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Letters, Vol. 19, No. 4


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LETTERS   Godless Hitler? In his otherwise excellent article “Taking Disbelief Out of the Closet,” (FI, Summer 1999), Alan Dershowitz errs in describing Hitler as a “cynical, godless tyrant.” Cynical maybe, a tyrant definitely, but godless he was not. Hitler was born and raised in the Roman Catholic faith, and...

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Frontlines, Vol. 19, No. 4


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FRONTLINES   Congress Bludgeons First Amendment Christopher Kirchhoff In the months following the tragic school shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, the U.S. Congress has gone on a rampage of its own, accordingto many First Amendment defenders. The resulting political maneuvers, civil libertarians say, have knocked so many...

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Sidelines, Vol. 19, No. 4


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SIDELINES   Funnier Than A Barrel Of Mormons Erin Vaughn The recently published volume of Mormon jokes, "Best Loved Humor of the LDS [Latter Day Saints] People," has been making waves among the more pious members of the Mormon community. The book includes such raucous jocularities as "How are bishops...

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The Woman’s Bible


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One of the first American suffragists, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a tireless champion of equal rights and a strong opponent of religious orthodoxy.

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It’s a Miracle: No National Day of Prayer


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By Tom Flynn
CHURCH-STATE UPDATE It’s a Miracle: No National Day of Prayer Tom Flynn Church-State Update tracks continuing developments in important federal, state, and local church-state issues. Each item is preceded by an up arrow (Δ) or a down arrow (∇), based on the story’s implications for separation of church and state...

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Humanism at Large, 19.4


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HUMANISM AT LARGE   CFI SESSION About 30 attended the summer session of the Center for Inquiry Institute held July 7–11, 1999 at CFI International in Amherst (N.Y.) Courses included Introduction to Critical Inquiry as an Academic Discipline and Worldview, The Psychology of Belief, and Communication and Leadership Skills in...

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Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquest from the Seventh to the Twenty-First Centuries


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By Paul Kurtz
REVIEWS Can the Jihad Be Tamed? Paul Kurtz Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquest from the Seventh to the Twenty-First Centuries, by Paul Fregosi (Amherst, N.Y. Prometheus Books, 1998, ISBN 1-57392-247-1) 442 pp., cloth $29.95. There were special circumstances that surrounded the decision by Prometheus Books to publish this book....

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Amy’s View (1997), Plenty (1996)


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By Jim Herrick
REVIEWS David Hare: Acts of Discovery Jim Herrick Amy’s View (1997), Plenty (1996). David Hare is a contemporary British playwright with a wide humanist streak, a strong sense of recent history, and yet a deep consciousness of the need to resolve issues, to live fully in the present. His characters...

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What Remains to be Discovered? Mapping the Secrets of the Universe, the Origins of Life, and the Fut


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By Tom Flynn
REVIEWS The End of Science? Not Likely Tom Flynn What Remains to be Discovered: Mapping the Secrets of the Universe, the Origins of Life, and the Future of the Human Race, by John Maddox (New York: Martin Kessler Books/The Free Press, 1998, ISBN 0-684-82292-X) xlv + 434 pp., cloth $26.00....

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Atheism & Theism


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By Norm R. Allen, Jr.
REVIEWS Atheist VS. Theist Norm R. Allen, Jr. Atheism & Theism, by J.J.C. Smart and J.J. Haldane (Oxford, U.K.: Blackwell Publishers, Inc., ISBN 0-385-47818-6) 234 pp., paper $25.95. Atheism & Theism is a debate on the existence of God between an atheist (J. J. C. Smart) and a theist (J....

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