February 17, 2020

By James A. Haught This is the first segment of a series on renowned skeptics throughout history. These profiles are drawn from 2000 Years of Disbelief: Famous People With the Courage to Doubt, Prometheus Books, 1996. Today, in much of the Muslim world, a writer who casts doubt on heaven and holy men is likely to be jailed or targeted by a religious death decree. Yet nine hundred years ago, a brilliant Persian scientist dared to voice eloquent agnosticism in… Read more

February 14, 2020

Rae’s quest for answers takes her to the abandoned, decaying ruin of the New York Public Library. Read more

February 12, 2020

We’re well on our way to becoming a banana republic. Read more

February 10, 2020

Oprah Winfrey’s soap opera about rampant religious corruption rings true to life. Read more

February 7, 2020

While pestilence and hunger stalk New York City, Rae has a revelation about where to find the answers she’s seeking. Read more

February 5, 2020

The church has begun publishing the names of sexual predators in the clergy, but their disclosure still falls short of the mark. Read more

February 3, 2020

By James A. Haught For much of my newspaper career, I was West Virginia’s only full-time investigative reporter. I wrote about political corruption. (Two of our governors and numerous top politicians went to prison.) I exposed consumer frauds. (Various roofers, exterminators, baldness-curers, weight salon operators and other fly-by-night entrepreneurs were jailed.) I revealed stock frauds. (Some local brokers were convicted of bilking investors.) I reported on crooked evangelists. My firebrand publisher raged about flashy TV evangelists, calling them charlatans. He… Read more

January 31, 2020

As New York’s infrastructure crumbles, Rae and her team are forced to undertake a dangerous repair mission. Read more

January 29, 2020

Elections are like tug-of-war: the only way to win is to take hold of the rope and pull. Read more

January 27, 2020

Some existentialists feel despair over the dearth of meaning, but life can be fun even without transcendental purpose. Read more

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