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Religious Fundamentalism

The Common Ground Between Science And Religion

Jeffrey Small | Posted 10.30.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

Critics of religion enjoy pointing out how many wars and how much suffering has been caused in the name of religion. But only science has given us the tools to kill each other in ways never before imagined.

Are Fundamentalists Fundamentally Violent?

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 09.24.2011 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

How can we decide if a person is a fundamentalist? Does his creed or religion in its most fundamental source document, its holy book, teach a violent manifesto?

A Reflection On Identity And Changing Religious Beliefs

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 06.07.2011 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Time and distance may make it hard for me to remember why I believed what I did once. Why did my early ideas make sense then but now seem so foreign?

Recanting In The Face Of Religious Extremism

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the evolution/creation debate, Christian fundamentalists are not alone in issuing threats and demanding adherence to religious dogma from their academics.

Recent Lessons In The Politics Of Fundamentalism

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Abby L. Ferber

Clearly, we have a much easier time spotting fundamentalisms "over there" than we do in our own backyards. It is time we turn that critical lens on what passes for mainstream America.

The Bad Faith Of American Exceptionalism

Kent Hayden, M.Div. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kent Hayden, M.Div.

If we are to be an exceptional people, it must be because we are an accepting people -- a people with the humility to include our own normalcy in our identity, and to stand up anyway in the midst of difficulties and do what's right.

Sexual Obsession And The Fall Of The Religious Right

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Americans need a religious teaching that begins with the premise that sexuality is linked to blessing, commandment and God; that focuses on holiness and self-respect; and that sends the message that each of them is a person of irreducible worth.

5 Ways You Can Help Pakistan (and the Rest of Us)

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah van Gelder

Some Americans may hesitate to contribute to flood relief because we associate Pakistan with qualities we don't admire. How can we distance ourselves from the qualities we don't like while offering solidarity to the people of Pakistan?

Questions for Stephen Prothero, Author of God Is Not One

Benyamin Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Benyamin Cohen

I caught up with Stephen Prothero, author of God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World -- And Why Their Differences Matter, to chat with him about religious zealotry, atheists, and Islamic pride.

Religious Fundamentalism Should Not Be Affecting Americans' Rights

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fred Silberberg

What we don't realize is that we, as a nation, have allowed our own country to be ruled in part by our own domestic religious fundamentalism.

Religion Reloaded: A Changing Landscape

Ivan Petrella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ivan Petrella

We're going to yoga and taking Catholic communion. We're studying Zen meditation and keeping kosher. We're reading up on Sufism and believing in reincarnation. Americans are mixing religions.

Religion Needs Atheism

Samir Selmanovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Samir Selmanovic

Atheism does not have to be the end of the enchantment; it can be a new door towards a better religion. Religion does not have to be the opium of the people; it can be the poetry of the people.

The Sci-Fi Roots Of Modern Fundamentalism | Jeff Sharlet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Two two-bit radio preachers bringing you the news--on scripture time. Prophecy; ancient patterns revealed; the Russian scheme foretold. The end, nigh....

Big Think: Jim Wallis Discusses How To Address Religious Fundamentalism (VIDEO) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

In an interview with Big Think, Jim Wallis, editor-in-chief of Sojourners, asserted that the antidote to religious fundamentalism is not secularism bu...

Ugandan Atrocity: Perversion of Religion or the Real Deal?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Valerie Tarico

Both good and bad consequences of "faith" are the direct product of an agreement we make with each other, that it's okay to believe things on paltry evidence, the kind that would never stand up in court.

Unbuckling the Bible Belt from the Legacy of Slavery

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert S. McElvaine

Hardly anyone mentions that the "the Bible Belt" and "the Black Belt" refer to essentially the same part of the country. That easily overlooked fact is of enormous significance.

To Boldly Go Where No Californians Have Gone Before

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Gregory

Now that he has the legal right to marry, actor George Takei sat down with me enthusiastically gushing about his upcoming nuptials to his partner of twenty-one years, Brad Altman.