John Shook is Vice President 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.
October 6, 2009
Our primate cousins are often very kind to each other. Is this evidence of compassion and even morality in the wild?
September 29, 2009
If humans are the problem, maybe humanism can't be the solution?
September 21, 2009
Is life essential to the Universe? Stem-cell pioneer Robert Lanza makes biology the fundamental science.
September 16, 2009
If there really aren't any religious humanists, then there's no point in talking about "secular" humanism.
August 3, 2009
Tired of opposed definitions of atheism? A diagnosis of what's going on, and how to explain atheism.
July 28, 2009
This fashionable nonsense about keeping an "open mind" must stop. An open mind knows when to stop believing.
July 20, 2009
Jimmy Carter explains why no religion can justify any inequality of women, with special condemnation for Christianity and Islam
July 10, 2009
Ireland passes a bill criminalizing blasphemy. On the very same day, Canada affirms free speech.
July 5, 2009
Bishop announces the Church of England is dying. The opposition to sharia law now rests with humanistic principles of democracy.
July 2, 2009
Philosopher Charles Taylor describes the meanings of the term "secular" and then discusses the future of the Secular.
June 25, 2009
John Cobb, Jr. is among the most liberal and progressive theologians alive -- can United Church of Christ respond?
June 22, 2009
It starts with child pornography. Who could protest against protecting children?
June 15, 2009
Of course science and faith conflict. Asking science to betray its method or conclusions simply disables science.
June 13, 2009
A faithful commentator on my blogs about the Muslim veil deserves a reply. Who is barbaric?
June 10, 2009
Secularism is designed to prevent religious tyranny. But in our zeal, let's not forget democratic tyranny either.
June 4, 2009
Presdent Obama disagrees with France's denial of citizenship to covered Muslim women. Can secularism go too far?
May 29, 2009
Religions have no claims on humanism's ethics, since religion erodes value and responsibility in this life.
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.
May 17, 2009
Europe is betraying the Enlightenment, trading intellectual liberty for a false peace.
May 1, 2009
The Bible really doesn't claim that Jesus is divine, and relevant passages affirm only Jesus's humanity.
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?
April 18, 2009
If it is not for lack of intelligence, then atheists get accused of lack of morals. How can atheists reply?
April 9, 2009
The philosophy of humanism is only strengthened by evolutionary studies of morality.
April 4, 2009
My right to criticise your religion outweighs your desire to not be offended.
March 30, 2009
Aesthetic appreciation is important for life. Does the humanist life essentially involve artistic expression?
March 20, 2009
Maybe atheism should not take on a burden of proof that rightly belongs to the religious believer.
March 9, 2009
The just-released 2008 American Religious Identification Survey shows that nonbelievers make up 15% of the American population.
March 2, 2009
Obama will reverse a Bush regulation letting health care workers avoid duties that they find religiously objectionable.
February 23, 2009
Catholic theologian John F. Haught has some confused responses to the New Atheism that are nevertheless worth pondering.
February 16, 2009
Humanists agree that we have ethical obligations to everyone, but how can we tell what has moral value?
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