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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.

Being an Agnostic Isn’t so Simple Anymore

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 20, 2012

Are there really two kinds of agnostics amongst us?

The Unbelief Generation - Millennials are the Secular Future

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 26, 2012

A series of striking polls illustrate how the Millennials are very comfortable with unbelief.

You Might Be An Atheist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 11, 2012

It’s easier than ever to admit what you have been thinking all along.

Who is still going to Church?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 22, 2012
Who is still going to Church?

Church-goers are now a minority group in America.

Sam Harris’s New Plan for the War on Islam

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 2, 2012

Sam Harris wants to screen everyone who looks Muslim. The Center
for Inquiry and many other secular and civil rights organizations disagree.

I’m So Over God—but I’m No Atheist!

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 17, 2012
I’m So Over God—but I’m No Atheist!

Atheism is just an optional state of mind - or is it?

Don’t Bother Praying Before That Exam

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 7, 2012
Don’t Bother Praying Before That Exam

Praying for help with tests is even more useless than supposed.

Is there Nothing Wrong with Being Religious?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 17, 2012
Is there Nothing Wrong with Being Religious?

Every time an atheist praises religious things, an angel gets his wings.

Christians Protesting at the Reason Rally

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 4, 2012
Christians Protesting at the Reason Rally

On March 24th in DC, the Reason Rally will have company from Faith rallyers.

Where are all the Atheists? The NONES, the NONS, and the SHUNS

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 25, 2012
Where are all the Atheists? The NONES, the NONS, and the SHUNS

Even the best polls make it difficult to know how many people have left religion behind.

Religion and Xenophobia

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 12, 2012

It’s not the fault of atheists. Religious people are more distrusting of anyone too different.

How Unnatural Is Religion?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 27, 2012

For a belief system about the unnatural, religion is trying to keep it pretty natural.

The Tebow Effect

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 12, 2012
The Tebow Effect

What effect is Tim Tebow having on the rest of us?

A New Year’s Resolution: Admit You are an Atheist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 31, 2011

For so many people, it’s really about time.

Naturalism vs. Supernaturalism: Framing the Debate

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 14, 2011
Naturalism vs. Supernaturalism: Framing the Debate

Setting the initial framework of a debate is often the key to victory.

Who Trusts Gallup Polls about Religion?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 2, 2011

Not the nontheist segment of the population, gone undercounted for decades.

Proving God’s Existence is Impossible

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 16, 2011
Proving God’s Existence is Impossible

Atheists and agnostics should stop saying “Well, there could be a proof that God exists, if….”

Secularism and Religion - Where’s the Fight?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 10, 2011

Let’s not permit militant religionists to distort or destroy the precious heritage of secularism.

 

Secular Humanism Greets the Seven Billionth Person

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 1, 2011
Secular Humanism Greets the Seven Billionth Person

Welcome, seven-billionth baby! What can secular humanism do for you?

Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz on Secularism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 21, 2011
Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz on Secularism

Law Professor Alan Dershowitz gives a talk on “Secular Society and its
Enemies.”

Robert Bellah on Religion and Secularism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 11, 2011

Robert Bellah discusses the origins of religion and ways of understanding the religious-secular conflict today.

What is Secularism? Secularism is for everyone.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 4, 2011
What is Secularism? Secularism is for everyone.

A handy guide to why we fight for secularism, for all the people.

The Humanist Case against Capital Punishment

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 24, 2011
The Humanist Case against Capital Punishment

Humanism stands for a social ethics of equality, individual human rights, justice for everyone, and government that defend their citizens. Therefore, humanism cannot support the death penalty.

 

Varieties of Domesticated Religions and Smart Secular Strategies

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 12, 2011
Varieties of Domesticated Religions and Smart Secular Strategies

Is there any such thing as “The Secular Strategy”? It’s doubtful that there’s one single tactic for advancing secularism, considering the realities of today’s religious pluralism.

 

Only Domesticated Religion Can Work With Democracy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 5, 2011

Religion in the wild is poisonous to democracy. Domesticated varieties claim they invented democracy. Only naturalism can really make democracy work.

 

God, No! It’s Penn Jillette’s New Book!

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 26, 2011
God, No! It’s Penn Jillette’s New Book!

God, yes! This is the kind of storytelling that atheists have been waiting for.

Celebrating Science

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 18, 2011
Celebrating Science

Religion’s accusation that science strips humanity of all significance
couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Problems with the Problem of Evil: Natural Evils

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 9, 2011

Christians have many ways to deal with that “problem of evil.” Blaming natural evils on Adam and Eve’s “Fall” is convenient, but ultimately unable to solve the problem of evil.

A Victory for Secularism in North Carolina

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 1, 2011

Forsyth County in North Carolina has been ordered to stop official Christian prayers.

Can the Bible Make People more Liberal?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 25, 2011
Can the Bible Make People more Liberal?

Are atheists blaming the Bible for making conservative and
hateful Christians just factually wrong about the Bible?

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