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Skeptical Inquirer — Science and Religion

Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion? A Skeptic’s Guide to the Debate

Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion? A Skeptic’s Guide to the Debate

by Scott O. Lilienfeld and Rachel Ammirati
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion

The widespread assertion that the world would be better off without religion is a reasonable hypothesis. Yet data suggest that skeptics should attach no more than a modest level of probability to it.

Faith Healing: Religious Freedom vs. Child Protection

Faith Healing: Religious Freedom vs. Child Protection

by Harriet Hall
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion

The medical ethics principle of autonomy justifies letting competent adults reject lifesaving medical care for themselves because of their religious beliefs, but it does not extend to rejecting medical care for children.

Modern Witch Hunting and Superstitious Murder in India

Modern Witch Hunting and Superstitious Murder in India

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion

The modern practice of witch hunting in India includes violence and beliefs that have led to the torture and murder of alleged witches. State governments and rationalist groups are trying to address the problem but face big obstacles.

Scientific Methodology and Its Religious Parallels

Scientific Methodology and Its Religious Parallels

by Charles M. Wynn Sr.
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion

If religious believers had a better understanding of scientific methodology and nonbelievers had a better understanding of its parallels with religion, they could have more meaningful discussions with each other.

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The Secular Are Skeptics: The Worldviews of Today’s University Students

by Barry A. Kosmin
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion

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Raelism: Christianity for the Space Age

by Mark Rubinstein
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion