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Atheism & Humanism

03/04/99 - Is Atheism a Religion?
Many people operate under the mistaken idea that atheism is itself a religion, but they are very wrong.

02/24/99 - Searching for Meaning
Is there meaning in life? Do we need gods to find meaning? A review of Gregg Easterbrook's book Beside Still Waters: Searching for Meaning in an Age of Doubt

01/14/99
- Atheism & Reason
What is a 'habit of reasonableness,' and how does it relate to atheism? What should a morally and intellectually significant atheism look like?

12/31/98
- What is Atheism?
What exactly is the concept of "atheism" all about? What is atheism, and what is it not? Many people appear to be confused on the issue, so it would be a good idea to take the time to explore it...

12/17/98 - Atheism & Christmas
What is an atheist supposed to do during religious holidays like Christmas? How might we react to the religious rituals performed by friends and family?

10/07/98
- Atheism & Theism; Proof & Disproof
Do either atheism or theism bear any burden of proof? If so, how and why?

09/23/98 - Affirming Humanism
What is humanism all about? How does it relate to religion and science?

07/15/98 - Living the Good Life
Report about a recent conference & seminar at the Council for Secular Humanism.

05/13/98 - Atheism and Skepticism
What is the essential connection between Atheism and Skepticism? Why present them together?

03/31/98 - On Atheism
What does atheism mean to me and why do I use that term to describe myself?

Book & Movie Reviews

03/21/99 - History & the Bible
Most people don't know nearly as much about either the bible or history as they usually assume. Review of two books: one on the bible and one on history.

02/24/99 - Searching for Meaning
Is there meaning in life? Do we need gods to find meaning? A review of Gregg Easterbrook's book Beside Still Waters: Searching for Meaning in an Age of Doubt

11/18/98
- Life, Grief & Theism
Reviews of two recent books by theists - one on a year of living in faith, the other on how to cope with tragedy and pain. How do theists approach theses issues, and do these approaches have anything to say to nonbelievers?

09/30/98 - Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan, the recent movie from Stephen Spielberg, contains a very strong humaist theme - one which we can all learn from.

09/16/98 - The Marriage of Sense and Soul (book review)
Can science and religion be integrated to the satisfaction of both? I'll examine Ken Wilbur's most recent book to see if he's managed to do just that.

09/02/98 - Doing the Right Thing (book review)
Why are so many people disconnected from morality today, and how do we reverse that? Can one be moral without a god or religion? Can you raise a child to be moral and mature without religion?

08/18/98 - Must Christianity Change or Die? (Book Review)
A review of Bishop John Shelby Spong's latest book on reforming the Christian faith.

08/05/98 - Slouching towards Gomorra (Book Review)
Robert Bork's attack on liberalism and irreligion examined.

07/22/98 - Preacher: Book Review
Preacher is a set of books about a quest for God - even though God is desperately trying not to be found.

Current Events (church/state separation)

11/11/98 - Hot Topics: School Vouchers
Should our government provide funding to private schools, religious or not? Will this aid education, or will it instead doom public education in this country? Read the principle arguemnts for and against...

08/26/98 - Secular or Religious?
Where does one end and the other begin? Can a religious display really be secular?

08/11/98 - The Rise of the Theo-Libertarian State
Could America soon have a libertarian stated based upon theological justifications?

07/08/98 - Without a Prayer
Prayer in public schools: a recent case from New York City shows what's wrong with state support of prayer.

06/10/98 - The Wicked Witch is Dead!
The Religious Freedom Amendment has been defeated and religious liberty validated.

05/20/98 - Religious Persecution?
What is the Freedom From Religious Persecution Act? What's wrong with it?

05/06/98 - Call to Renewal?
Liberal Christians join Conservative Christians in eyeing the public treasury.

04/27/98 - What's going on in Ohio?
There's an odd religious fervor gripping the Buckeye State...

04/15/98 - RFRA: Alive and Kicking
When a bad law starts becoming worse.

Current Events (homosexuality)

10/21/98 - Hatred, Violence, and Christianity
How is it that a religion allegedly of "love" has spawned so much hatred? Why is our supposedly "Christian Nation" being inflicted with religiously-based viol

09/09/98 - The AFA and Homosexuality
Why do groups like the American Family Association oppose homosexuality? What basis do they have for their opposition?

07/01/98 - The Politics of Sin (and vice-versa)
Gay-bashing is increasing in politics - why is that important to nonbelievers?

Current Events (other)

03/31/99 - Religious Wars in the Balkans
In what ways are the conflicts in the Balkans, like in Bosnia or Kosovo, ultimately reducible to religious hatred?

01/21/99 - Millennial Madness
When is the next millennium really supposed to start? Why do Christians make such a big deal about it anyway? Why are some people getting hysterical, and are there any sensible things you should think about doing?

2/09/98
- Jewish Extremism in Israel
There are a number of very radical, very extreme religious groups operating today in Israel. What do they believe? Where do they come from? And what effects are they having on the Middle East peace process and Israeli society?

10/21/98
- Hatred, Violence, and Christianity
How is it that a religion allegedly of "love" has spawned so much hatred? Why is our supposedly "Christian Nation" being inflicted with religiously-based violence?

06/24/98 - Reggie White
Reggie White has made quite a few "interesting" statements about religion, race, and sexuality...

06/17/98 - Southern Baptists in Convention
Last week the Southern Baptists met and made some interesting declarations.

06/03/98 - Atheism and Religion in the News
News reports from the last month involving religion and atheism, with personal commentary.

04/05/98 - Religious Communities & Violence
Will religion really help cure the violence in our schools?

Critiquing Religion

03/17/99 - Christian Identity
One of the most dangerous theologies in America, but few people know about it.

03/10/99 - Jesus' Ethics
Was Jesus really such a great moral teacher? What did he really advocate?

01/27/99 - Freud, Religion & Atheism
Freud had a many things to say about religion - some unsupportable, but other insights are really fantastic. Let's explore some of what he wrote...

02/17/99
- Jehovah's Witnesses & Creationism
Old Earth creationists, Jehovah's Witnesses publish a book attacking evolution and arguing for creationism. Read about this book - its errors and its dishonesty.

02/03/99 - Radical/Religious Right
Find out more about what they think on a variety of issues. Included are a number of direct quotes which will make your hair stand on end.

11/25/98
- Bible, Race & Slavery
Few contemporary Christians would interpret their Bible as condoning slavery, but in honor of the so-called "National Bible Week," let's take the time to investigate the matter. What does the Bible have to say on slavery, and how have the relevant passages been interpreted in the past?

10/28/98 - Christianity: a few Questions
Christianity has a history. That's seems like an obvious statement, but in practice many people forget it and treat "Christianity" like a monolithic belief system which has been static throughout time. Let's explore some of the issues which have divided Christians over the years.

07/29/98 - Argument from Design
A common argument for gods, examined and refuted.

05/27/98 - Betting on God
"Pascal's Wager" is often used by theists, but it fails as a rational argument for religious belief.

History

03/31/99 - Religious Wars in the Balkans
In what ways are the conflicts in the Balkans, like in Bosnia or Kosovo, ultimately reducible to religious hatred?

01/27/99 - Freud, Religion & Atheism
Freud had a many things to say about religion - some unsupportable, but other insights are really fantastic. Let's explore some of what he wrote...

01/07/99
- Papal Infallibilty?
Why and how is the pope supposed to be infallible? Learn about some of the odd dealings behind this Catholic dogma.

11/25/98
- Bible, Race & Slavery
Few contemporary Christians would interpret their Bible as condoning slavery, but in honor of the so-called "National Bible Week," let's take the time to investigate the matter. What does the Bible have to say on slavery, and how have the relevant passages been interpreted in the past?

11/04/98 - Profiles in Courage: Galileo
Christianity has a history. That's seems like an obvious statement, but in practice many people forget it and treat "Christianity" like a monolithic belief system which has been static throughout time. Let's explore some of the issues which have divided Christians over the years.

10/14/98 - Profiles in Courage: Copernicus
What did the Copernican revolution mean for humanity, and what sort of religious opposition did Copernicus have to overcome?

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