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October / November 2009

Volume 29 Number 6


EDITORIALS

Two-and-a-Half Cheers for Progressive Humanism
Plus: Health Care Is a Human Right
Paul Kurtz


OP-ED

It’s Amazing What You Can Find By Looking
Tom Flynn

An Eid Too Far
Christopher Hitchens

The Trouble with Organ Trafficking
Arthur Caplan

Will Bush-Cheney’s Chief Torture Lawyer Face Justice?
Nat Hentoff

The Ties that Bind
Janet L. Factor

Scholars Probe Religious/Secular Tensions at The New School
Nathan Bupp, Ibn Warraq, Derek Araujo


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Leading Questions
Christian Hypocrisy, World Hunger, and the Secularist Response:
A Conversation with Peter Singer

Church-State Update
Edd Doerr

Living Without Religion
This Is It: Confessions of a Skeptic
Will Cooper

God on Trial
Theism as Hate Propaganda: Can One Be Good with God?
David Rand

Humanism at Large
The Importance of Definitions
S.C. Hitchcock


FEATURES

The Subversion of Lisa Bauer
Richard Dawkins

Subjection and Escape, Part 1: An American Woman’s Muslim Journey
Lisa Bauer

John Dewey, Philosophical Radical
Phillip Kitcher

Painful Junction
N. Bonaparte

Clericalism and Anticlericalism in Spain
Edd Doerr

Against Tolerance
Stephen Gallagher


REVIEWS

Darwin: A Life in Poems
by Ruth Padel

Matt Marshall

Forced into Faith: How Religion Abuses Children’s Rights
by Innaiah Narisetti

Floris van den Berg

Is Goodness without God Good Enough?
by Robert K. Garcia & Nathan L. King

Norm R. Allen Jr

Playing Gods: The Board Game of Divine Domination
Created by Benjamin Radford

John Shook




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August / September 2009

Volume 29 Number 5


EDITORIALS

The Future of Secular Humanism in America
Plus: Does the Universe Have Meaning?
Paul Kurtz

What Is the Center for Inquiry/Transnational?
Paul Kurtz


OP-ED

Two Cheers for Same-Sex Marriage
Tom Flynn

The Holocaust, Rwanda—Never, Ever Again!
Nat Hentoff

Torture at the Polls
Wendy Kaminer

A French Revelation, or The Burning Bush
James A. Haught

Without Free Will
Tibor Machan

Against Grand Narratives, Part 2
Shadia B. Drury

Thank You, Science Fiction
Katrina Voss


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Leading Questions
Living Well without God:
A Conversation with Eric Maisel

Church-State Update
Edd Doerr

Living Without Religion
Atheists Bus Ads Turn Heads in Canada and Worldwide
Justin Trottier

Faith and Reason
Sublime Naturalism
Lawrence Rifkin


POEM

In the Beginning
J.D. Schraffenberger


FEATURES

Designer Moods: The Ethics of Neurochemical Enhancement
David Koepsell

Social Pressures for Technological Mood Management
James J. Hughes

The Case for Happy-People Pills
Mark Alan Walker

The Uncharted Moral Landscape of Designer Personalities
Ronald A. Lindsay

Profiles of the Godless: Results from a Survey of the Nonreligious
Luke W. Galen

Visions and the Origins of Christianity
Mary K. Matossian


REVIEWS

New Directions for Atheists,Agnostics, Secularists, and the Undecided
by Ronald Aronson

Jeff Noonan

Quantum Gods
by Victor J. Stenger

Stuart Jordan

Worst Instincts: Cowardice, Conformity, and the ACLU
by Wendy Kaminer

Tom Flynn

Pessimism to Realistic Hope: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Program for Depression and Self-Esteem
by Tony Picchioni

Mary Ann Barnhart

Write These Laws on Your Children: Inside the World of Conservative Christian Homeschooling
by Robert Kunzman

Edd Doerr

God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World
by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

Matt Marshall

Helix
by Eric Brown

Tom Flynn

The Other Preacher in Lynchburg: My Life Across Town from Jerry Falwell
by John Killinger

Edd Doerr

Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church-State Wars
by Jay Wexler

Edd Doerr




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June / July 2009

Volume 29 Number 4


EDITORIALS

A Call for New Planetary Institutions
Plus: The Rights of the Child / Torture and American Democracy
Paul Kurtz

Are There Secularists in the Trenches?
name withheld


OP-ED

Secularization Renewed?
Tom Flynn

Why We Need to Keep Giving, Now
Peter Singer

‘Trust Us’
Wendy Kaminer

Against Grand Narratives, Part I
Shadia B. Drury

2009 Templeton Award Goes for Proving … Um, What?
Derek C. Araujo

How to Deny Anthropogenic Global Warming: Advice for Believers
Christian Wright


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Leading Questions
Why Evolution Is True: A Conversation with Jerry A. Coyne

Church-State Update
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
On the Bicentennial of the Death of Thomas Paine, June 8, 1809
Kenneth W. Burchell

Applied Ethics
Redefining Death
Elliot D. Cohen

Faith and Reason
Protestant Diploma Mills
Alan Contreras

Humanism at Large
On the Policing of Genetic Porn
Katrina Voss


POEMS

Light
Felicia Nimue Ackerman


WHAT’S WRONG WITH FAITH-BASED FUNDING?

Safeguarding Religious Liberty in Charitable Choice and Faith-Based Initiatives
Daniel Horowitz and Ruth Mitchell

The Faith-Based Initiative 2.0: Can We Unplug It?
Rob Boston

Keeping the Faith, Ignoring the History
Susan Jacoby

Seven Reasons Obama’s Faith-Based Initiative Is Wrong
D.J. Grothe

The Cross in the Doughnut Hole: A different church-state test for the Obama White House
Ronald A. Lindsay

My Struggle for Equality
Taslima Nasrin


REVIEWS

Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America—and Found Unexpected Peace
by William Lobdell

Brian T. Sullivan

Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Secularism
by Paul Kurtz

Daniel M. Kane

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement
by Kathryn Joyce

Edd Doerr

Karma, Dharma, Pudding & Pie
by Philip Appleman

Rob Boston

The Book of Atheist Spirituality
by André Comte-Sponville

Bill Cooke

Tomorrow’s Table, Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
by Pamela C. Ronald and Raoul W. Adamchack

John Frantz




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April / May 2009

Volume 29 Number 3


EDITORIALS

Personal Morality
Paul Kurtz

A Short Primer on Secular Ethics
Paul Kurtz

More on the Vice Presidency
Paul Kurtz and Tom Flynn


OP-ED

Taken in the Wrong Spirit
Tom Flynn

George Washington's Ghostwriter
Christopher Hitchens

Crazy Eights
Arthur Caplan

Thirty Years of 'Test-Tube' Babies
Peter Singer

The Importance of Individualism
Tibor R. Machan

Conscientious Objectors to Killing Pre-Birthers
Nat Hentoff

Facism - American Style
Shadia B. Drury


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Leading Questions
Art, Poetry, and Atheism:
A talk with Jennifer Michael Hecht

Church-State Update
Edd Doerr

Living with Religion
What Kind of Atheist Are You?
Sheldon F. Gottlieb

Humanism at Large
Uppercase
Ellis J. Biderson


POEMS

Nature's Mathematics
Maureen Mulhern

Worn Smooth
Maureen Mulhern

Science Lab
Maureen Mulhern


FEATURES: IS THE POPULATION BOMB FINALLY EXPLODING?

Is This Zero Hour?
Tom Flynn

Population Growth and Climate Change: Universal access to family planning should be the priority
John Guillebaud and Pip Hayes

The Real Perils of Human Population Growth
David and Marcia Pimentel

Overpopulation? No Way!
Jan Narveson

Exposing the Myth of Alcoholics Anonymous
Steven Mohr

Apartheid's Anniversary
Luis Granados

Aweism
Phil Zuckerman


REVIEWS

Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism
by Ibn Warraq

Lee Nisbet

Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment
by Phil Zuckerman

Edd Doerr

Hot, Flat, and Crowded
by Thomas L. Friedman

Edd Doerr

Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists
by Dan Barker

Tom Flynn




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February / March 2009

Volume 29 Number 2


EDITORIAL

Overcoming the Global Economic Tsunami
Paul Kurtz

The Core values of Secular Humanism: The Difference Between Ethics and Politics
Paul Kurtz

It Is Time for Secular Humanists to Run for Public Office
Paul Kurtz, Ruth Mitchell, Toni Van Pelt, and Tom Flynn

Defaming Human Rights
Paul Kurtz, Austin Dacey, and Tom Flynn


OP-ED

Let My Person Go!
Tom Flynn

Freedom of Thought
Ronald A. Lindsay

The Sad Case of Motl Brody
Arthur Caplan

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Wendy Kaminer

President Obama Faces Legal Black Holes
Nat Hentoff

Debating Douglas
Christopher Hitchens

Evolution and Other ‘Problem Science’
Katrina Voss


POEM

It
Jeredith Merrin


REVIEWS

Nauvoo Polygamy: “...But We Called It Celestial Marriage”
By George D. Smith

Paul Kurtz

Bondage and the Bible
Written and Directed by D. Eric Harmon

Norm R. Allen Jr.

On Religious Liberty
by James Calvin Davis

Joe E. Barnhart


FEATURES: DARWIN’S 200TH

The Power of Darwin
Richard Dawkins

Creationism du Jour: The 'Evidence against Evolution'
Eugenie C. Scott and Glenn Branch

Nothing New Under the Sun: The Louisiana Science Education Act
Barbara Forrest

Rebel Giants: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, 1809—2009
David R. Contosta

Darwin's Views on Race Matter
R.G. Price

How to Discredit the Theory of Evolution: Advice for Believers
Christian Wright

Taking Responsibility for Ourselves
Ronald Aronson


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Leading Questions
A Talk with P.Z. Myers

Church-State Update
Edd Doerr

Great Minds:
The Humanism of W.E.B. Du Bois
Norm Allen Jr.

European Correspondant:
Something Rotten in the Church of Denmark
Malene Busk




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December 2008/ January 2009

Volume 29 Number 1


EDITORIAL

Bravo, President-Elect Obama! New Dimensions for American Democracy
From the Editors

The Two Imperatives of Planetary Ethics
Paul Kurtz


OP-ED

An Unfruitful Plea
Tom Flynn

Split Hairs and Split Movements
Ron Lindsay

The Hidden Costs of Money
Peter Singer

Politics and Pulpits
Wendy Kaminer

Are Muslims a Menace to Christian Europe?
Shadia B. Drury


FEATURES: THE FUTURE OF RELIGION: TWO VIEWS

Introduction
Tom Flynn

The Big Religion Questions Finally Solved
Gregory S. Paul

The Great God Debate and the Future of Faith
Alexander Saxton

'I Shall Never Get to the Resting Place' The religious skepticism of Abraham Lincoln
Richard Lawrence Miller

Islam and Human Rights: Defending Universality at the United Nations
Austin Dacey and Colin Koproske


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Leading Questions
A Conversation with Rev. Michael Dowd

Church-State Update
Edd Doerr

Great Minds:
A Great Humanist: William James
John Shook

Great Minds Excerpt:

What Makes a Life Significant
William James

Humanism at Large
The Ten Commandments of Evangelical Capitalism
R. Georges Delamontagne


REVIEWS

The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions
By David Berlinski

Paul R. Gross

50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God
By Guy P. Harrison

Nica Lalli

Religulous Written By Bill Maher
Directed By Larry Charles

Jim Underdown