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John Shook is Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry–Transnational in Amherst, N.Y., and Research Associate in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, since 2006. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books, is a co-editor of three philosophy journals, and travels for lectures and debates across the United States and around the world.

Mosques and minarets, churches and steeples

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 1, 2009
Mosques and minarets, churches and steeples
A shadow of fear has descended across the Continent, but the shadow is not from a minaret.

Goodness with or without God? Epstein’s surrender plan to religious faith.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 23, 2009
Does the future of humanism rest on a "don't ask, don't tell" policy about faith?

Transhumanism and the New Ethics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 17, 2009
Transhumanism and the New Ethics
Bioengineering and nanotech will change ethics because it will change what it means to be human.

We’re gonna party like it’s 2011

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 10, 2009
We’re gonna party like it’s 2011
The world didn't end in 2000? No matter. There's still time to party.

Court decisions against crucifixes in Italy’s public schools

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 3, 2009
Court decisions against crucifixes in Italy’s public schools
Two court decisions have ruled that crucifixes in Italy's public schools violate human rights.

Science and Religion: The Greatest Show on Earth?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 27, 2009
Science and Religion: The Greatest Show on Earth?
Where exactly does Richard Dawkins stand on advocating evolution to religious people

Who is John Dewey?  Meet America’s greatest philosopher.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 20, 2009
Who is John Dewey?  Meet America’s greatest philosopher.
Tuesday, October 20 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of John Dewey.

Would the Whole Earth Catalog offer a Nuclear Power Plant?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 12, 2009
Founding environmentalist now favors nuclear power to save the planet.

Monkey See, Monkey Feel, Monkey Good?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 6, 2009
Monkey See, Monkey Feel, Monkey Good?
Our primate cousins are often very kind to each other. Is this evidence of compassion and even morality in the wild?

Why can’t Humanism supply the Ethics of Environmentalism?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 29, 2009
Why can’t Humanism supply the Ethics of Environmentalism?
If humans are the problem, maybe humanism can't be the solution?

Does the Universe Revolve around You?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 21, 2009
Does the Universe Revolve around You?
Is life essential to the Universe? Stem-cell pioneer Robert Lanza makes biology the fundamental science.

Are There Any Religious Humanists Anymore?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 16, 2009
If there really aren't any religious humanists, then there's no point in talking about "secular" humanism.

Atheism Explained

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 3, 2009
Tired of opposed definitions of atheism? A diagnosis of what's going on, and how to explain atheism.

A Plea for Skepticism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 28, 2009
This fashionable nonsense about keeping an "open mind" must stop. An open mind knows when to stop believing.

Former President Jimmy Carter denounces the Southern Baptists again

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 20, 2009
Jimmy Carter explains why no religion can justify any inequality of women, with special condemnation for Christianity and Islam

Free Speech Watch: Gagging in Ireland but blaspheming in Canada

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 10, 2009
Ireland passes a bill criminalizing blasphemy. On the very same day, Canada affirms free speech.

Not Islam v. Christianity, but Islam v. Humanism in Britain

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 5, 2009
Bishop announces the Church of England is dying. The opposition to sharia law now rests with humanistic principles of democracy.

The Secular and Secularism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 2, 2009
Philosopher Charles Taylor describes the meanings of the term "secular" and then discusses the future of the Secular.

Senior progressive theologian urges UCC churches to save the Planet

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 25, 2009
John Cobb, Jr. is among the most liberal and progressive theologians alive -- can United Church of Christ respond?

Only child porn lovers want to fight internet censorship?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 22, 2009
It starts with child pornography. Who could protest against protecting children?

Science and religion are incompatible in two major ways

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 15, 2009
Of course science and faith conflict. Asking science to betray its method or conclusions simply disables science.

Barbarian Muslim women in strange clothing? I don’t think so, but…

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 13, 2009
Barbarian Muslim women in strange clothing? I don’t think so, but…
A faithful commentator on my blogs about the Muslim veil deserves a reply. Who is barbaric?

Another look at Secularism and Muslim non-conformity

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 10, 2009
Another look at Secularism and Muslim non-conformity
Secularism is designed to prevent religious tyranny. But in our zeal, let's not forget democratic tyranny either.

President Obama tells Europe to relax over the Muslim burqa

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 4, 2009
President Obama tells Europe to relax over the Muslim burqa
Presdent Obama disagrees with France's denial of citizenship to covered Muslim women. Can secularism go too far?

Humanism’s Destiny lies with Naturalism, not Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 29, 2009
Religions have no claims on humanism's ethics, since religion erodes value and responsibility in this life.

It’s no mystery how Nonbelievers stay moral without God

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 24, 2009
To hear the religious, you'd suppose that atheists have no reason to be moral. But there's really no mystery here.

Free Speech Watch: Gagging in Britain

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 17, 2009
Europe is betraying the Enlightenment, trading intellectual liberty for a false peace.

Debating Gods: Christianity vs. Islam on the Divinity of Jesus

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 1, 2009
The Bible really doesn't claim that Jesus is divine, and relevant passages affirm only Jesus's humanity.

Debating Gods: Christianity vs. Islam on the One True God

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 24, 2009
Let's look closer at an academic debate over the One True God between a Christian and a Muslim. The Truth, anyone?

Are Atheists Just Immoral Fools?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 18, 2009
If it is not for lack of intelligence, then atheists get accused of lack of morals. How can atheists reply?

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