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Mar
18
2007

Yes to Naturalism, Secularism, and Humanism


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 27 issue 3
By Paul Kurtz
Editorial ‘Yes’ to Naturalism, Secularism, and Humanism Paul Kurtz A provocative new book by physicist and astronomer Victor J. Stenger, God: The Failed Hypothesis (Prometheus Books, 2007), reviews the scientific evidence for the existence of God and concludes that it is totally inadequate. Stenger has authored several books rejecting theism...

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Jan
07
2007

Vern Bullough: An appreciation


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 27 issue 2
By Martha Cornog
Vern Bullough: An Appreciation Martha Cornog At the 1965 meeting of the American Historical Association, Vern Bullough was introduced as “the historian who specialized in whores, queers, and perverts, but who could also do some ‘real’ research occasionally.” Thanks in large part to Bullough, historical research about prostitution, homosexuality, and...

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Jan
07
2007

The Postmodern Interpretation of Religious Terrorism


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 27 issue 2
By pcliteur
The Postmodern Interpretation of Religious Terrorism Paul Cliteur Terrorism, the use of force by private actors or organizations to intimidate others to achieve political and ideological goals, is a significant menace to contemporary democracies. In the preceding decades, terrorism was perpetrated for the sake of a piece of land (geographical...

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Jan
07
2007

The Postmodern Interpretation of Religious Terrorism


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 27 issue 2
By Paul Cliteur
POST-CHRISTIAN EUROPE... WILL IT STAY SECULAR? The Postmodern Interpretation of Religious Terrorism Paul Cliteur Terrorism, the use of force by private actors or organizations to intimidate others to achieve political and ideological goals, is a significant menace to contemporary democracies. In the preceding decades, terrorism was perpetrated for the sake...

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Jan
07
2007

Supply, Demand, and Secularization


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 27 issue 2
By Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart
POST-CHRISTIAN EUROPE... WILL IT STAY SECULAR? Supply, Demand, and Secularization Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart The religious landscapes in both Europe and the United States are increasingly diverse in different ways, but the overall trend on both sides of the Atlantic is toward greater secularization and a multiplicity of different...

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Jan
07
2007

Beyond the Believers


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 27 issue 2
By Sam Harris
OP-ED Sam Harris Beyond the Believers Recently, I attended a three-day conference at the Salk Institute, organized by The Science Network. The conference was titled, Beyond Belief: Science, Religion, Reason, and Survival and was conducted as a town-hall meeting before an audience of invited guests. Speakers included Steven Weinberg, Harold...

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Jan
07
2007

The End of Faith in Politics


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 27 issue 2
By David Koepsell
OP-ED The End of Faith in Politics David Koepsell Recently, a spate of articles, newscasts, books, and other media have focused on the “New Atheism,” bringing attention to some fine best-selling books by Free Inquiry contributors such as Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Susan Jacoby, and Richard Dawkins. Many of us...

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Jan
07
2007

Religion in Conflict


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 27 issue 2
By pkurtz
Editorial Paul Kurtz Religion in Conflict Are Evangelical Atheists Too Outspoken? The recent publication of four booksThe God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins; The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation, both by Sam Harris; and Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennetthas provoked great...

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Jan
07
2007

Religion in Conflict


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 27 issue 2
By Paul Kurtz
EDITORIAL Religion in Conflict: Are ‘Evangelical Atheists’ Too Outspoken? Paul Kurtz The recent publication of four books—The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins; The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation, both by Sam Harris; and Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennett—has provoked great...

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Nov
30
2006

The New Hate Speech


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 27 issue 1
By Tom Flynn
OP-ED The New Hate Speech Tom Flynn As some Americans' holiday season draws nigh, secular humanists, Christians, and non-Christian believers should all reflect on what will make this season different from any before it. Depending on context, wishing someone "Merry Christmas!" can now function as hate speech. In Religious Right...

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