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February/March 2017

Volume 37 Number 2

What Really Matters

Introduction: From an Unlikely Quarter, a New View of the Is-Ought Problem
Tom Flynn

Mattering Matters*
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

The Mattering Instinct: Religion, Humanism, and the Roots of Ideological Derangement
Andy Norman

Going Their Own Way: Village Atheists in a Changing America
Leigh Eric Schmidt

It’s Time to Hold God Accountable
Mark Cagnetta

Damned Truths
George Zebrowski


For Seculars, Challenges Ahead*
Tom Flynn


This Is Not a Drill*
Greta Christina

That Radical Islamist Terrorism Question
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar

The ‘Nones’ Weren’t Strong Enough
James A. Haught


35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry



Doerr's Way
The National Nightmare Ramps Up
Edd Doerr

The Humanist Soapbox
Abolish the Freedom of Religion! A View from Europe
Maarten Boudry

The Faith I Left Behind
A Devil on My Shoulder
Burt Siemens

Humanism At Large
Creating the Bible: Water into Wine
Douglas Whaley


The Edge of Reason: A Rational Skeptic in an Irrational World,
by Julian Baggini
Reviewed by Wayne L. Trotta

Christianity in the Light of Science: Critically Examining the World’s Largest Religion,
by John W. Loftus
Reviewed by Dennis R. Trumble



by RE Katz