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Nelson Mandela: The Greatest Spiritual Leader of Our Time

Lorna Byrne | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

Nelson Mandela is the greatest spiritual leader of our time. He always listened to God and did everything God asked him. He has been able to change the world because of his deep belief and trust in God. This level of faith is exceedingly rare.

Constitutional Freedoms and Defining Religion

Steven Ramey | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Whether you accept a particular revelation as true or consider a ritual institution to be divinely demanded, the category "religion" is a human construction with a shifting meaning that people use strategically to make sense of the world and to negotiate relations to others in society.

Godless America: The New Religious-less Reality

Staks Rosch | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Staks Rosch

People are starting to think critically about the beliefs they have been indoctrinated to believe and they are leaving their religions behind.

Religion as Politics

Kelly James Clark | Posted 10.07.2012 | World
Kelly James Clark

Perhaps religion is not on the radar of secular, Western liberals. Who knows? But religion is just as much a part of the political around the world as morality and economics.

Reflections on the Earnest "Pursuit of Happiness"

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

When you consider that the founding fathers of our country tried to provide us with the means for the actual separation between church and state, you ...

5 Religious Concepts That Atheists Can Use

Alain de Botton | Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion
Alain de Botton

In a world beset by fundamentalists of believing and secular varieties, it must be possible to balance a rejection of religious faith with a selective reverence for religious rituals and concepts.

Awaiting The Advent Of American Ambivalence

Carol Smaldino | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Carol Smaldino

Standing for religious liberty as well as the freedom to question and even refuse religion as an absolute or inevitable path often "ordained" at birth, is not always a symptom of being radical or even a rebel by nature.

War Is Over. What Next?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To mark the milestone of the last American troops to leave Iraq, I'd like to take a wider view and look at the entire region, post-Saddam and post-Arab Spring.

Religious Right and Politics -- From Iowa to Cairo

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 02.15.2012 | World
Parvez Ahmed

The nexus between politics and religion has been on the rise globally for quite some time now. It is an irony that it is the religious right in each country that often expresses the most misgivings about the rise of the religious right in other countries.

Choosing Faith Over Freedom

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.05.2012 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Government sponsorship of religion runs afoul of the First Amendment and should be strongly rejected by our legislature and our judicial system.

The Effect On Faith Of Being Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader

David Briggs | Posted 10.19.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

Scholars agree further study is needed, but so far, the latest research indicates those who assume religion will slowly wind down as higher education rates increase are mistaken.

The UAE Stands Out for Its Civil Liberties

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 09.19.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Emiratis must not take the civil liberties that they enjoy as a society for granted, especially at a time when conservative Islamist forces are gaining ground in the region.

Predicting Religion's Future

David Briggs | Posted 07.28.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

If it seems foolhardy to forecast the date of the apocalypse, predicting the future of religion is not so far-fetched, as some scholars say they have an increasing number of scientific tools to make such projections.

Secular Coalition Asks Newt Gingrich to Respect America's Secular Heritage

Sean Faircloth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Faircloth

Mr. Gingrich, if you want to prove yourself worthy of our nation's highest office, it would very wise for you to not only acknowledge America's rich secular heritage -- but affirm our historic and constitutional responsibility to defend it.

Travelers of the World Unite: Stop the Wars

Judie Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Judie Fein

In short, we are opinion leaders, opinion makers, the vanguard of the modern wave of exploration.

Does Religion Cause War

Kabir Helminski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Modern secular ideological movements are actually responsible for much greater and more indiscriminate violence than any religion ever has been.

Muslim Democracy? No Thanks

Elcin Poyrazlar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elcin Poyrazlar

Turkey is supposed to be a secular democratic state guaranteeing fundamental rights for all of its citizens, not "a great Muslim democracy."

Trust and Solidarity

Tim Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Ellis

One of the most important points currently facing the progressive movement is that we simply don't have the monolithic certainty of the still-powerful Christian Right.

A.J. Cronin Goes to Hollywood

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

A.J. Cronin is an important figure for our times because his writing addresses many of the most critical issues we face as a culture. Cronin's Religious Humanism redraws for us the categories in which we can process social activism and religious belief.

Religious and Secular Belief: All The Same To The Brain | Allison Bond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

"Believing the sun is a star is rather the same as believing Jesus was born of a virgin," says Sam Harris, co-author of a study that suggests that the...

Foundation Urges Charitable Giving Among Nonreligious | Kimberlee Hauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The Foundation Beyond Belief is urging atheists and secularists to donate more to charity in order to show that their generosity equals that of church...

A Hundred Years of War

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

Drone attacks are terrorism too. Killing entire families, including women and children, in the "border" areas of the "AF-PAK" theater to hit one "militant" or "extremist," without charge or trial, repeated countless times.

Compassion: A Shared Ideal That Transcends Differences

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

We may have been told to 'follow the golden rule' as children (to do unto others as you would have others do unto you) but now science is illustrating the powerful role doing just that can have on humanity.

India's Invisible Minority

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Muslims who make up over twenty percent of the population in Kolkata have become its invisible minority, increasingly squeezed out of the public square in Kolkata and beyond.

Why I Failed As an Atheist

Lauren Cahn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

I tried to believe in nothing. And I failed.