Reviews

François Cavanna’s grim prediction

In a call to arms to atheists, François Cavanna, above, founder of Charlie Hebdo who died a year ago aged 90, once ordered non-believers not to be ‘too discreet, too timid, too resigned!’ More than 20 years ago he warned that, if atheists stood idly by, complacent in the face of increasing Islamic fundamentalism, other […]

Everyday Humanism

‘Of making many books there is no end’  – The Bible (Ecclesiastes 12 v 12). Although Everyday Humanism edited by Dale McGowan, above left, and Anthony B Pinn, hopes to provide a “soft landing” for those deserting their supernatural faith or belief, it joins many other recent texts with “humanism” in their title. But a […]

A Trojan Horse?

Peter Sutherland reviews Atheists: The Origin of the Species, a new history of atheism by the director of the religion and society think tank, Theos. When I bought this book I was (naïvely) expecting a history written from our perspective. However it turned out to be from the perspective of  an “intelligent” Christian. Nick Spencer […]

Ten Secular Non-Commandments

M Dolon Hickmon reviews Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the 21st Century by Lex Bayer and John Figdor. Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart (2014, Rowman & Littlefield) attempts to answer two questions: “What should one believe after abandoning faith?” and “What are the positive principles of atheism?” The authors’ solution to both […]

God and the Multiverse

Science writer Steuart Campbell reviews God and the Multiverse: Humanity’s Expanding View of the Cosmos by Victor J Stenger. Dr Stenger, who died at the end of August this year, was a retired elementary particle physicist, emeritus professor of physics at the University of Hawaii and adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado. […]

God and the Atom

John Dowdle reviews God and the Atom From Democritus to the Higgs Boson: The Story of a Triumphant Idea, by Victor J Stenger, who died in late August this year. The author was an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and an Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, which enabled him to bring a combined approach to […]

Review: Parenting Without God

Parenting Without God by Dan Arel preaches to the choir of atheist parents Parenting Without God (2014, Dangerous Little Books) is the highly anticipated first book by Dan Arel, a secular firebrand best known for his science reporting and op-ed pieces on secular parenting, humanist values, and church/state separation. In addition to writing freelance for […]

Blood, Bibles and Videotapes

Exposing an ancient system of psychological coercion My parents were converted to the Baptist brand of fire-and-brimstone Christianity in the late 1970s. Consequently, my own religious indoctrination took place roughly in time with the rise and peak of the 1980s slasher-film frenzy. Having been younger than age ten during that time, I was sensibly prevented […]

A Chronicle of the Faithless

Marco Vega, Director of the British Institute of Posthuman Studies, reviews S T Joshi’s The Unbelievers: The Evolution of Modern Atheism, an historical account of 14 outspoken infidels and their courageous battle against ignorance. Imagine you are having a friendly conversation with a religious acquaintance in which you are trying to explain why one of her favourite […]

Today’s UK: A mess of multiculturalism

DIESEL BALAAM reviews Bonfires On The Ice – The Multicultural Harrying of Britain by Jon Gower Davies – from the  September, 2007, Freethinker   JON Gower Davies is a former Labour councillor, academic and communicant Anglican. He has also written a timely, scholarly and devastating critique of multiculturalism in Britain. Published by the Social Affairs […]