Free Inquiry

This magazine provides essays, editorials, poems, features and reviews on secularism and a life guided by reason, science, compassion for human beings and ideals of human freedom.

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 4, Fall

Frenchy's Con
Picking apart 'Pascal's wager' Subway Slim and Fast Eddie were trying to work the old horse race scare outta 'Frisco back in '46 when they first met him. Things weren't going good. The suckers weren't biting and Slim was getting mighty discouraged....
Getting a Humanist Education
The Center for Inquiry Institute launches a three-year academic program A program of intensive education in humanism, skepticism, and rationalism has been successfully launched by the Center for Inquiry Institute, a nonprofit educational institution...
Is Faith Good for You?
Examining whether unjustified beliefs are really the best medicine Shannon Nixon was a 16-year-old Pennsylvanian with highly treatable diabetes. Shannon, however, had parents who believed that faith alone could cure her. Shannon died in June 1996, and...
Mark Twain's 'Letters from the Earth.' (Excerpt)
America's best kept secret about Mark Twain (1835-1910) is that he was an agnostic with a strong contempt for religion. His critiques of supernaturalism and religious dogma are scathing, as this selection shows. In "Letters From the Earth," he asks us...
Why I Am a Secular Humanist
An Interview with Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka As long as there have been dictatorial military regimes in Nigeria, writer Wole Soyinka has spoken out against them. Championing democracy over the last 30 years earned him a two-decade prison sentence....