by Edd Doerr
In this, the bicentennial year of Thomas Jefferson's "wall of separation" between church and state, religious liberty faces some of its most daunting challenges. If we don't stand by the wall now, there will be little left of it for future generations.
Would the Freethinking Jefferson Be Elected Today?
By Sid Goetz
If Jefferson were alive today, would he be a viable candidate for the presidency? With the intense scrutiny media brings to bear, could he get elected? He barely won in his own day, and now the religious and political climate is drastically changed.
Another Side of Thomas Jefferson
By Gregory Shafer
As a quintessential Enlightenment thinker, Jefferson championed liberty and human rights - but not for everyone. Not for blacks, Native Americans, women, or the poor-in other words, not for the "unenlightened."
Civil Liberties and Homeland Security
By Valerie L. Demmer
The worst fears of civil libertarians are already materializing as the Bush administration loses no time in using new anti-terrorist legislation to vigorously compromise the Bill of Rights.
Whence Comes Death
By Joshua Mitteldorf
It's no mere cliché that we are born to die. Death is programmed into our genes. But why and how? Scientists continue to grapple with the question and its meaning.
The Art of Homelessness
By Buffalo Latham
Statistics on homelessness in the United States read like empty numbers until one grasps on the actual experience. That's why this journalist decided to live the life before he told the tale.
Spirituality without Faith
By Thomas W. Clark
Is a nontheistic and naturalistic spirituality possible? Can it be intellectually respectable? And are there spiritual practices that comport with humanism? The answers may surprise you.
THE ISSUE AT HAND
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Preventing a Terrorist Mushroom Cloud
"Nonreligious" People Figure Strongly in the United States (Read Article)
Winning the Real War on Terrorism
Vacations, Shopping Sprees, and Work Life
THE CULTURE WAR:
THE POPULAR CONDITION:
War, Theocrats, and All That
Celebrating Darwin Day