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October / November 2008

Volume 28 Number 6


DOES DEMOCRACY STILL MATTER?

Introduction: Democracy Still Matters
John Shook

Beyond the Neocons: Transtlantic Relations and American Exceptionalism
Stefan Halper

The White Whale
E. L. Doctorow

Contemporary Ethics and Liberal Democracy
Susana de Castro

Whose Democracy?
Austin Dacey

Citizen Participation: More or Less?
Larry A. Hickman

The Trouble with Democracy: An Anarchist View
Jeff Shantz

Humanist Legal Advocacy: A Progress Report
Ronald A. Lindsay

Changing Tennessee Jury Oaths without Going to Court
Michael Swanson


EDITORIAL

A Plea for Real Change
FI Editors

The Progress of Humanism
Paul Kurtz

Humanist Manifesto II (1973, Abridged)
Paul Kurtz


OP-ED

Of Golden Geese and Sacred Cows
Ron Lindsay

Flocking to Faith
Katha Pollitt

The Return of Indulgences
Christopher Hitchens

God and Suffering, Again
Peter Singer

Blue Laws Are Unjust and Unequal
Tibor R. Machan

The Death Helpers Brigade
Nat Hentoff


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
Shelley the Atheist
Gary Sloan

Living Without Religion
Humanism, Meaning, and Wonder
Lawrence Rifkin

Humanism at Large
Atheists: Necessarily Arrogant?
Justin Trottier

God on Trial
Have You Heard the Good News?
Katrina Voss


REVIEWS

The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
By Christopher Hitchens

Peter Atkins

Science and Nonbelief
By Taner Edis

Stuart Jordan

The Age of American Unreason
By Susan Jacoby

Edd Doerr

Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up
By John Allen Paulos

Floris van den Berg

Only a Theory
By Kenneth R. Miller

Jim Sullivan




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August / September 2008

Volume 28 Number 5


ISLAMOFASCISM: FICTION OR THREAT?

Introduction
Tom Flynn

Islamofascism Is a Gross Misnomer
Laurence W. Britt

Islamofascism Is an Apt Descriptor
Ibn Warraq

The New Pariahs: Atheists in the U.S. Military
Michael Dorian

Where Can God Act? A Look at Quantum Theology
Victor J. Stenger

Why Is There a Universe at All, Rather Than Just Nothing? Part 2
Adolf Grünbaum

A Short History of Secularism
Graeme Smith

Secular Humanism Comes to Romania
Remus Cernea

Secularism Perverted
Stephen Welch


EDITORIAL

Restoring Universal Human Rights at the United Nations
FI Editors

The Ethics of Secularism
Paul Kurtz


OP-ED

The Vatican's Long Game
Tom Flynn

A Savior for Them All?
Tom Flynn

Why Is Polygamy Illegal?
Wendy Kaminer

Israel at Sixty: Jewishness and Secularism
Christopher Hitchens

Benedict's Subversive Journey
Shadia B. Drury

The Real Problem in Embryo Research
Arthur Caplan


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Leading Questions
Fundamental Atheists
An Interview with Chris Hedges

Church-State Update
Edd Doerr

Living Without Religion
I Want (Not) to Believe
Katrina Voss

The Good Life
Refirement in Our Time
Roy P. Fairfield

Humanism and Culture
A Humanist in God's Country
Jason Gersh

Humanism at Large
Miracles
Ralph Estling


REVIEWS

A Secular Age
By Charles Taylor

Austin Dacey

The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life
By Austin Dacey

Tom Flynn

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Directed by Nathan Frankowski

Edd Doerr




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June / July 2008

Volume 28 Number 4


A TRIBUTE TO ARTHUR C. CLARKE

Introduction
Norm R. Allen Jr.

Ninetieth-Birthday Reflections
Sir Arthur C. Clarke

A Star Has Gone Out
Lou Anders

The Ideas of Arthur C. Clarke
George Zebrowki

Why Is There a Universe at All, Rather than Just Nothing (Part 1)
Adolf Grnbaum

The Secular Conscience
Austin Dacey

The Lost Rewards of the Spiritual Life
Julian Baggini

Evolutionary Humanism for a New Era
Lawrence Rifkin


EDITORIAL

Retake the Moral High Ground
FI Editors

The Papacy: Authority and Obedience
Paul Kurtz

New Opportunities for Secular Humanism
Paul Kurtz


OP-EDS

Feeding Back
Tom Flynn

Churchianity ...or Is It?
Christopher Hitchens

When Is It Time to Let Go?
Peter Singer

The Truth about Altruism
Tibor R. Machan

The Death of Conscience (Part 2)
Shadia B. Drury


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Leading Questions
The Stuff of Thought
An Interview with Steven Pinker

Church-State Update
Edd Doerr and Tom Flynn

Applied Ethics
Healthcare for All Is a Human Right
Peter Phillips

Humanistically Speaking
Major Nuances in Population Control
John A. Frantz

Faith and Reason
Getting a Big Head about Evolution
Katrina Voss

Humanism at Large
A Christian Perspective in Support of Stem Cell Research and Cloning
Edward King


REVIEWS

The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief
Edited by Tom Flynn

Peter Atkins

Stephen Hawking: A Biography
By Kristine Larsen

Stuart Jordan

Head and Heart: American Christianities
By Garry Wills

Edd Doerr

The Jesus Family Tomb
By Simcha Jacobovici and Charles Pellegrino

George Zebrowski


BOOKS IN BRIEF

Science, Evolution and Creationism
By The National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine

Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America's Founding Fathers
By Gary Kowalski

Who Decides: The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States
By NARAL Pro-Choice America

Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics, from the Great War to the War on Terrorism
By Michael Burleigh

Edd Doerr




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April / May 2008

Volume 28 Number 3


THE NEW CREATION STEWARDSHIP: HUMANIST AND CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES

Introduction
Tom Flynn

Denial and Its Risks
E.O. Wilson

Global Ecology and Godly Stewardship
P. Andrew Sandlin

Believers, Atheists, and Human Survival
Alexander Saxton

Can We Survive? The Changes Required to Deal Effectively with Global Warming (Part 2)
Stephen Paley, George K. Oister, Richard T. Hull

Nauvoo Polygamy: 'We Called It Celestial Marriage'
George D. Smith


EDITORIAL

The Campaign for Secularism
FI Editors

America's Shame: Neglected Treaties
Paul Kurtz with Matt Cravatta


OP-ED

An Unbelievable Beginning (Part 2)
Richard Dawkins

'A' Dissent
Nathan Bupp

Pious Putin
Christopher Hitchens

Whales – The Sacred Cows of the Sea?
Peter Singer

No Offense
Wendy Kaminer

Free Inquiry and the Unblinking Eye
Nat Hentoff

The Death of Conscience (Part 1)
Shadia B. Drury


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Leading Questions
Should Science Be Seductive?
An Interview with Lawrence Krauss

Church-State Update
Edd Doerr and Tom Flynn

It's Only Natural
Naturalism Exposed
John Shook

Church vs. State
Church-State Separation for the Impoverished Imagination
Shawn Dawson

Islam Watch
The Significance of the Non-Muslim Evidence for Qura'anic Studies (Part 3)
Ibn Warraq


REVIEWS

The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics and the Modern West
By Mark Lilla

Elaine Lynn

Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science
By John G. West

Massimo Pigliucci

Masters of Illusion: The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses
By Frank S. Ravitch

Ronald A. Lindsay

Godly Republic: A Central Blueprint for America's Faith-Based Future
By John J. DiIulio Jr.

Rob Boston




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February / March 2008

Volume 28 Number 2


SCIENCE AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD

Science and the Islamic World: The Quest for Rapprochement
Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy

Humanism and Atheism in China
Paul Kurtz

Can We Survive? (Part 1)
Stephen Paley, George K. Oister, and Richard T. Hull


EDITORIAL

Multi-Secularism: The New Agenda
Paul Kurtz


OP-ED

An Unbelievable Beginning (Part 1)
Richard Dawkins

Why the A Word Wont Go Away
Tom Flynn

The Duty of Dissent
David Koepsell

The Karamazov Principle
Christopher Hitchens

No More Cloning Around
Arthur Caplan

Should We Discuss Race and Intelligence?
Peter Singer

Christianizing America
Nat Hentoff

Pandering, Pretending, and the Law
Wendy Kaminer

Atheists Arent a Bad Lot
Dan Gardner

Clear Proof America Is Not a Christian Nation
John Tomasin

Fairness Is a Minor Virtue
Tibor R. Machan

In Defense of Fairness
Paul Kurtz


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Leading Questions
Humanism and Communicating Science
A Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Church-State Update
Edd Doerr and Tom Flynn

Humanism and the Arts
A.E. Housman: Poet, Scholar, Atheist
Gary Sloan

God on Trial
Buddhism: Blood and Enlightenment
Joseph Grosso

Islam Watch
The Significance of the Non-Muslim Evidence for Quranic Studies
Ibn Warraq


REVIEWS

With God on Our Side
By Michael L. Weinstein and Davin Seay

Keith R. Taylor

Philosophers without Gods
Edited by Louise Antony

Jean Kazez

Nothing: Something to Believe In
By Nica Lalli

Ed Buckner

No Country for Old Men
Written and directed by Ethan and Joel Coen

Michael Ray Fitzgerald




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December / January 2008

Volume 28 Number 1


SCIENTIFIC EXAMINATIONS OF RELIGION

Religious Belief and the Logic of Historical Inquiry
Van A. Harvey

Who Published the New Testament?
David Trobisch

The (Almost) Perfect Fake and/or the Real Thing
David Noel Freedman

Wheres the Evidence? How Albert Ellis Revolutionized Psychotherapy
Bill Knaus, et al.


EDITORIAL

Naturalism and the Future
Paul Kurtz


OP-ED

Beyond Ponzi Economics
Tom Flynn

Robots Bowling Alone
David Koepsell

Belief in Belief
Christopher Hitchens

Why Do Supreme Court Justices Hide from Us?
Nat Hentoff

Onward Secular Soldiers
Katha Pollitt

Worshipping at the Temple of Diana
Peter Singer


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Leading Questions
Living With Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith
A Conversation with Philip Kitcher

Church-State Update
Edd Doerr and Tom Flynn

Great Minds
Lord Byron and the Demons of Calvinism
Gary Sloan

Living Without Religion
Reassuringly Rational: An Atheist Response to Fear
Paula Kirby

God on Trial
Deliver Us from Evil
Barbara Smoker

Humanism at Large
Love and Marriage in Central Pennsylvania
Katrina Voss