All our Easter Days

JAMES M ALEXANDER’s reflections on a ‘tarted up’ Christian Easter was  first published in the March, 1975, edition of the Freethinker.  … to misquote Shakespeare, for all humanity celebrates this annual rebirth of nature. Down the avenues of time, from the childhood of the race, has come similar rites of fertility and fecundity, worship of […]

Secularism, Politics and Race

Dan Bye responds to ‘Some Uncomfortable Truths‘ by Diesel Balaam. In the December 2007 Freethinker, Diesel Balaam argued for a sort of “middle path” of “non-racism” between what he saw as the twin irrational ideologies of racism (on the Right) and “anti-racism” (on the Left). “Anti-racism” is poorly defined by Balaam, but it would appear […]

The Bible, the Freethinker and World War I

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1. The following is a lightly edited extract from former Freethinker editor Jim Herrick’s book Vision and Realism (pp.48-54), a history of the first 100 years of the publication. As war approached, the Freethinker was critical of militarism and mocked the idea that Christianity […]

‘I thought I was an atheist’

DAN BYE  reflects on A N Wilson’s predictable return to the Church – Freethinker, June 2009.   FREETHINKERS should be used to people changing their minds; it happens a lot. Most of us are former religionists, and a few of us will inevitably return to religion. The traffic has always been two-way, and always will […]

‘The Twilight of Atheism’

DAN J BYE, Chair of G W Foote & Co,  dissects The Twilight of Atheism: the Rise and Fall of Atheism in the Modern World  written by the biochemistry-trained theologian ALISTER McGRATH as a counterblast to The God Delusion by RICHARD DAWKINS.  (This item was originally published in the June 2007 edition, under the title ‘McGrath […]

The future of the Freethinker

An important announcement THE Board of GW Foote and Co, publishers of the Freethinker, are proud and excited to announce plans to secure the future of the magazine by re-launching as an Internet-only publication. The Freethinker has been published – either weekly or monthly – without a break since our first issue in 1881. But […]