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Fundamentalism

Misconceptions of Political Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.16.2015 | Home
Soumaya Ghannoushi

As soon as the Tunisian elections results were announced with Nidaa Tounes overtaking Ennahdha party, celebrations of the "Islamists'" defeat at the hands of the "secularists" got underway across the media in France and many other western capitals.

Religious Fundamentalism and the Backlash to Women's Equality

Monica Duffy Toft | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
Monica Duffy Toft

Women's freedoms secured in the Mubarak era were quickly rolled-back by Muhammed Morsi's government until he was overthrown in July 2013. Through association with these regimes, women's equality and empowerment was thus labelled "godless" and "unholy"

Won't Someone PLEASE Think of the Candy?

Kathleen Gordon | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Kathleen Gordon

Interestingly, my parents think the kids are cute in their costumes and don't have a word to say about whether I should let them trick or treat. I'm baffled that they ever saw evil in innocent childhood fun, and maybe they are, too.

Religion Unites and Divides

Martin Marty | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

We had no trouble finding war-level conflicts inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Gush Emunim in Israel, and other "sects" in conflicts where killing went on. Where were the matching stories in contemporary America?

Taboo Nation: Bill Maher, Islam and the Censorship of Ideas

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Media
Sanjay Sanghoee

While Maher's points were vastly generalized and his analysis incomplete, there was still some validity to them. In modern America, we are so wed to the ideas of fairness and sensitivity that we can sometimes become blind to the obvious.

An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

Islam needs reformers, not moderates. Yes, it's wrong and unfair for anyone to judge a religion by the actions of its followers, be they progressive Muslims or al Qaeda. But it is appropriate and intellectually honest to judge it by the contents of its canonical texts.

Confronting ISIS Has No Military Solution

Akbar Ganji | Posted 12.01.2014 | Home
Akbar Ganji

History teaches us that military attacks and repression cannot eliminate ideas, particularly religious ones, from any society.

Standing With Those Who Fight Fundamentalism

Karima Bennoune | Posted 11.26.2014 | Home
Karima Bennoune

There is no way to fight jihadist terrorism without undercutting its ideological base. Acknowledging the West's own portion of responsibility in the process of radicalization is critical.

Is Quiverfull the Logical Conclusion of Christianity?

Jeremy John | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Jeremy John

I believe that there are two strains within Scripture, an original egalitarianism that comes from Paul and Jesus, and a later attempt to squelch the social controversies that arose from that egalitarianism via the Nicene Council.

Thirteen Years Later -- Here We Go Again!

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Richard W. Kropf

One can only wonder when we'll ever learn. Wars fought in vengeance can only lead to more war. The impulse to strike back without any comprehension of why we were struck only leads to more strikes.

ISIS Launches Canada Unit in Latest Tax Inversion Deal

Seriously Skewed | Posted 11.09.2014 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

Now that American icon Burger King has agreed to merge with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons in a blatant "screw you" to the U.S. Treasury, the trend of moving abroad to save on taxes seems to be catching on. The latest party to take advantage of this is infamous terror group ISIS.

Our Cold Civil War

Terry Curtis Fox | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Terry Curtis Fox

One can blame a press that treats Congressional malfunction as a bipartisan failure, but the overriding fact remains that while one side has been actively and knowledgeably waging a civil war, the other has been acting as if the war did not exist.

ISIS: The Psychology of Our Fears

Max Dorfman | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Max Dorfman

Across the world, various news sources are reporting on the terrors of ISIS. We know that they are intolerant, violent and well-organized; this last piece is perhaps the most frightening. But what is truly driving our fear of ISIS?

Does Islamic State's Brutality Really Have Nothing to Do With Religion?

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 10.29.2014 | Home
Fathima Imra Nazeer

It's time we take our blinders off and started openly talking about the connection between ISIS's brutality and Quranic literalism.

Love in the Time of Intifada (Part Three)

Max Dorfman | Posted 10.29.2014 | College
Max Dorfman

I began high school in 2002, a year after the September 11th terrorist attacks, and during the height of the Second Intifada. Saying Americans--and p...

The Long War: Defending Human Rights in the Middle East

Vicky Kelberer | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Vicky Kelberer

The inability to incorporate nuance into ideas about whose rights are being violated in the Muslim-majority world is the death of sound human rights policy.

The Three Mistakes Atheists Make

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

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.

Egypt's Top Muslim Leader Condemns Islamic State

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion

(Adds more quotes, background) CAIRO, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Egypt's top religious authority condemned the armed group Islamic State which...

How Westminster Theological Seminary Came to Define Fundamentalism for Me

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Would you be surprised to learn that a tenured professor of the Old Testament is the center of controversy at a Christian seminary? What if I said he's "retiring" by action of the school's board--another way of saying "terminated," according to a former department chair? No? I didn't think so.

ETI, Satan and Salvation: An Alien in My Church Pew

Leona Foxx | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Leona Foxx

I'd welcome an alien in my church pew any Sunday, as an astrobiologist who is also a pastor. However, none have shown up as yet.

GRACE Against Sex Abuse

Martin Marty | Posted 09.27.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago...

Three Ways the Internet Is Good for the Religious

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

The internet is being used as a tool to do good in religious communities all over the world trending under the hashtag #ReligionDoingGood. For every nasty attack uttered online, somewhere there is a person of faith turning their cheek in an act of mercy.

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today?

Abuse Allegations Still Plague Religious Homes for Troubled Teens

Maurice Chammah | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Maurice Chammah

Though attitudes about appropriate disciplinary practices for children have certainly shifted over the last decade and a half, the debate on them is hardly closed.

What the Founding Fathers Really Learned from the Puritans About Religious Freedom

MOMocrats | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion
MOMocrats

In the days of the New World, the earliest leaders of the colonies were often the reverends and other church leaders. The rule of law was God's law, as interpreted by the church leaders.