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John Shook, Ph.D.
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Dr. John R. Shook is a scholar and professor living in Washington, D.C. His recent book is The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers (and Everyone in Between).

Shook was professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University from 2000 to until 2006, when he moved to Buffalo to join the Center for Inquiry and the faculty at the University at Buffalo. He is Research Associate in Philosophy and faculty member of the Science and the Public EdM online program at the University at Buffalo, New York; Associate Fellow at the Center for Neurotechnology Studies in the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Virginia; and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

His service to secular organizations presently includes two positions, as Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Inquiry, and the Education Coordinator for the American Humanist Association. He also is President of the Society of Humanist Philosophers.

Shook publishes on philosophical topics about science, naturalism, neurophilosophy, ethics, democracy, secularism, and religion. Shook is an editor for three philosophy journals: Contemporary Pragmatism, Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, and Philo: A Journal of Philosophy, and he also assists the editing of Philosophy and Public Policy. Among his books are Dewey’s Empirical Theory of Knowledge and Reality (authored, 2000), Pragmatic Naturalism and Realism (edited, 2003), Blackwell Companion to Pragmatism (co-edited, 2005), Ectogenesis: Artificial Womb Technology and the Future of Human Reproduction (co-edited, 2006), The Future of Naturalism (co-edited, 2009), John Dewey’s Philosophy of Spirit (co-authored with James Good, 2010), The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists, Believers, and Everyone in Between (authored, 2010), and The Essential William James (edited, 2011).

Blog Entries by John Shook, Ph.D.

Church-Goers Now a Minority in America

(83) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 3:43 PM

One measure of the decline of church strength and authority is church membership and attendance. And by that measure, US secularity is rising to surprising heights.

Churches try to keep track of their members, and if their numbers get a little inflated, you could understand why. People who hardly ever...

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The Humanist Case Against Capital Punishment

(33) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 4:00 PM

Humanism stands for a social ethics of equality, individual human rights, justice for everyone and government that defend their citizens. Humanism cannot support the death penalty.

Death penalty supporters appeal to these principles, too. But they narrowly interpret them to justify government killings, and they coldly apply them to...

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Secularists Celebrate Dr. King Too

(20) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 10:10 AM

Why would nonbelievers hold back appreciation for one of America's heroes of democracy?

It's only natural to suppose that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s fervent Christianity is not esteemed by the nonreligious. His life's achievements are another matter. Like all secularists, nonbelievers regard expansion and protection of civil rights...

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Where Can Naturalism and Religion Agree?

(30) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 5:14 PM

Surprisingly, naturalism and religion can inspire a common humanistic spirit and ethics of responsibility.

The contest between science and religion has been going on so long that the battles lines seem fixed. Religion's complaints against naturalism are so familiar by now. We often hear it said that...

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For Atheists and Believers, Ignorance Is No Excuse

(1483) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 12:17 AM

Atheists are getting a reputation for being a bunch of know-nothings. They know nothing of God, and not much more about religion, and they seem proud of their ignorance.

This reputation is a little unfair, yet when they profess how they can't comprehend God, atheists really mean it. To...

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