challenging religious privilege in public life

John G. Messerly


Yes, America Is Descending Into Totalitarianism

Recent trends reveal that the USA is becoming more authoritarian, totalitarian, and fascist. The very survival of the republic is now in doubt.

The Value of Philosophy

Philosophical thinking protects us against unsupported ideology, unjustified authority, unfounded beliefs, and questionable cultural values.

Science and the Meaning of Life

There is simply no way to understand anything about ourselves without understanding evolution – not our bodies, our behaviors, or our beliefs.

What Do Philosophers Think About Abortion?

The view that abortion is, with rare exceptions, seriously immoral has received little support in the recent philosophical literature.

Religion and the Meaning of Life: The Problem

The main problem with any religious answer to the question of the meaning of life is that, in general, religious beliefs are probably false.

The End of Religion: Technology and the Future

Science is the only cognitive authority in the world today. It explains forces that were once dark and mysterious.

Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of faith

There are good reasons to doubt that religious belief makes people’s lives go better, and good reasons to believe that they make their lives go…

Transhumanism and Religion

Today the comfort provided by archaic religious superstitions impedes advancement and therefore should be set aside.

Ethicists Generally Agree: The Pro-Life Arguments Are Worthless

The pro-life arguments fail, primarily because the fetus satisfies few if any of the necessary and sufficient conditions for personhood.

Death is an Ultimate Evil

Death is one of the worst fates that can befall us, despite the consolations offered by the deathists – the lovers of death.