Susan Jacoby

Susan Jacoby is the author of "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism"­ and is completing a secular history of religious conversion.

Stories by Susan Jacoby

Magical Thinking and the Canonization of Two Popes

Why Pope Francis is canonizing two popes for all of the world wide web to see.

Eulogy for my friend journalist William Raspberry

Marvin Joseph WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 26 William Raspberry attending the Raspberry Roast at the Washington Post in Washington, D.C. on … Continued

American atheists must define themselves, not be defined by the religious

I am sorry to tell you that this will be my last regular “Spirited Atheist” column, and I want to … Continued

Sleep Mad, Christopher Hitchens, in this age of American unreason

MARVIN JOSEPH WASHINGTON POST English-born author, 62, who had lived in Washington since 1982, was a master of the persuasive … Continued

Egypt’s elections and the risky rule of God

ODD ANDERSEN AFP/GETTY IMAGES An Egyptian flag is placed next to the flag of the Freedom and Justice Party, founded … Continued

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the morality of money

Lynne Sladky AP In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, photo, shoppers stop to look at a display while shopping at … Continued

Christian politicians exalt suffering in GOP campaign

Imagine that the year is 1932 and presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt, instead of addressing himself to the economic paralysis … Continued

Breaking children’s spirits in God’s name

“To Train Up a Child” is the revealing title of an authoritarian child-rearing manual, written by a right-wing evangelical pastor … Continued

Educating fundamentalists

If there is one thing that infuriates defenders of the faiths about atheists, it is that we keep pointing out … Continued

Mississippi ‘personhood’ amendment takes aim at birth control as well as abortion

Due to the serious illnesses of two family members, the Spirited Atheist has been absent from this column for two … Continued

Our products, ourselves: The glorification and demonization of Steve Jobs

Hiro Komae AP Apple computer fans hold their iPhones and iPads displaying candle graphics during a candle light vigil to … Continued

Dawkins teaches children how, not what, to think

Free Press FREE PRESS “The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True,” by Richard Dawkins. Illustrated by Dave … Continued

Saudi women’s vote great news– If this were 1911

HO AP A Saudi Arabian woman drives a car as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia’s ban on … Continued

Michele Bachmann and anti-HPV vaccine unreason

Chris Carlson AP Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks during the California Republican Party Fall Convention dinner in … Continued

Separation of church and state: Good for religion?

If any more evidence were required that a nation whose Constitution guarantees individual religious liberty does not need members of … Continued

The sacralized myth of 9/11

This Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, will undoubtedly mark the apotheosis of the long sacralization of the terrorist attacks that brought … Continued

God and the old Brooklyn Dodgers

Morry Gash AP Los Angeles Dodgers’ Rod Barajas scores from second on a hit by Jamey Carroll during the seventh … Continued

Atheist group’s frivolous lawsuit aims to bar ‘cross’ from 9/11 museum

CHIP EAST REUTERS The World Trade Center Cross, made of intersecting steel beams found in the rubble of buildings destroyed … Continued

Media know-nothings first declare Norwegian terrorist Muslim, then Christian

Virginia Mayo AP Flemish right wing party member Tanguy Veys holds his hands over a copy of a manifesto written … Continued

Notes from a proud free-speech junkie

Once again, people who believe in “free speech for me but not for thee,” are outraged by a U.S. Supreme … Continued