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June/July 2017

Volume 37 Number 4

Blasphemy: In The Eye Of The Beholder?

Blasphemy: A Victimless Crime or a Crime in Search of a Victim?*
Flemming Rose

Religious Freedom and Blasphemy Law in a Global Context: The Concept of Religious Defamation
Mirjam van Schaik

The Catholic Church’s ‘Woman Priest’ Question
Leah Mickens

The Big Bang Enabled Evolution
Joel Kirschbaum

Calling All Wimpy Activists*
Karen Shragg

The Visions of Julian of Norwich
Joe Nickell

One Smartphone, 100 Million Users, and Privatizing Faith
Thomas Larson


Smearing Humanism
Tom Flynn


The Hadza: A People without Religion
Gregory Paul

Springtime for Bullies
Ophelia Benson

Momentous Anniversaries
Russell Blackford

Conservatism and Calamity: From Plato to Bannon
Shadia B. Drury

God and Men Behaving Badly*
Jane Roberts

Purpose-Driven Lives
James A. Haught

Saving Speaker Ryan... and Unshackling the Bern*
Edward Tabash


CFI Helps Welcome UN Special Rapporteur


35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry



Doerr's Way
Planetary Suicide in Slow Motion
Edd Doerr

Great Minds
The Wickedest Man in San Francisco: Ambrose Bierce and Cynicism’s Battling Prime
Dale DeBakcsy

Great Minds Excerpt
The Devil’s Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce

The Humanist Soapbox
Bogus Heartbeat Bill Logic
Stephen Ray Flora

Humanism at Large
Jesus Is a Myth: A Rebuttal to Bill Cooke
Mark Cagnetta


The Rabbi’s Atheist Daughter: Ernestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer,
by Bonnie S. Anderson
Reviewed by Wayne Trotta

Star Map: A Journey of Faith, Doubt, and Meaning,
by Lewis Vaughn
Reviewed by Tom Flynn

Why I Left / Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son,
by Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo
Reviewed by Tom Flynn


by Ted Richer