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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 19 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 19, no 1 (cover)

Cover Articles:
Religion—or Lack of it

Did Jesus Exist?
What the Evidence Reveals
by Tim Callahan
Becoming a Faith Healer
An Insider’s Look at the Business of Revealed Religion by Dustin White
Imagine There’s No Heaven
The Seeds of Modern Atheism and the Tragic Life of Madalyn Murray O’Hair by Mitchell Stephens
Cover: In our own image: Jesus as he might be imagined in the West. Photo illustration by Pat Linse, Brian Dalton, and Ed Pastor.

Special Section:
Communicating with the Dead

The Stuff of Nightmares
James Van Praagh
and the Afterlife by Ingrid Hansen Smythe
Ghostbusters Busted
at Sand Creek
by Gregory F. Michno

Junior Skeptic

Carl Sagan

To celebrate 50 issues of Junior Skeptic, we turn to the story of one of skepticism’s most inspiring people: astronomer Carl Sagan!

By Daniel Loxton. Interior art by Daniel Loxton with Jim WW Smith. This issue’s cover features a modeling clay and mixed media illustration by Daniel Loxton.


Why Whistleblowing
Doesn’t Work
Loyalty is a Whole Lot Easier to Enforce than Honesty by Frederick V. Malmstrom
and David Mullin
The Future of Intelligence
An Interview with
James R. Flynn by Lee Traynor
Holistic Airlines
The Natural Way to Fly by Kyle Sanders


’Twas Brillig…
Let’s Get Real, Even if it Hurts by James Randi
Bad Language
Face the Music
by Karen Stollznow
The SkepDoc
Does Religion Make
People Healthier?
by Harriet Hall, M.D.


The End is Nigh…Or Not
A review of Ten Billion,
by Stephen Emmott and Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?,
by Alan Weisman.
reviewed by Michael Shermer
Magical Thinking Good?
A Review of The Seven Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy and Sane, by Matthew Hutson.
reviewed by Kevin J McCaffree
Forsaking Logic
A Review of What’s So Great About God: A Reasonable Defense of the Goodness of God in a World Filled with Suffering (Formerly Godforsaken),
by Dinesh D’Souza.
reviewed by Franz Kiekeben
The Not-So-Skeptical Buddhist
A review of Hardcore Zen Strikes Again, by Brad Warner.
reviewed by Mike Moran
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