The Humanist

The Humanist is a magazine focusing on critical inquiry and social concern from a humanist perspective. Published by the American Humanist Association, The Humanist covers everything from science and religion to politics and popular culture.

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 3, May-June

A Humane Society at Large
North American upper and middle classes are a rich elite in the current world economy, and many people of this social standing feel an obligation to share their good fortune by donating time or money to humanitarian organizations. Some of these organizations,...
Blaming the Barbarians
Occupying a perch on the best-seller list for the better part of two years was Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization, a book that still enjoys brisk sales. Cahill argues that Irish monastic scholars rescued classical and folk literature...
Cold Reception
The late January night has produced A sheets of wind-driven rain that have knocked out the power several times. It takes several attempts to get out of the warm comfort of my bed to leave through the still dark streets just after six o'clock in the...
Don't Blame Mom for Crime
Some social scientists, such as Daniel P. Moynihan and James Q. Wilson, have argued that the black single-female-headed family is deficient in providing the discipline and habits necessary for personality development in African American youth. They...
For the Sister Fund
The concept of religious persecution has recently become a hot topic in U.S. human rights policy discussions. A lobby effort, spearheaded primarily by conservative Christians concerned about the persecution of Christians in countries like China and...
Humanism and Evolutionary Humility
As Homo sapiens, are we superior to other life forms? we more deserving to live than they are? Can we justify their exploitation in order to improve our own lives? Many detractors of humanism have long asserted that, after negating God, we humanists...
In a Perfect World
A Sandbox Reverie: The small child wriggles into the spot she has meticulously scooped out of the sand and nestles into her favorite daydream. Hypnotized by the fine grains flowing through her fingers, over and over, she transports herself into her...
Lessons from Cuba
Eight years after the disappearance of its Soviet backers, Cuba confounds the world with its continued survival. In some quarters, surprise has given way to admiration. The island's unsought and unplanned culture of austerity is even being touted...
Looking for God in All the Wrong Places
Have you found him yet?" The question usually comes from an academic colleague, and it's typically accompanied by a waggish smile. "Not yet!" I respond, "Still searching!" The still-missing him of the question and response is God. The question...
Mischief in Congress, California
Conservatives in Congress sought to open a Pandora's box on March 4, 1998, when the House Judiciary Committee voted sixteen to eleven to approve Representative Ernest Istook's (Republican--Oklahoma) so-called Religious Freedom Amendment. All committee...
National Testing or National Programming?
Bill Clinton entered his second term as president proclaiming education as his "number one priority" As such, he's called for national achievement standards for students to be measured by tests developed by the federal government. However, if his...
Notes from the Underground: Beyond Sundance
Ah, Sun! Searing, glorious, light my brain ... Dance! Lunge, leap, pour vision into my veins: Sundance! The very name conjures glory. Vital perfect moments ... oh, well, joke's on me. Ho. Ho. Ho. Consider me naive, wrapped up in my own little world,...
One Nation under God
A massive political campaign is underway in an effort to achieve religious and political control of crucial American policies and institutions, an effort which the popular press and television have virtually ignored. It was inspired by the Vatican...
Science, Religion, and Public School Education
Creationists and other fundamentalist Christians continue their attempts to introduce their ideas into American school classrooms. Their efforts become monotonous, wearisome, and absurd, but they must not be ignored. Too often in the debates about...
The Run of Whose Life?
Randall Terry, a fundamentalist Protestant and the leader of Operation Rescue, one of the anti-abortion movement's most violent organizations, is running for Congress against incumbent Maurice Hinchey, a Democrat in New York's twenty-sixth district....