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Sep
13
2017

The Art of Blasphemy: Free Inquiry on Creative Expressions of Religious Doubt and Ridicule


Sensibilities will be offended, the divine will be ridiculed, and the sacred will be profaned, as Free Inquiry magazine shines a spotlight on the art of blasphemy — creative expressions of religious doubt, alienation, and even outright mockery. And violating what is perhaps the most sensitive and dangerous of religious taboos, emblazoned on the cover of this issue is one artist’s startling and satirical take on the likeness of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Jul
07
2017

Daniel Dennett Leads Symposium on Naturalism in Free Inquiry Magazine


In a special issue of Free Inquiry, world-renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett leads a remarkable group of secularist thinkers for a “symposium in print” on the importance of naturalism in philosophy and its centrality for the secular humanist worldview. Naturalism holds, very briefly, that the quest for meaning need not involve supernatural entities or that which is outside the purview of science.

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May
12
2017

Blasphemy Laws: Free Inquiry Magazine on a Crime in Search of Victims


Free Inquiry magazine presents a powerful and sobering feature on the so-called crime of blasphemy, just as people in parts of the Muslim world are being slaughtered by angry mobs for expressing religious dissent on social media, and even western democracies are leveling charges of blasphemy, with humorist Stephen Fry having been placed under investigation in Ireland this month over his allegedly offensive statements about God.

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Mar
15
2017

Ethics by Algorithm and Morality by Machines: ‘Free Inquiry’ Tackles Issues in Technology


Free Inquiry, the leading journal of secular humanism, takes on the crucial concerns about automation, already deeply entrenched in so much of the developed world and rapidly expanding into all areas of society. As our dependence on automated systems, robots, and artificial intelligence accelerates, a tightening tangle of ethical questions compels us to seriously consider what it means to give so much of ourselves over to the machines.

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Mar
01
2017

‘Atheist Muslim’ and ‘Secular Faith’ Among Winners of Council for Secular Humanism’s Forkosch Awards


'Atheist Muslim' and 'Secular Faith' Among Winners of Council for Secular Humanism's Forkosch Awards The Council for Secular Humanism has announced the recipients of the 2015/2016 Forkosch Awards, recognizing the books and magazines that have made the greatest contributions toward the advancement of secular humanism. The Council for Secular Humanism...

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Jan
24
2017

Rebecca Goldstein Reveals What Really Matters in Free Inquiry Magazine


Does secular humanism have the answer to the meaning of life? Not quite. But in the latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine, bestselling author and philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein reveals that a sense of mattering -- to ourselves and to others -- is what actually spurs us to live our lives, with no higher being required.

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Jan
24
2017

Rebecca Goldstein Reveals What Really Matters in Free Inquiry Magazine


Does secular humanism have the answer to the meaning of life? Not quite. But in the latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine, bestselling author and philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein reveals that a sense of mattering -- to ourselves and to others -- is what actually spurs us to live our lives, with no higher being required.

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Nov
28
2016

Moral Panic over Universal Porn: Free Inquiry on a Sixteen-Year Experiment


Pornography became essentially ubiquitous around the year 2000 at the dawn of the broadband Internet era, a fact that sparked a moral panic among those who simply knew that this deluge of sinful content would upend the social order and lead to huge increases in teen pregnancies, sexual assaults, broken families, and other ill effects. Sixteen years later, Free Inquiry magazine shows that these prophecies of profligacy were cynically exaggerated, and that the consequences of “universal porn” may have even been largely beneficial.

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Nov
15
2016

FREE INQUIRY Magazine to Offer Digital-Only Subscriptions


FREE INQUIRY, the bimonthly flagship magazine of the Council for Secular Humanism, is for the first time offering digital-only subscriptions.

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Sep
09
2016

Apocalypse . . . Eventually? 
Debating the Threat of Terrorism in Free Inquiry


Could terrorism end human civilization? Or is it a relative nuisance that’s being cynically exploited? Confronting the dangers posed by terrorism effectively requires a clear understanding of the scope of those dangers. In the latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine, two leading scholars and skeptics take opposing positions on whether we have more to fear than just fear itself.

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