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Jun
02
2017

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


Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 4
By Flemming Rose
“The issue driving the government’s 
motivation to keep the blasphemy 
law was the holy book of a specific 
religion and its prophet, not holy books and prophets in general.”



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Jun
02
2017

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


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 4
By Mirjam van Schaik
“In one severe abuse of freedom 
of religion, religious freedom has been amalgamated with political strategies or policies of protecting the reputation of religions against defamation.”


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Jun
02
2017

The Catholic Church’s ‘Woman Priest’ Question: Thomas Aquinas and Giving Every Woman Her Due


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 4
By Leah Mickens
“To understand the real reason behind the Catholic Church’s ban on women priests, one must examine the Aristotelian and Thomistic foundation of Catholic dogma.”

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Jun
02
2017

The Big Bang Enabled Evolution


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 4
By Joel Kirschbaum
“Evolution should occur on planets with mild temperatures such as we have on our planet Earth, with no need whatever for intervention by a divinity.”

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Jun
02
2017

Calling All Wimpy Activists


Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 4
By Karen Shragg
“If we want our dreams for a better world to come true, we have to recognize the significance of reducing human numbers.”

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Jun
02
2017

The Visions of Julian of Norwich


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 4
By Joe Nickell
“There is nothing to suggest that Julian’s visions are anything more than imaginative meditations. They contain mostly the dogmas and iconography of the period.”

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Jun
02
2017

One Smartphone, 100 Million Users, and Privatizing Faith


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 4
By Thomas Larson
“Corporate CEOs are the 
new clergy; social media,
the new church.”

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Jun
02
2017

Smearing Humanism


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 4
By Tom Flynn
“Yuval Noah Harari … has presented an extreme and factually untethered critique of humanism.”

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Jun
02
2017

The Hadza: A People without Religion



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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 4
By Gregory Paul
“For all we know, lots of Ice Age hunter-gatherers were not religious. The problem is that there’s no way to tell.”

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Jun
02
2017

Springtime for Bullies


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 4
By Ophelia Benson
“We think of bullying as something children and adolescents do to each other, but really it’s pervasive.”

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