We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.
In recent days, protesters have taken to defending opposing moral positions by claiming Jesus held their viewpoint. Aside from the obvious problem of using a single historical figure as a moral barometer, there's another troubling issue at hand.
Battles over the Pledge have resulted in multiple acrimonious lawsuits and disputes, with no change to the law, only increasing resentment and hostility on both sides of the dispute. It's time to reframe the debate.
The decline of religion in developed countries offers a unique perspective on the religion-spirituality connection. What happens to spirituality as organized religion declines? Are regular churchgoers more spiritual to begin with?
Who cares about labels when someone is slapping you in the face? Who cares about labels when someone is saving you from drowning?
I was brought up (well, sort of brought up -- my parents never went to church except for the odd funeral and occasional wedding) in a tradition which ...
I often argue that every marriage is mixed, since no two individuals share identical beliefs or practices. If that is so, then all our children are lucky, as long as we provide them with interfaith literacy, and encourage them to wrestle with big questions.
I'm still not sure if I am ready to actually declare myself an atheist, so I guess I am just going to leave it up to God. I mean, what do you thi...
Photo: Artist Alan May and myself at an event for the SF Food Bank (photo by Blodwen Tarter) I wrote "Losing My Religion" a scant 48 hours ago. Much...
While I don't entirely consider myself an atheist, I was thoroughly impressed with the caliber of speakers and activists in the atheist community. I realized how important the atheist movement is to challenging systematic ideologies in the political, social, economic and religious realm.
I applaud those who retain the strength to fight the never-ending battle against ignorance, intolerance and persistent persecution of rationalists. T...
In my opinion, Ingersoll missed the true currents of religion, of the possibility of an open and liberal spirituality. But he certainly brought a lot to the table. May he be remembered for standing against the powers that be and the demons of cheap faith, and for championing the endless power of not knowing.
Advocates of atheism continue to appear, each new wave of thinkers reshaping what has come before. What Philip Kitcher has to say is ultimately neither new nor convincing. He makes the same mistakes that most others make who argue the case for atheism or secular humanism.
"I don't believe in you," says the entrepreneur. "I just want to make that clear." "Okay," God says. "But in the interests of transparency, I think you should know that I believe in you." They order their coffees in ceramic cups to avoid adding to the landfill.
I have been doing my best not to think too much about Gaza, not only publicly but for myself. I can no longer avoid pondering all the uncomfortable thoughts Israel's bombing of Gaza is bringing home to me. Of one thing I'm sure of -- I want to tell Netanyahu, "I told you so." Netanyahu's purpose was always designed to prevent any chance of rapprochement. What's unfolding was foretold by his actions.
For many thousands of years now, the human race has been indoctrinated to submit to orthodoxy and to cower before authority, and to swallow endless nonsense from both.