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2002

Second Thoughts on Fine-Tuning


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 23 issue 1
By Jeremy Patrick
SCIENCE AND RELIGION Second Thoughts on Fine-Tuning Jeremy Patrick The Intelligent Design movement’s so-called Fine-Tuning Argument is easy to follow and has tremendous rhetorical appeal. In its simplest form, it merely observes that we live in a universe conducive to the evolution of human life, and that, if the universe...

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2002

Why I did it


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 23 issue 1
By Michael Newdow
OP-ED Why I Did It: The “Under God” and Chaplaincy Plaintiff Speaks Out Michael Newdow Why did I do it? The answer is easy: our current system is wrong. We have rules, and we’re supposed to abide by them, but we haven’t been abiding by them at all in the...

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2002

The Ethics of Humanism Without Religion


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 23 issue 1
By Paul Kurtz
EDITORIAL The Ethics of Humanism Without Religion Paul Kurtz The question is constantly asked: What is the ethics of humanism? Can a society or person be moral without religion? Yes, indeed, affirm secular humanists. Morality is deeply rooted in the “common moral decencies” (these relate to moral behavior in society)...

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2002

Where Credit Is Due


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 23 issue 1
By Steven Devries
OP-ED Where Credit Is Due Steven Devries I’ve just put the final touches on the second draft of a play that Center for Inquiry–Metro New York was to produce in November, and I feel comfortable enough with the material finally to copyright it. U.S. law copyrights a work the moment...

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Dec
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2002

9/11/02


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 23 issue 1
By Susan Haack
OP-ED 9/11/02 Susan Haack For me at least, it is still hard to speak or even think clearly about the terrible events of a year ago. The sheer complexity of the tangled political, legal, military, strategic, theological, and philosophical questions—about international politics and the role of religion, about the goals,...

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Dec
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2002

Is the US About to Launch a War of Aggression?


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 23 issue 1
By Paul Kurtz
 Is the US About to Launch a War of Aggression?by Paul KurtzThe following article is from Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 23, Number 1. What is the difference between a preemptive first strike and a war of aggression? The latter is defined in Webster’s as “a forceful action... intended to dominate......

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Sep
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2002

HUMANISM AND THE ARTS: Doing Time with Marcel Proust


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 22 issue 4
By Jeannette Lowen
HUMANISM AND THE ARTSDoing Time with Marcel ProustJeannette LowenThe following article is from Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 22, Number 4.Marcel Proust devoted his life to unravelling the mystery of time. He uncovered the secret of extracting the "permanent and the significant" from "the transitory and the trivial." He sought some...

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2002

The Will to Believe Keeps the Worldwide Church of God Afloat


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 22 issue 4
By Vern Bullough
OP-ED The Will to Believe Keeps the Worldwide Church of God Afloat Vern Bullough One of the more fascinating stories of the rise and decline of a church is that of the Worldwide Church of God, founded by Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986) in 1933 in Eugene, Oregon. Originally it was...

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2002

An Accidental World


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 22 issue 4
By Taner Edis
SCIENCE AND RELIGION An Accidental World Taner Edis The human brain is not at its best when it confronts random, merely accidental facts. We perceive a face on Mars or see Jesus in a burnt tortilla. We believe basketball players get a "hot hand" even though streaks of success are...

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2002

Citizens Resist War on the Bill of Rights


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 22 issue 4
By Nat Hentoff
OP-ED Citizens Resist War on the Bill of Rights Nat Hentoff In announcing revised intelligence-gathering guidelines for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Attorney General John Ashcroft assured the nation: "I don't have the power to erode the Constitution. I wouldn't do it if I could." Yet, in reacting to...

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