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Islamic Extremists Don't Have To Be Islamic Scholars

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 08.22.2016 | World
Ronald A. Lindsay

Extensive knowledge of a religion's doctrines is not necessary to be committed to and motivated by a religious belief.

What is the End of the World ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Every year of the calendar, for ages and ages, up to and including this year, there have been religious persons convinced that the end of the world wa...

Why Is Erdogan Being Demonized In The West?

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 07.21.2016 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Many masks have slipped since Turkey's failed military coup last Friday, such that a great many on the right and the left alike, who never tire of eulogising about democracy and human rights, the masses, and people power have been exposed as little more than pseudo-liberals and fake democrats.

What Is An Atheist ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.27.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

"So shall I do to the freshest things now reigning, and make stale the glistering of this present" (TIME, as the Chorus in The Winter's Tale by Shakes...

The Godless Descend on DC

Staks Rosch | Posted 06.26.2016 | Religion
Staks Rosch

Saturday, June 4, marked the "Second Coming" of the Reason Rally. Atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and secularists from all over the country descended on our nation's capital to rally in support of reason over faith in government.

Should Islam Have A Role In Politics?

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 06.24.2016 | Religion
Soumaya Ghannoushi

As we ponder the crises and conflicts raging around the Muslim world, with their toxic mix of religion and politics and rising waves of a terrorism that looks to Islam for legitimisation, we cannot help asking: should Islam have any role in politics and public life? Can it come to play a constructive role on the local and international stage?

In God We Don't Trust: Growing American Secular Movement Rallies in D.C. Today (Live Video)

Art Levine | Posted 06.04.2016 | Religion
Art Levine

They may be the most invisible interest group in American politics: secular Americans. But attendees of the "Reason Rally" at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, where as many as 30,00 atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and their allies are expected to attend, want to see that change.

What is the Devil?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

From An Opinionated Dictionary of Religion at DEVIL. Noun. A felon on license from God to wreak havoc on Earth. The notion that u...

The Glimmer of Secular Hope in Iraq

Rameh Shirazi | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
Rameh Shirazi

Iraq is a country that has been through a lot--both during the Saddam regime and after his collapse.

9 Sacred Spaces That Transformed Into Stunning Secular Buildings

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.31.2016 | Religion

What happens to a sacred place when people no longer gather there to seek the divine? A lot of things, actually. As more people find spirituality ou...

What Are Letters From the Damned ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

From Cro-Magnon Woman in Hell: You always hear about Cro-Magnon Man, and I just want everyone to know there were women too amongst us Cromies. All o...

Religion Declining, Secularism Surging

Phil Zuckerman | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion
Phil Zuckerman

An ongoing spate of recent studies - looking at various countries around the world - all show the same thing: religion is in decline.

The School of Life: An Interview With Alain de Botton

Mark Matousek | Posted 05.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

The author of "How Proust Can Change Your Life" tells it like it is Alain de Botton is one of my favorite living writers. Best known for brilliant, g...

A Night's Ascension Into Enchantment

Ali Z. Hussain | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Ali Z. Hussain

The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization, and, above all, by the 'disenchantment of the world.' Precisely the...

What Does the Pope See In His Dreams?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

A story is circulating that in a recent dream the Pope saw original scripture writers in the act, and this might enlighten us.

I am a Secular Indian Kashmiri

Aarti Tikoo Singh | Posted 04.12.2016 | Religion
Aarti Tikoo Singh

The idea of secularism that the founding fathers Gandhi, Nehru, Patel, and Ambedkar fought for is something we have slowly come to purge from our public discourse in modern India. "Secular" has now become the new slur; the secular is the new outcast.

Why Doesn't Religion Need Politics?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Political religion has much to lament. Politics interlaced with religious fervor, or religion intertwined with political fervor, invented many techniques for political oppression. The government of gods has been tried and has failed.

Islamism: Earth's terrible cancer

Rameh Shirazi | Posted 04.08.2016 | Religion
Rameh Shirazi

Global terrorism is spreading everywhere; it is not only concentrated in the war zone areas of the Middle East such as in Syria and Iraq. Turkey, Fran...

Pakistan Detained More Than 5,000 After Easter Bombing Killed 72

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.29.2016 | World

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has rounded up more than 5,000 militant suspects, then released most of them, in the two days since a suicide bomber ki...

The Long Wait for "Enlightenment" in Egypt

Sara Khorshid | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Sara Khorshid

Egypt's Sisi is no moderniser or reformer. Nor is the military establishment that he hails from. His core trait when it comes to ideology and thought is his being opposed to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, and that could be largely related to power struggle more than it is to ideology.

Yes, Life Without Religion Can Be Meaningful

Ryan Stringer | Posted 03.08.2016 | Religion
Ryan Stringer

Meaning in life without religion can be found in the many familiar, meaning-conferring elements that aren't religious in nature. Our lives will end permanently some day. All that matters is what our lives are like while they last.

Pope and Patriarch: An Unholy Alliance Against Women

Jon O'Brien | Posted 03.03.2016 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

Secularism does not threaten religion; it lets religion thrive. You cannot have freedom of religion without freedom from religion -- it is a two-sided coin. Nowhere is this more evident than the way these faith leaders treat women's rights.

Why Secularists Should Support Sanders Over Clinton

Staks Rosch | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Staks Rosch

If Hillary Clinton was running against pretty much any other politician, her use of religious language might mean absolutely nothing at all. But in contrast to Bernie's secularism, Hillary's use of religious language just looks like political pandering.

Why Moderate Muslims Should Support Secularism

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Raza Habib Raja

Many moderate Muslims want religion to have a more prominent role in the legal framework of the country and at the same time they expect that they will get some moderate version.

Purpose-Driven Life and Secularism

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by prov...