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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 ...

How To Stop The Lure of ISIS to Young Western Muslims

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Usaama al-Azami

Research suggests that many young Western Muslims being lured to ISIS often lack a sense of belonging in society, thus understanding how to promote a real sense of belonging is of considerable importance.

What do Politics Have to do With Meaning and Purpose in Life?

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

You pass through the long security line at the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC. While the line of tourists streams forward into the Exhibition Hall, you turn right, and head to the Senate appointment desk.

Meaning, Purpose, and Civic Engagement Beyond Belief

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

Whether you are a believer or secular, to gain a greater sense of purpose and meaning in life it helps to participate in civic engagement with others from your community.

Wrestling With Ourselves

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 01.12.2016 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

In 1920, Orot ("Lights"), a collection of works by the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, was published, which included an essay c...

The Satirical World of Atheist Activism

Isaac Fornarola | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Isaac Fornarola

Recently, Massachusetts resident Lindsay Miller won the right to wear a colander in her State ID photo on account of her belief in Pastafarianism. There are two ways of interpreting this.

What About the Black Baby Nones?

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 12.30.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

The Baby nones will no doubt benefit from greater levels of acceptance of the non-religious. Yet it remains to be seen how this next generation will redress the systemic inequities that confront people of color who can't bank on the wages of whiteness while being religious outsiders.

ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.29.2015 | Religion
Michael Shammas

ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.

For Christians, Does Being Pro-Life Lead More Souls to Hell?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.23.2015 | Weird News
Zoltan Istvan

From a strictly biblical point of view, being born on Earth is a test. All our actions will eventually be judged by an omnipotent God who will determine whether we go to heaven or hell. Our deeds, sinful or not, determine where we spend eternity.

Why Trump Is Bad for America - One Reason I Bet You Never Thought Of

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Margaret Placentra Johnston

While many may not have noticed, our collective spiritual understandings have been undergoing change over the decades. Leading edge philosophers and o...

Trump Leads the Way!

Robert Slayton | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Robert Slayton

Donald Trump has the potential to create the most important change in American history, to finally get this country to a place where it will be the ha...

Millennials and Spirituality: The Religion Professor as Secret Agent, a.k.a. Danger Man

John Stroup | Posted 12.02.2015 | College
John Stroup

Welcome to Christianity in the Ivory Tower, or a guide to the inner knowledge and folk wisdom of The Village. For starters: the more Americans, espe...

Murderous Attacks on Bangladeshi Science Writers and Publishers

Nigel Hughes | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Nigel Hughes

This year to date, six people in Bangladesh who have promoted a natural and observation-based view of humanity's place in history have been hacked to death by those who seek to impose a particular supernatural view of humanity's origins and destiny.

Praying Well with Others: A Progressive Christian's Take on Interreligious Prayer

Anthony Nuccio | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Anthony Nuccio

At first glance, the idea of having an interreligious prayer might seem disingenuous and perhaps even insulting; one might ask whether or not the prayer is truly "meaningful": does the language used reflect how one understands their idea and conceptualization of the divine?

America as a "Christian Nation" Doesn't Ring Historically True

Craig Considine | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Let us be clear in dealing with Ben Carson and other people on the Christian Right. The founders did not intend for the nation to be Christian.

Religion Is Not to Blame

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Soumaya Ghannoushi

To say that religion is divisive is to attempt no analysis of the problems at hand. It is to stop at the surface making no effort to dig deeper for the underlying problems seething underneath.

Blood and Ballots in Turkey

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Stephen Schwartz

The Turkish Republic will hold new parliamentary elections for the second time this year on November 1, following the failure of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to maintain a legislative majority.

Much Ado About Nones? Growing, Diverse Body Offers Few Easy Answers

David Briggs | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Several studies have indicated religion increases with age, with many returning to more active faith lives as they get married and have children. Contemporary cultural trends of young adults delaying marriage or embracing a single lifestyle may in part account for their lack of affiliation.

Politics and Religious Values

Terry Newell | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Terry Newell

The notion that there is a "wall of separation" between church and state is either in serious danger or increasingly destructive of religious freedom, if we listen to the loudest voices in recent months.

A Muted Secular Welcome for Pope Francis

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

Pope Francis will be arriving in the U.S. today, Tuesday. He has a crowded schedule ahead of him this week, with stops in Washington, D.C., New York, ...

Pope Francis and Citizen Politics

Harry Boyte | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion
Harry Boyte

We need a Copernican Revolution in political thinking. Pope Francis can help.

How Should Rhe Nonreligious Feel About Hillary Clinton?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Clinton's position on church-state separation is inconsistent. While she was a strong advocate for secular education, she's also supported religiously backed discrimination in the past and is close to a number of Religious Right leaders. It's difficult to predict how she would handle these issue once in office.

Muslim World and Secularism

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Raza Habib Raja

In Pakistan and, in fact, most of the Islamic world, the very concept of secularism is completely misunderstood. Somehow the concept has been thoroughly confused and amalgamated with Atheism.

Dying for a Natural Explanation

Nigel Hughes | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Nigel Hughes

Voices that promoted the value and beauty of viewing the world naturally were cut down by those who prefer a particular supernatural explanation for our origins and, although happening half a world away, this issue resonates directly with critical choices that our own society must make.