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Ronald A. Lindsay

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Ronald A. Lindsay is president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Both his admirers and his detractors agree that his abilities as a philosopher match his skills as a lawyer. Among other works, he is the author of Future Bioethics: Overcoming Taboos, Myths, and Dogmas (Prometheus 2008) and the entry on “Euthanasia” for the International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley Blackwell 2013). His next book, The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What To Do, will be published by Pitchstone Publishing, with a release date of November 2014.

Basketball, Sex, and Honor Codes

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 18, 2011
Comments on BYU's understanding of "honor"

You don’t need God—to hope, to care, to love, to live.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 1, 2011
You don’t need God—to hope, to care, to love, to live.
Millions of people have rewarding, fulfilling lives without religion

Of Guns and Fetuses

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 28, 2011
Of Guns and Fetuses
These perennial obsessions of the Religious Right are assuming prominence once again

Law Review

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 22, 2011
Law Review
A few remarks on Stephen Law's new book on humanism

The Republicans and Social Conservatives: Is This Marriage Still Strong?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 14, 2011
The Republicans and Social Conservatives: Is This Marriage Still Strong?
Whether the call for "limited government" will affect the agenda of social conservatives

To Walmart: Stop Lying to Your Customers

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 1, 2011
To Walmart: Stop Lying to Your Customers
Why Walmart should stop marketing homeopathic products as flu remedies

Christian Silliness

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 14, 2011
Christian Silliness
In Florida, a state senator wants "Merry Christmas" to be the official greeting for December 25

The Murders in Arizona and Pakistan

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 9, 2011
Reflections on political assassination and freedom of expression

The Persistence of Rubbish

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 30, 2010
The Persistence of Rubbish
A Wall Street Journal column provides a reminder of the durability of religious mythology

Should Atheists Ground Santa?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 22, 2010
Should Atheists Ground Santa?
Disputes among the nonreligious about the harm caused by the Santa fantasy

Unsought Christmas Combat

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 16, 2010
Unsought Christmas Combat
Christians don't need to appropriate the courthouse to celebrate Christmas

Two Travesties

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 10, 2010
Two Travesties
Justifying censorship in China and the United States

Cassocks and Condoms

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 24, 2010
Cassocks and Condoms
Observations on the work of theologians

The Triumph of Law

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 17, 2010
The Triumph of Law
Stephen Law debates Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga

Oklahoma Stumbles on Sharia

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 11, 2010
Oklahoma Stumbles on Sharia
A pointless constitutional amendment gets blocked by a federal court

The Election

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 1, 2010
The Election
In this mid-term, some candidates treat the Constitution as their Bible, and they interpret it just as mindlessly

At CFI, We Don’t Consider Debate a Strategic Blunder

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 20, 2010
At CFI, We Don’t Consider Debate a Strategic Blunder
Matt Nisbet objects to PZ Myers speaking at our conference

A Bittersweet Farewell

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 30, 2010
A Bittersweet Farewell
Ibn Warraq Has a New Position

Commemorate Blasphemy Rights Day—Have a Bake Sale or Read the Bible

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 26, 2010
Commemorate Blasphemy Rights Day—Have a Bake Sale or Read the Bible
International Blasphemy Rights Day is September 30

Is Religion A Good Thing?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 21, 2010
We'd like to hear from you on the question of whether religion is, on balance, beneficial for humanity.

The Pope’s Sales Pitch

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 19, 2010
The Pope’s Sales Pitch
Benedict denounces secularism as he tries to market the Church

The (Canceled) Burning of the Koran

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 9, 2010
Don't burn books; read them

If You Want an Enhancing Experience, Be in Philadelphia in December

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 3, 2010
A forthcoming conference on human enhancement technology

Adult Reasoning About Embryos

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 27, 2010
Adult Reasoning About Embryos
Religious dogma obstructs research ... again

Onward Christian Soldiers

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 20, 2010
Onward Christian Soldiers
The military requires spiritual exercises

That Mosque

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 16, 2010
That Mosque
The government should keep its distance from this controversy

Being Moral: A Humanist (and Humean) Perspective

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 12, 2010
Being Moral: A Humanist (and Humean) Perspective
The responsibility for choosing to act morally ultimately lies with us

Perry v. Schwarzenneger

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 4, 2010
A federal district court rules in favor of equal rights for gays and lesbians

Which of the Founders Was a Deist? Who Cares?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 4, 2010
Which of the Founders Was a Deist? Who Cares?
It's what the Founders did that was important, not what they thought about Jesus

Truly Offensive Speech

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 22, 2010
Truly Offensive Speech
Even idiots have a right to free expression

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