Forkosch Best Humanist Book and Article Awards

The Morris D. Forkosch Endowment Fund was established in 1987 by Morris D. Forkosch and the Council for Secular Humanism to help further the cause of humanism by honoring individuals who make the greatest contributions to its advancement. This endowment finances the Morris D. Forkosch Book Award for the year's best book on humanism (carrying a $1,000 prize) and the Selma V. Forkosch Award for the year's best article published in Free Inquiry (carrying a $250 prize).

The Council for Secular Humanism bestows these two awards on a recurring (but not always regular) basis. All winners are listed in the table below.

The Morris D. Forkosch Endowment Fund committee continually solicits nominations for these awards. To nominate a book, please send a copy of it to: Morris D. Forkosch Endowment Fund Committee, Free Inquiry, P. O. Box 664, Amherst, NY 14226-0664. Alternatively, you may email a book's author, title, publisher, and year of publication---or an article’s title and author---to


Morris D. Forkosch Book Award

Selma V. Forkosch Article Award


Arthur N. Strahler, Science and Earth History: The Evolution/Creation Controversy

Paul Edwards, "The Case Against Reincarnation" (four-part series)


Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

Adolf Grünbaum, “The Pseudo-Problem of Creation in Physical Cosmology”


Steve Allen, Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality

Richard Taylor, “The American Judiciary as Secular Priesthood”

Sidney Hook, Convictions


Antony Flew, Atheistic Humanism: The Prometheus Lectures

Richard A. Fox, “’The Incredible Discovery of Noah’s Ark’: An Archaeological Quest?”


Taner Edis, The Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science

Pervez Hoodbhoy, “Muslims and the West After September 11”


Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution




Susan Haack, “Mystery-Mongering, Prejudice, and the Search for Truth: Replies to Some Reservations”


Daniel C. Dennett, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon




David Trobisch, “Who Published the Christian Bible?”


Susan Jacoby, The Age of American Unreason

Larry Hickman, “Citizen Participation: More or Less”


Jerry Coyne, Why Evolution Is True

Alexander Saxton, “The Great God Debate and the Future of Faith”


Stephen Law, Humanism: A Very Short Introduction

Gregory Paul, Daniel C. Dennett, Darren Sherkat, and Linda LaScolla, “Stop Dumping on Atheists”


Susan Jacoby, The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought

Ryan Cragun, Stephanie Yeager, and Desmond Vega, “How Secular Humanists (and Everyone Else) Subsidize Religion in the United States”


A. C. Grayling, The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and For Humanism

Luke Galen and Jeremy Beahan, “Does Religion Really Make Us Better People?”


Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away

Andy Norman, “Reason Unhinged: The Religious Subversion of Civil Accountability”