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October/November 2013

Volume 33, Number 6


ONLINE-ONLY BONUS ARTICLES

The Vices of Literary Criticism
George A. Wells

John Emerson Roberts and the Beginnings of Religious Humanism
Ellen Roberts Young

RELIGIOUS HUMANISM: DEAD, ALIVE, OR BIFURCATING?

Introduction
Tom Flynn

The Godless Congregation: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
James Croft and Greg Epstein

F. C. S. Schiller’s Idealistic Humanism and Personalism
Hugh P. McDonald

John Dewey and the Fighting ‘Faith’ of Humanism
John Shook

Religious Humanism Today
William R. Murry

Congregational Humanism: Throwing Out the Bad and Keeping the Good
Jennifer Kalmanson


Casualty TV: How CSI and NCIS Have Helped America Face Its War Dead
Steven Doloff


EDITORIAL

The Left Is Not Always Right
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

Can We Rationally Accept Our Irrationality?
Greta Christina

Transplantation and the Ten-Year-Old
Arthur L. Caplan

Whose Pattern?
Ophelia Benson

How Many Americans Will Remember Edward Snowden?
Nat Hentoff

On Lewis, Mice, and Witches
Shadia B. Drury

No Qualms
James A. Haught

Freethought Under Attack in Bangladesh
Trisha Ahmed and Avijit Roy


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Charters and Vouchers vs. Public Schools
Edd Doerr

Faith and Reason
Undermining Democracy and Protecting Religion
Ryan Shaffer

Humanism at Large
Teaching Tolerance to the Texas Textbook Committee
Joel Kirschbaum


OBITUARY

Margherita Hack (1922–2013)


REVIEWS

The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government
by Amanda Knief with a Foreword by Barry W. Lynn

Reviewed by Tom Flynn

Bad Samaritans: The ACLU’s Relentless Campaign to Erase Faith from the Public Square
by Jerome R. Corsi

Reviewed by Edd Doerr

Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari’a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World
by Sadakat Kadri

Reviewed by Michael B. Schub

Deliverance at Hand!: The Redemption of a Devout Jehovah’s Witness
by James Zimmerman

Reviewed by Becca Challman


POEMS

Mrs. Larkin Reflects, Received Wisdom, Narcissus and Echo
by Susan McLean




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August/September 2013

Volume 33, Number 5


FACING THE WORST WITHOUT GOD

Profiles of Resilience: Interviews with Atheistic Spinal Cord Injury Survivors
Karen Hwang


REVISITING RIGHT AND WRONG

The Foundation of Ethics and Morals in America
Reynold Spector

In Response to Reynold Spector
Ronald A. Lindsay

In Defense of Sam Harris’s ‘Science of Morality’
Amir E. Salehi


ISLAM RECONSIDERED

Islam and Its Text
James Snell

Islam: A Totalitarian Package of Religion and Politics
Madeline Weld


The Holy Spirit—Christianity’s Two-edged Resource
George A. Wells

What Paul Revere’s Ride Tells Us about Jesus
Mark Rubinstein


EDITORIAL

The Looming Supreme Court Showdowns
Ronald A. Lindsay


OP-EDS

Celebrating Fifty Years of Separation
Tom Flynn

Supreme Court Killing an Innocent Man
Nat Hentoff

Singing the DSM-5 Blues
Arthur L. Caplan

Why We Need to Keep Fighting
Greta Christina

God-Talk for Atheists
Herb Silverman


OBITUARY

Henry Morgentaler, 1923–2013


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Trouble Down Under, Part 2: Lessons for the United States
Edd Doerr

Applied Ethics
Religion as Emotional Blackmail
Donald R. Burleson

Living Without Religion
Mass Shootings and Theodicy
Gary J. Whittenberger

God on Trial
Evaluating the New Atheists’ Criticism of Scripture
James Metzger


REVIEWS

Why Tolerate Religion?
by Brian Leiter

Reviewed by Russell Blackford

The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism
by A.C. Grayling

Reviewed by Brooke Horvath

There Is No God: Atheists in America
by David A. Williamson and George Yancey

Reviewed by Ryan T. Cragun

Culture Wars: The Threat to Your Family and Your Freedom
by Marie Alena Castle

Reviewed by Edd Doerr


POEMS

Where Have You Come From, Where Are You Going?, Of Course There’s a God
by Terese Coe




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June/July 2013

Volume 33, Number 4


RESEARCH REPORT: DOES RELIGION REALLY MAKE US BETTER PEOPLE?

A Skeptical Review of Religious Prosociality Research
Luke W. Galen and Jeremy Beahan

Cheating or Leveling the Playing Field?: Rethinking How We Ask Questions About Religion in the United States
Ryan T. Cragun and Barry A. Kosmin


The Secular Therapist Project
Darrel W. Ray

Beware of Mental Traps: Why We Need to Overcome Them to Survive the Twenty-First Century
Hector F. Sierra

Dear Lottie
Fritz Williams


EDITORIAL

Is Religion Dying?
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

Atheist Birthday Cake
Ophelia Benson

Government in America–What’s It For?
Tibor R. Machan

Exposing Christian Propaganda
Shadia B. Drury

Secular Humanists Are Winning, Winning
James A. Haught

The Legacy of Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI
George A. Wells


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Trouble Down Under
Edd Doerr

Humanistically Speaking
Of Persons, Human Beings, Things Human, Roses, and Toxic Waste Dumps
Andrew S. Ryan Jr.

Humanism at Large
Does God Send People to Hell?
Richard Schoenig


REVIEWS

God or Godless: One Atheist. One Christian. Twenty Controversial Questions
by John W. Loftus and Randal Rauser

Reviewed by Robert M. Price

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
by Jonathan Haidt

Reviewed by Wayne L. Trotta

The Enlightenment Vision: Science, Reason, and the Promise of a Better Future
by Stuart Jordan

Reviewed by Edd Doerr

What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster
by Jonathan V. Last

Reviewed by Tom Flynn

“It’s Not About the Sex,” My Ass: Confessions of an Ex-Mormon Ex-Polygamist Ex-Wife
by Joanne Hanks as told to Steve Cuno

Reviewed by Tom Flynn


POEMS

Untitled
by Marybeth Rua-Larsen

Vision
by Charlotte Innes




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April/May 2013

Volume 33, Number 3


ARMY OF GOD: America’s Armed Forces vs. Their Nontheists

Introduction
Jason Torpy, Guest Feature Editor

Note from the Editor
Tom Flynn

The State of Our Christian Military (and What to Do About It)
Jason Torpy

The Ravages of Wartime Moral Injuries
Gretchen Brendel Mann

Seeking Reform from Within
Major Raymond Bradley

Freethought Enjoys Smoother Sailing at the Naval Academy
Clifford G. Andrew

Why Chaplains Should Be Contracted, Not Commissioned
Carlos Bertha


Apocalypse Nation
Steven Doloff


EDITORIAL

The Argument from Death and Meaninglessness—Again
Ronald A. Lindsay


REQUEST FOR ESSAYS

On ‘Why I Am Not a . . .’


OP-EDS

Yes, Virginia, There Was a Twentieth Century
Tom Flynn

What Does Religion Provide?
Greta Christina

Should We Abolish Morality?
Russell Blackford

The Decay of American Democracy, Part 2
Shadia B. Drury

The Brain of Ariel Sharon
Arthur Caplan

Domestic Drone Danger Deepens
Nat Hentoff

Here Come the ‘Evatheists’
John Shook

Greece Grapples with Blasphemy
Simon Davis

Existentialism: A Philosophy for Secular Humanists
James A. Haught

Tracing ‘Secular Humanism’
Edd Doerr


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
PBS’s First Freedom
Edd Doerr

Humanism at Large
Answer to Stalin
Michael Paulkovich

Faith and Reason
Twenty Christian Questions
Mark Rubinstein

Response
A Response to Michael Shermer
Ophelia Benson


REVIEWS

The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society
by Brad S. Gregory

Reviewed by Brooke Horvath

Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus: Memoir of a Discovery
by Thomas L. Brodie

Reviewed by George A. Wells

The Bible, the School, and the Constitution: The Clash That Shaped Modern Church-State Doctrine
by Steven K. Green

Reviewed by Wayne L. Trotta

A Provocative People: A Secular History of the Jews
by Sherwin T. Wine

Reviewed by Edd Doerr

In Freedom We Trust
by Edward M. Buckner and Michael E. Buckner

Reviewed by Becky Garrison

Realising Secularism: Austraila and New Zealand
edited by Max Wallace

Reviewed by Edd Doerr


POEM

Hinges
by W.F. Lantry




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February/March 2013

Volume 33, Number 2


OUR ANTHROPOCENE FUTURE

Our Anthropocene Future: Introduction
Tom Flynn

What Biology Can Tell Us
Paul Grogan


The Anti-Gay Legacy of America’s Prophet
Becky Garrison

A Humanist Perspective on the Sermon on the Mount
Gordon Gamm

What God Hath Wrought
Dennis R. Trumble

The Unholy Trinity: Existential Insecurity, Extreme Religiosity, and Manifest Hate
R. Georges Delamontagne

Myth Growth Rates
Kris Komarnitsky


EDITORIAL

When ‘Current Law’ Is Not Enough
Tom Flynn


OP-EDS

Atheism and Sensuality
Greta Christina

Beware of Declaring God’s Intentions
Arthur Caplan

Religious Health Care Under the Radar
Ophelia Benson

Markets and Generosity
Tibor R. Machan

Long Against Obamacare, I Make a Big Exception
Nat Hentoff

The Fascination of Faitheism
Russell Blackford


LETTERS


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Post-Election Cogitations
Edd Doerr

Humanism and Science
Accommodationism: The End of Cognitive Behavior Therapy?
Gil Gaudia

God on Trial
Does the Bible Vilify Israel?
Robert M. Price

Living Without Religion
Atheism: The Last Closet
Jane Roberts

Response
A Guy Thing? Secularism, Feminism, and a Response to Ophelia Benson
Michael Shermer


REVIEWS

The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought
by Susan Jacoby

Reviewed by Tom Flynn

Fires of Faith: Catholic England Under Mary Tudor
by Eamon Duffy

Reviewed by George A. Wells

Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday!
by Penn Jillette

Reviewed by Katrina Voss


POEMS

Rabbit Rabbit, Promise
by Joan Mazza




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December 2012 / January 2013

Volume 33, Number 1


WOMEN IN SECULARISM

Melody Hensley, Guest Editor

Women in Secularism: Introduction
Melody Hensley

Nontheism and Feminism: Why the Disconnect?
Ophelia Benson

Sexism: It's Not Mission Drift!
Jennifer McCreight

The Intersection of Nontheism and Feminism
Rebecca Watson

How to Attract More Secular Women Activists
Susan Jacoby

Jezebel
Sikivu Hutchinson

Islam Is Woman’s Enemy
Wafa Sultan

Poems: "Please Answer All Three of the Following Essay Questions," "Love Explained," "Villanelle If You Want to Be a Badass," and "History"
Jennifer Michael Hecht


Spending Christmas with Linus
Jim Metzger

Before the Beginning
Dennis E. Erickson

Cut It Out: Circumcision Revisited
Edan Tasca


EDITORIAL

Free Expression and Women’s Rights
Ronald A. Lindsay


FREE EXPRESSION IN CRISIS

It’s Time to Stand Up for Free Expression
Tom Flynn

The First Amendment Provides Full Protection to Innocence of Muslims
Edward Tabash

The Trouble with ‘Religious Hatred’
Austin Dacey

Freedom of Speech and Muslim Rage
Shadia B. Drury

Skepticism vs. the Indian ‘Blasphemy Law’: Free Speech, Free Inquiry, and Religious Tolerance
Ryan Shaffer


IN MEMORIAM

Paul Kurtz (1925–2012)


LETTERS


OP-EDS

Altruism Isn’t Generosity
Tibor R. Machan

Homosexuality Is Not a Choice, But It Should Be
Katrina Voss

Fifty Years of American Atheists
Tom Flynn

More Evidence of Fading Faith
James A. Haught


OBITUARIES

Sergei Kapitza, 1928–2012
Thomas Szasz, 1920–2012
Sean Lachut


DEPARTMENTS

Church-State Update
Hansel, Gretel, and Today’s Abortion Wars
Edd Doerr

God on Trial
How Christians Can Test Their Own Prayers Objectively
John W. Loftus

Humanism and the Arts
A Tribute to Harry Harrison
Guy Lancaster

Humanism at Large
Our Christian Language
Peg Tittle


REVIEWS

Meaning and Value in a Secular Age: Why Eupraxsophy Matters—The Writings of Paul Kurtz
edited by Nathan Bupp

Reviewed by John Shook

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
by Stephen Greenblatt

Reviewed by James A. Haught

Mortality
by Christopher Hitchens

Reviewed by Becca Challman

That’s Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America’s Right Wing
by Michael Austin

Reviewed by Rob Boston

The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ
by Daniel Boyarin

Reviewed by William Harwood


POEMS

Still Life with Lamp and Dogs, Reincarnation, ‘Team Up with Jesus’
by Brooke Horvath