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26
2017

The Post-Humanists Are at the Gates!


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Paul Bassett
If you think a lot has happened in the past few centuries, then, to echo Bachman Turner Overdrive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari echoes the increasingly popular refrain that humans are on the brink of becoming superhuman. Harari, an Israeli history professor and author of the best-seller Sapiens, uses his scholarly worldview to take an unflinching look at a range of possible futures, most of them dystopian.

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Jul
26
2017

Private Grief


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Joanne Joseph
This is your lone atheist crouching / In her foxhole / Not so many of us, it appears

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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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