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American Atheist  
    A Journal of Atheist News and Thought 

Volume 35, No. 3   Summer 1997 
Vardis Fisher
and his world of thought
Cover design by
Adrian Bellesguard

Editor's Desk 
    Frank R. Zindler 

What's Wrong With a Few 
Harmless Prayers in 
Courtrooms or Classrooms? 
    Ronald J. Barrier 

Apocalypse Chronicle 
    Conrad F. Goeringer 

Vardis Fisher, an American 
Atheist Author 
    Richard M. Andrews 
    An Atheist mater consigned 
    to oblivion is remembered.

Socrates versus 
Moses and Christ 
    From Varids Fisher's A Goat 
    For Azazel 

An Epistle of Brother Josiah 
    Josh Karpf 

Spirits, Souls, and Clones: 
Biology's Latest Challenge 
to Theology 
    Frank R. Zindler 
    Cloning of a human would be the 
    reductio ad absurdum of the idea of 
    spirits and souls. 

The Pope's 
Most Fallible 
Brain - or 
Weighing the 

Creationism, and Evolution 
    John W. Patterson 
    An engineer refutes the idea that 
    the second law of thermodynamics 
    makes evolution impossible.

Whose Bible Is It Anyway?  
Ask an Atheist! 
    Philip R. Davies [bible fight] 
    A famous expert on 
    the Dead Sea Scrolls 
    argues that like the 
    Pyramids and 
    Stonehenge, the bible 
    is the cultural heritage 
    of Atheists as well as 
    believers. It takes 
    the objectivity of 
    Atheists to study it 

Attack of The Prayer Bullies 
    Conrad F. Goeringer 
    An Alabama judge trashes the 
    First Amendment and triggers 
    what may become a 
    prolonged "prayer war." 
[prayer bully] 

Masters of Atheism 
    Annie Besant (1847-1933) 
    The first part of a reprint of 
    her 1887 pamphlet 
    Why I Do Not Believe In God 

Statement on Heaven's Gate 
    Alan Hale 
    A co-discoverer of Comet Hale- 
    Bopp speaks out on the persistance 
    of religious superstition. 


Can Atheists Have Morals? 
Part I 
    Doug Krueger 
    An excerpt from a forth- 
    coming book by a 
    young philosopher. 

Letter to the Editor