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John Shook

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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.

The “End of Philosophy” and the Start of Humanism

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April 9, 2009
The philosophy of humanism is only strengthened by evolutionary studies of morality.

Freedom of Speech and the Right to Criticise Religion

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April 4, 2009
My right to criticise your religion outweighs your desire to not be offended.

The Humanist Life is the Aesthetic Life

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March 30, 2009
Aesthetic appreciation is important for life. Does the humanist life essentially involve artistic expression?

Could Atheism Prove that God does not Exist?

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March 20, 2009
Maybe atheism should not take on a burden of proof that rightly belongs to the religious believer.

American Nonbelievers are now Third behind Catholics and Baptists

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March 9, 2009
The just-released 2008 American Religious Identification Survey shows that nonbelievers make up 15% of the American population.

Obama ready to undo Bush medical conscience clause

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March 2, 2009
Obama will reverse a Bush regulation letting health care workers avoid duties that they find religiously objectionable.

A Theologian’s Confused Response to New Atheism

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February 23, 2009
Catholic theologian John F. Haught has some confused responses to the New Atheism that are nevertheless worth pondering.

How Does Humanism Find Moral Value

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February 16, 2009
Humanists agree that we have ethical obligations to everyone, but how can we tell what has moral value?

How would Humanism guide Environmentalism?

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February 6, 2009
A careful definition of humanism is needed from the start.

Should Secular Humanists be Environmentalists?

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January 20, 2009
Are there ethical principles of secularism to help decide whether to be environmentalists?

Humanism and the Faith that Unites

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January 2, 2009
Can humanism promote an active faith in ethical ideals, without falling into the religious divide of dogmatic faith?

One God or Many Universes?

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December 17, 2008
Should atheists use the "multiverse" hypothesis to offer an alternative to supernaturalism?

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Center for Inquiry Launches Naturalism Research Project

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

News & Comment

The Center for Inquiry/Transnational announces the Naturalism Research Project, a major new effort to develop the theoretical...

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