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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.

Faith and Its Defenders

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 18, 2011
Faith and Its Defenders

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

God and Evolution Don’t Mix

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 10, 2011
God and Evolution Don’t Mix

What would a God who uses Evolution really be like?

Ethics Is For Everyone

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 3, 2011

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

Healthy Humanism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 28, 2011
Healthy Humanism

The all-natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable lifestance for everyone.

Faitheists are Nothing New

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 18, 2011

Not even the label of Faitheist is all that new.

Religious Fundamentalism means Authoritarianism and Prejudice

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 11, 2011

Yet another large study shows how rigidly religious people more likely to be people who are prejudiced, authoritarian, and militaristic. 

Religious People really are more Dogmatic and Conservative

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 1, 2011
Religious People really are more Dogmatic and Conservative
There are many advantages to having a flexible mind.

Not even God could make Me Religious

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 20, 2011
Not even God could make Me Religious
Are these truly End Times? I don't really care.

The World is Not Enough?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 12, 2011
The World is Not Enough?
Why isn't the world enough for some people?

Obama’s Secularism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 4, 2011
A profound defense of separation of church and state.

God is the Greatest Abortionist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 27, 2011
God is the Greatest Abortionist
Christians chant "Choose Life," but God hates babies.

The Bible Does Not Exist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 20, 2011
The Bible Does Not Exist
Let's get skeptical about whether "The Bible" is even real.

The Disappearing God

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 13, 2011
The Disappearing God
There is no God. And the signs are all around us.

Let’s be Clear about Spiritualism’s Fog

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 6, 2011
Let’s be Clear about Spiritualism’s Fog
Deepak Chopra's name gets thrown around a lot. But you gotta see how truly dangerous he is.

How to be an Accommodationist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 30, 2011
Of course we have to help accommodate religious believers to the naturalistic worldview.

Which Kinds of Secularism does Atheism Endorse?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 22, 2011
Which Kinds of Secularism does Atheism Endorse?
Not all secularisms are alike. Atheists should be clear about their secular hopes.

Christians Love Hell More Than Heaven

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 9, 2011
Christians Love Hell More Than Heaven
Let's look again at the Christian way to "objectively" find morality.

Religion is Not Really About Hope

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 3, 2011
Religion is Not Really About Hope
When believers say that God’s heaven is so loving and consoling, don’t believe them.

The Religion Delusion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 23, 2011
Is belief in God entirely delusional, or just a piece of foolishness?

The Dostoevsky Dilemma for Religious Ethics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 15, 2011
The Dostoevsky Dilemma for Religious Ethics
The Euthyphro Dilemma traps religious ethics. The Dostoevsky Dilemma then goes for the kill.

The Totalitarian Ambition of the Religious Mind

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 9, 2011
There's a big difference between a religious mind and a scientific mind. But it may not be what you've supposed.

Dictators are All that Stand between Us and Anarchy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 2, 2011
Dictators are All that Stand between Us and Anarchy
... according to His fanatical followers.

Carl Sagan on Astrology

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 26, 2011
With astrology in the news recently, why not enjoy Carl Sagan's skeptical view?

How Not to Argue for Atheism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 20, 2011
How Not to Argue for Atheism
Even atheists commonly get started the wrong way.

Is Science or Naturalism an Ideology?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 12, 2011
The label of "ideology" gets thrown at the wrong targets.

Religion and the Madness of Crowds

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 5, 2011
Religion and the Madness of Crowds
Religion claims common sense for its side, but there is only madness in its method.

Ricky Gervais, Philosopher

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 29, 2010
Ricky Gervais, Philosopher
Another philosopher makes good.

Is there a place for Environmentalism in Humanism?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 21, 2010
Is there a place for Environmentalism in Humanism?
Do humanists only care about human values?

The Bible is No Place for Ethics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 15, 2010
The Bible is No Place for Ethics
The real question is, How could a person be good with God?

A New Claim that Religion leads to More Happiness

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 7, 2010
A New Claim that Religion leads to More Happiness
Beware of studies claiming to show why religious people are happier.

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