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Letters, Vol. 37 Issue 6


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Re: “Religion Is an Empirical Question—Finally,” by Robyn E. Blumner (FI, August/September 2017). Religion has been studied in the social sciences for over a century. The problem that we face, however, is not religion as such as an aspect of world culture but rather the ontological content of religious doctrine.

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2017

Two Fiftieth Anniversaries Swallowed by History


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By Edd Doerr
This year is the fiftieth anniversary of two important occurrences now largely out of the public eye: New York State’s last Constitutional Convention and subsequent referendum and the outbreak of Nigeria’s civil war.

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What God Didn’t and Kant Couldn’t: Richard Rorty and the World after Philosophy


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By Dale DeBakcsy
From Plato to Kant to Russell, philosophy has been in the business of describing the mind in a way unavailable to the lesser disciplines.

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2017

Private Irony and Liberal Hope


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By Richard Rorty
The social glue holding together the ideal liberal society . . . consists in little more than a consensus that the point of social organization is to let everybody have a chance at self-creation to the best of his or her abilities, and that that goal requires, besides peace and wealth, the standard “bourgeois freedoms.”

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2017

The Mythical Jesus Argument: What’s the Key Issue?


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By Bill Cooke
Yes, the evidence for the theological Christ is weak. But it simply doesn’t follow that there is no historical person behind it. Were that the case, virtually no person in the ancient world would have existed.

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2017

Religious Freedom or Discrimination?


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By Wayne L. Trotta
The culture wars have left us with a country that is polarized to the point of paralysis and a national political discourse that becomes more divisive, childish, and vulgar with each passing election year.

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2017

No One Here Gets Out Alive


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By Brooke Horvath
“Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick,” wrote Susan Sontag in Illness as Metaphor.

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2017

A Notable Freethinker and Humanist Writes a Memoir


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By Lamar W. Hankins
No one in the last forty years has thought or written more for the general public about a person’s right to choose when it is time to die than Derek Humphry.

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2017

Faith


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By Ted Richer
Oh God.
...
Oh God is.
...
Oh God is great.

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Sep
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2017

No Picture


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By Ted Richer
I have no picture of you—

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