Behind
Atheist in a Foxhole (or Rather, an Unarmored Toyota)
Doug Traversa

Humanism at Large
The Rise of the Granfalloons: Overcoming the Stigma of Corporate Intangibility
Dan Davis


REVIEWS

Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion
by Susan Jacoby
Reviewed by Tom Flynn

Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting
by Daniel C. Dennett
Reviewed by Brooke Horvath

After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate
by Mary Ziegler
Reviewed by Tom Flynn


Books in Brief


POEM

In Good We Trust
by JO Frohbieter-Mueller




Free Inquiry Volume 36 Issue 3 cover

April/May 2016

Volume 36 Number 3


HOW DO WE SUSTAIN THE GROWTH OF UNBELIEF

Introduction
Tom Flynn

Secularism and Social Progress
Phil Zuckerman

Whither American Freethinking?
Jesse Max Smith

Racial Diversity and the Future of the Secular Movement
Juhem Navarro-Rivera

Raising Our Children to Choose for Themselves
Christel J. Manning

Does It Matter Which Way We Go?
Ryan T. Cragun

An Evidence-Based Strategy for Sustaining the Growth of Unbelief
Barry A. Kosmin


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

CFI to Merge with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science
Paul Fidalgo


EDITORIAL

Openly Secular Is Our Secret Sauce *
Robyn E. Blumner


OP-EDS

Justice Scalia and Originalism: May They Rest in Peace
Ronald A. Lindsay

How Selfish Is It Okay to Be?
Greta Christina

Islamophobia or Anti-Muslim Prejudice?
Russell Blackford

Shared Values *
Ophelia Benson

The Christian Moral Code, Part 1: Sin
Mark Rubinstein

Foreign Affairs and the Culture of Shame
Shadia B. Drury


LOOKING BACK

35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Doerr's Way
This Crucial Election Year
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
The People's Deist: Thomas Paine
Dale DeBakcsy

Great Minds Excerpt
The Age of Reason, Part II
Thomas Paine

Faith and Reason
Faith Ideology, and the Seeds of Moral Derangement *
Andy Norman

Humanism at Large
Humanism and Politics: Are They Separable?
David Koepsell


REVIEWS

The Evolution of Atheism: The Politics of a Modern Movement *
by Stephen LeDrew
Reviewed by Tom Flynn

Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will
by Julian Baggini
Reviewed by Wayne L. Trotta


POEM

Adaptation
by Dave Fischer




Free Inquiry Volume 36 Issue 2 cover

February/March 2016

Volume 36 Number 2


ATHEODICY AND THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF GOD

Introduction
Tom Flynn

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Theodicy Riddle? *
Susan Jacoby

Evil God and Mirror Theodicies
Stephen Law

Evil Gods and Evil Men: Some Limits in the Debate
David Koepsell

Is it Wrong to Accept God's Gift of Salvation?
James A. Metzger

Auschwitz and Evil: My Experience Growing Up as the Son of a Survivor *
Edward Tabash

Why John Hick's Solution to the Problem of Evil Makes God Monstrous
Shadia B. Drury

Is One Person's Theodicy Another's Anthropodicy? Preliminary Considerations
Anthony B. Pinn

Epilogue *
Judy Walker and Tom Flynn


EDITORIAL

China's One-Child Policy: A Requiem
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

A Response to an Almost Good but Limited and Very Troubling Argument against Trigger Warnings
Greta Christina

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Need for Political Solutions *
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar

Should Atheist Organizations Broaden Their Purpose?
Ed Buckner and Mandisa Thomas


LOOKING BACK

35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Doerr's Way
Public Education under Siege, Part 2
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
H.L. Mencken: Scourge of the Booboisie
Dale DeBakcsy

Great Minds Excerpt
In Memoriam: W.J.B.
H.L. Mencken

High Heresy
Trojan Horde
Robert Price

The Humanist Soapbox
Religion: Private Matter or Public Policy?
Steve Davidson

Living Without Religion
Sympathy for the Devil-Believers
Stephanie Savage

The Faith I Left Behind
A Life of Love, Religion, and Science
Gordon E. Hunter


REVIEWS

Move Upstream: A Call to Solve Overpopulation
by Karen I. Shragg
Reviewed by Tom Flynn


POEM

An Abandoned Church
by Stephen Van Eck




Free Inquiry Volume 36 Issue 1 cover

December 2015/January 2016

Volume 36 Number 1

Catholicism and the Challenge of Moral Identity

Introduction
Tom Flynn

Godless Morals: The Challenge of Ivan Karamazov
Daniel C. Maguire

What Pope Francis Got Right: Undergoing Ecological Conversion
Hector F. Sierra

Will the Real 'Culture of Life' Please Stand Up?
Dissecting John Paul II's Evangelium Vitae Twenty Years Later
Leah Mickens

Greta Christina's 'Trigger Warning': A Response *
Kristine Harley

The Chosen Death of John D. Long
John Carver

Determinism vs. Free Will: A Middle Ground
Dan Davis

Middle East Deadlock
Readers Weigh In, Part 2


EDITORIAL

Humanism: Creating Hope *
Ron Lindsay


OP-EDS

Two Nations, One Abyss *
Tom Flynn

Anti-Muslim Bigotry vs. Genuine Criticism of Islam *
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar

What is Identity?
Ophelia Benson

The Not-at-All-Harsh Reality of Same-sex Marriage
Russell Blackford

Fear of the S Word and the Undoing of America
Shadia B. Drury

God's Voting Record: Quantifying Inconsistency
Mark Rubinstein

America's Strange Satanist Scare
James A. Haught

Don't Worry, Be Unhappy!
David Koepsell


LOOKING BACK

35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Doerr's Way
Public Education under Siege
Edd Doerr

God on Trial
God and Rape
Gary Whittenberger

Humanism at Large
Death
Richard G. Dumont

The Faith I Left Behind
The Light of Doubt
Shawn Dawson


REVIEWS

Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World
by David Silverman
Reviewed by Tom Flynn

Creating Change Through Humanism
by Roy Speckhardt
Reviewed by Andy Norman

The Faith of a Heretic
by Walter Kaufmann
Reviewed by Dale DeBakcsy

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World
by Tim Whitmarsh
Reviewed by James A. Haught


POEM

Snowflake Strike
by Chris O'Carroll