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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.

How does Science defeat Religion?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 1, 2010
How does Science defeat Religion?
Take care when demanding that belief follow the evidence.

Carl Sagan on the Invention of the Gods

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 23, 2010
Carl Sagan on the Invention of the Gods
"The gods are the dreams of men."

Atheist Charities

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 16, 2010
If you want to help out atheist charities, there are many to choose from.

The Case of Science vs. God

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 9, 2010
The Case of Science vs. God
How far does atheism get by supposing that it is science's job to demolish God-belief?

Morality Without Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 3, 2010
Scientist Frans de Waal insists that humans must keep religion, though his own research shows otherwise.

Accommodate, or Confront: Atheists ponder their Options

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 26, 2010
Accommodate, or Confront: Atheists ponder their Options
Atheism is at a crossroads: how will it use its influence? Science needs the most effective help.

Science vs. Religion - What’s a Scientist To Do?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 19, 2010
On the question of who should be confronting Creationists in the Public Square

Are People saying “I’m Spiritual” to just appear Attractive?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 13, 2010
Are People saying “I’m Spiritual” to just appear Attractive?
Studies confirm how spirituality has a self-enhancement job of projecting inner confidence.

A Creator God cannot be a Reasonable Explanation

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 5, 2010
A Creator God cannot be a Reasonable Explanation
The universe’s explanation is going to be naturalistic, not supernaturalistic.

Of Reputations and Harsh Words

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 29, 2010
By pointing at a small sub-set of people and trying to defend the rest, a harsh label has gotten out of hand.

Atheist Pride in Understanding Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 28, 2010
Atheist Pride in Understanding Religion
Why suppose that there's no reasoning with religious believers, when atheists can know so much about religion?

God Fails a Simple Rationality Test

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 21, 2010
If a God wants us to believe, that God demands irrationality.

Attacking Fundamentalism is not the only Atheist Agenda

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 14, 2010
Why limit atheist criticism to just the fundamentalists?

The Science of Morality

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 7, 2010
Science can help with morality, if ethics is willing to be scientific.

Are Brains Destined for Religion?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 25, 2010
Are Brains Destined for Religion?
Scientists are so impressed by natural explanations for religion that they make religion sound unavoidable.

When God Calls, Don’t Answer

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 18, 2010
When God Calls, Don’t Answer
Revelation might be tempting, but it is wiser to keep one's sanity.

Why Should I be Moral?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 10, 2010
Have you had some self-righteous religious believer throw this challenge at you?

Christopher Hitchens, accidental Atheist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 4, 2010
The new memoir by Hitchens is hardly about atheism, but instead about its principled foundations.

Can Science eliminate Religious Faith?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 27, 2010
When science "explains" a feature of religion, does that successfully make religion irrational?

The Secular and the Sacred

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 20, 2010
The secular and the sacred stretch out towards a shared direction.

Could an Atheist convert to Christianity? Part 2.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 13, 2010
Could Christians expect that atheists would convert any more easily than people already of other faiths?

Understanding the Public is Easier than Understanding Science

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 6, 2010
If you want to be popular, tell the people what they already believe.

Could an Atheist convert to Christianity?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 30, 2010
Christians plead for conversions from atheists. But do Christians really think such conversions are possible?

Secularism and Humanist Morality

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 21, 2010
If secular humanism has answers about morality, the precise aim must first be clear.

Religion creates Blasphemy, not Atheism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 15, 2010
Atheism wastes everyone's time by worrying over how much blasphemy to commit.

Is Atheism as impotent as Stephen Prothero thinks?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 8, 2010
Atheism deserves some credit for reducing religious divisions.

An Atheist’s Guide to What You Need to Know about Theology

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 4, 2010
Theologians hate being ignored. Since their own flocks haven't a clue what they are talking about, they pester atheists.

What is Secularism? by Robert Green Ingersoll

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 1, 2010
Robert Green Ingersoll was one of America's greatest freethinkers.

Religious Certainty is a Dangerous Weapon

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 25, 2010
Psychological pathologies like certainty must not be defended or encouraged.

The Need for Naturalism in a Scientific Age

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 18, 2010
Is any philosophy really needed anymore, in this age of science?

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