Faith and Its Defenders

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
July 18, 2011

Critics of the New Atheism are mostly hypocrites, by relying on enlightenment reason and humanist ethics for their defenses of religious faith.

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What Does It Mean To Say Muhammad Existed?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
July 14, 2011

Agamemnon. Robin Hood. Jesus. Muhammad. Many stories are told about individuals with these names. Did any of these individuals actually exist?  To answer that question, we must first address some logically prior ones:  What does it mean to assert that an individual existed?  Are there certain key statements about a person which must be true before we can conclude the claim of existence has been confirmed?

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“Psychics” in the Casey Anthony Murder Case

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 11, 2011

In the travesty of justice that was the Casey Anthony Murder trial in Orlando, two things may have escaped the reader's notice. The first is that the O.J. Simpson jury must have moved with O.J. to Florida and made themselves available to serve at the Anthony trial. The second concerns the involvement of "psychics." Did, in fact, a "psychic" divine the location of the remains of little Caylee Anthony, who was long sought after she went missing from her Orlando, Florida, home in the summer of 2008?

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God and Evolution Don’t Mix

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
July 10, 2011

What would a God who uses Evolution really be like?

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The First Grader (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 08, 2011

An inspiring narrative of humanity—of strength, values, and triumph—The First Grader should attract humanists in droves, perhaps especially secular humanists (i.e., atheists with hearts), since its messages are entirely secular. The story is all the more relevant for being "Based on a true story."

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Against religious freedom: a debate

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
July 08, 2011

Austin Dacey and Colin Koproske argue over religious freedom with William Galston in the latest issue of Dissent Magazine.

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Gay-Marriage Victory

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 05, 2011

I am proud that my state government has at last, on June 25, 2011, passed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, and that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo—who personally lobbied for its passage, as I voted for him to do—promptly signed it into law.

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UFOs Videotaped Over London?

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
July 04, 2011

I recently provided an analysis of a UFO video that was allegedly shot in London, England. The piece appeared on CBS News, Fox News, Yahoo News, The Free Republic, and elsewhere. Reactions to my UFO video analysis were interesting: Many people thought I was obviously wrong; some thought I was obviously right, and a small handful gave compliments. Such is the life of a professional science-based investigator. 

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Ethics Is For Everyone

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
July 03, 2011

Humanism is no optional seasoning added to spice up life -- ethical wisdom is for everyone.

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Prominent climate skeptic funded by oil, coal companies

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
June 30, 2011

One of the most prominent scientists to reject the scientific community's consensus on climate change has admitted to being paid more than $1 million over the past decade by U.S. oil and coal companies.

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