challenging religious privilege in public life

Book Excerpts


With God on Their Side: How Evangelicals Entered American Politics

Separationism has become an all-but-forgotten aspect of the conservative Protestant religious experience.

The Vatican’s sabotage of efforts to address population growth

The Vatican is successfully blocking consideration of the reality that popu­lation growth is the most serious threat to the security of all nations.

Why Are “Moderates” so Reluctant to Criticize Religion?

The outright rejection of the idea of scriptural authority seems to be more straightforward and intellectually promising than any alternative.

The Genesis of Misogyny

What exactly is God’s problem with females? Or, more accurately, what problem do the creators of God have with women?


Is it impossible to say anything about the likelihood of the existence of a personal, eternal, omnipotent, and perfectly good being?

A Definition of Atheism: Atheism as A-theism

An atheist is someone who denies the existence of a god with certain characteristics. In other words: he denies the existence of “God”.

Holy Horrors: Killing Heretics

In 1208, Pope Innocent III declared a major crusade to destroy the Albigenses. Some 20,000 knights and peasants answered the call.

How the Vatican’s enormous power undermines family planning worldwide

The Church is completely candid about its opposition to birth control and professes that it will do everything possible to accomplish its purposes.

The Martyrdom of Bruno by the Christian Inquisition

The Vatican vehemently opposed any monument honouring Bruno. Pope Leo called the effort a “sacrilegious deed”.

How the Vatican influences population growth policy

The Vatican successfully blocks consideration of the reality that population growth is the most serious threat to the security of all nations.