THE MYTH OF SECULARITY: NONRELIGIOUS CULTURE IN CONTEMPORARY BRITAIN Lois Lee
Recent research has shown that many people in Britain are atheists but identify themselves not as this but as nonreligious. Further, their self-declared nonreligious status is psychologically important to them, and not a matter of indifference. Abstract by Tom Rubens.
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE HUMANIST LIBRARY Cathy Broad
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ANTI-VACCINATIONISM, MMR AND AUTISM Rob Brotherton
A very informative account of the subject, focussing on the unjustified campaigns against the MMR vaccine in the early 2000s and the DPT vaccine in the 1970s-80s. Details are also given of the unjustified campaigns against the smallpox vaccine in the 19th century. Abstract by Tom Rubens.
THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE: Superstition and Pseudoscience in Steiner Schools Alex Lewis
Though the Steiner school system may appear attractive to parents of prospective students, it is, unofficially, pervaded by Steiner’s supernaturalistic and highly questionable belief in a spiritual world. This belief affects its whole approach to teaching children. Abstract by Tom Rubens.
VIEWPOINTS Robert Morrell, John Severs, Jennifer R. Jeynes
JOHN GRAY AND THE ENLIGHTENMENT: A CRITICAL LOOK David Simmonds
This critique focuses on: 1) Grey’s unjust rejection of the Enlightenment’s belief in progress 2) his conflation of this belief with utopianism 3) his misperception that modern totalitarianism has arisen from the values of humanism and secularism 4) his error in thinking that humanism and secularism have themselves stemmed from Christianity.
Book Review: THE SCIENCE OF DISCWORLD IV by Terry Pratchett, review by Chris Bratcher
Book Review: THE ATHEIST CENTRE: UNBOUND BY CAGES by Jim Herrick, review by Norman Bacrac
SILENCE ON RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM Elizabeth O’Casey
Any group serious about promoting the safety and freedom of students on university campuses should be prepared to confront the problem of religious extremism. Such extremism marginalises the vulnerable, undermines women’s rights and breeds violent behaviour.