Center for Inquiry — Amherst, NY
Tom Flynn is Executive Director of The Council for Secular Humanism, Editor of Free Inquiry magazine, Director of Inquiry Media Productions, and Director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum.
A journalist, novelist, entertainer, and freethought historian, Flynn is the author of numerous articles and editorials for Free Inquiry magazine. in addition to The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief, his books include two anti-religious black comedy science fiction novels, Nothing Sacred (2004), its prequel Galactic Rapture (2000), and The Trouble With Christmas (1993), a secularist critique of the holiday. His novel Galactic Rapture was reissued in three volumes by See Sharp Press under the series title The Messiah Game. He has made hundreds of radio and TV appearances in his role as the curmudgeonly "anti-Claus." He designed the museum at the birthplace of 19th century agnostic orator Robert Green Ingersoll and co-conceived a related regional history project, the Freethought Trail.
Flynn's credits as a media producer include American Freethought, a four-part video miniseries about the history of the freethought movement; HDTV documentaries about Robert Ingersoll and freethought publisher D. M. Bennett; the Council for Secular Humanism's cable access TV program The Humanist Perspective, which ran for more than 300 episodes; a 13-part public affairs radio series distributed via the National Public Radio satellite system; and Beyond Belief, a classic public-education video about skepticism.
To book Tom as a speaker, contact the CFI Outreach Department via email.
Watch part one of Tom's talk about the New Encyclopedia of Unbelief, a book which he edited; it was published by Prometheus Books in 2007:
- Controversies Over Christmas
- Critical Thinking
- Humanistic and Naturalistic Ethics
- Psychology of Belief
- Religious Extremist Movements
- Religious Liberty and the Civil Rights of the Non-Religious
- Secular Humanism
- Separation of Church and State
- The Center for Inquiry
- The Existence of God
- The Humanist and Skeptic movements