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Sep
27
2017

Introduction


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Tom Flynn
September 30 marks International Blasphemy Rights Day (IBRD), which the Center for Inquiry has observed since its beginning.1 IBRD celebrates the right of authors, artists, and dissidents to treat religious matters as they see fit, even to the point of offending believers.

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Sep
27
2017

The Artful Blasphemer


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By Bruce Adams
I am a blasphemer. Even now, some forty-five years after tossing the last vestiges of my Catholic indoctrination into the dustbin of childhood beliefs, this is still an oddly unsettling thing to write.

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Sep
27
2017

Blasphemy Is Harass for Me


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By Pat Oleszko
Pat Oleszko is an accomplished performance artist whose work often trespasses on “forbidden” religious ground. Her sensibility is absurdist; her methods encompass raucous costuming, rowdy street theater, and puppetry of sometimes breathtaking complexity.

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Sep
27
2017

Hate Speech or Blasphemy: What’s the Difference?


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Sara Ali
The walls surrounding me were adorned with Arabic calligraphy and an image of a beautiful, large mosque beneath a bright blue sky. As a child, I would gaze at these images, admiring the intricacies of the calligraphy, every line and squiggle elegantly limned with shimmering silver paint.

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Sep
27
2017

‘I Love Tuesdays’


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By John Roberts
Every Tuesday afternoon, five friends played pickup basketball, then went to their favorite bar and grill for a bite to eat. They made quite the melting pot: a Roman Catholic, a Protestant evangelical, a Jewish guy, a Muslim, and an East Indian Hindu.


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Sep
27
2017

Introduction


Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Judy Walker and Tom Flynn
In the preceding issue, Part 11 of this three-part symposium in print took a think-tank approach, emphasizing naturalism’s implications for education and public policy. In Part 2, we turn in a more critical direction.

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Sep
27
2017

When Philosophy Lost Its Way


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Robert Frodeman and Adam Briggle
The history of Western philosophy can be presented in a number of ways. It can be told in terms of periods—ancient, medieval, and modern. We can divide it into rival traditions (empiricism versus rationalism, analytic versus Continental) or into various core areas (metaphysics, epistemology, ethics). It can also, of course, be viewed through the critical lens of gender or racial exclusion, as a discipline almost entirely fashioned for and by white European men.


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Sep
27
2017

Why Philosophy of Religion Must End


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By John W. Loftus
What I’m about to write is against everything I was taught in college and seminary, where I earned three master’s degrees and then pursued PhD studies for a year and a half in fields related to the philosophy of religion (PoR).

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Sep
27
2017

The Real Question: 
Can Philosophy Be Saved?


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Susan Haack
I certainly share our editor’s sense that academic philosophy is in bad shape, and his concern for the future of our discipline. But his diagnosis—that, in what he sees as a kind of culture war in our profession, the side that appeals to “awe and transcendence” seems to be winning—strikes me as way off the mark.

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Sep
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2017

Must Humanists Be Naturalists?


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Stephen Law
Are secular humanists obliged to sign up to naturalism? Should we define humanism (or secular humanism, as some prefer to call it in the United States) as involving a commitment to naturalism? Many humanists often define humanism that way, of course.

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