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Secularism

Start With Humanism

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 02.14.2017 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

For your own self-designation, begin with the broadest most relevant category and call yourself a Humanist. This classification encompasses all other...

Only A Minority Is Right

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2017 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

'It is possible that none of the religions are true, and it is absolutely impossible that more than one can be true.' -- Cicero, On the Nature of the...

The Morphology Of Disappearances In Pakistan

Dr Shaaz Mahboob | Posted 01.17.2017 | Home
Dr Shaaz Mahboob

Over the past few days, five persons have gone missing in Pakistan. Nothing should be considered unusual about these particular disappearances since p...

Gospel of Wealth Preachers At Inauguration

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2017 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Pardon me. This piece is admittedly too clever by half, but then again, so is The Gospel of Wealth. Two preachers, male and female, both proponents o...

Europe must open up to new ideas about the secular state

The Conversation Global | Posted 01.16.2017 | Home
The Conversation Global

Zohra Bensemra/Reuters Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute and Gurpreet Mahajan, Jawaharlal Nehru University Religion is one of the...

Humanists Integrate, Religionists Segregate

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2017 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Ancient and Renaissance Christian intellectuals claimed all that was beautiful and humane in pre-Christian Greek and Roman pagan literature was really...

The Unbearable Whiteness Of Secular Studies

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 12.26.2016 | Home
Sikivu Hutchinson

I recently submitted a course proposal entitled “Going Godless: Challenging Faith and Religion in Communities of Color” to a School of Religion at...

Faith, dissent and extremism: how Bangladesh is struggling to stay secular

The Conversation Global | Posted 12.09.2016 | Home
The Conversation Global

Students gathered in 2013 to show their support for the Shahbag movement for freedom and democracy in Bangladesh. ShuvroSS, CC BY-SA Samia Huq, Brac ...

God Is 'Simply Incredible'

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2016 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Sociologists, psychologists, and religious scholars have pondered, pondered, pondered the reasons why tens of millions of modern Americans and Europea...

God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2016 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

As far as I can discover from interviews and from books, there are at least 21 reasons smart people find God unconvincing. Here are the 21 reasons, ex...

God Loves Trump !

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

It is very clear that God loves Trump, because Trump won the presidency. It's fairly clear that God does not love Hillary Clinton quite as much, maybe...

Ignorance Won. Can We Return To Reason?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
Roy Speckhardt

It’s past due time for progressive America to rethink its strategies. With the steady, numeric rise of freethinkers, people of color, supporters of ...

A Trump Christian ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Preach Love of Enemies But Never Do It Advise Forgiveness of Enemies But Never Do It Avoid Bible Passages Like Micha Loving Mercy Avoid Bible Passages...

How My Millennial Students Found Their 'Hitchhiker's Guide' to a Secular Age

James K.A. Smith | Posted 11.27.2016 | Home
James K.A. Smith

Charles Taylor will receive the $1 million Berggruen Prize on Dec. 1 at the New York Public Library. When I announced in 2011 that my senior undergra...

The Trump Bible

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Donald Trump daily consults holy writ. Perhaps you knew. But did you know that crafty theo-politicos stole Mr. Trump's Bible and discreetly replaced i...

Islam Isn't Just Compatible With Western Values, It Fully Endorses Them

Atif Rashid | Posted 10.10.2016 | Home
Atif Rashid

It was Islamic injunctions which first spurred the great advancements made during the Islamic Golden Age from the 8th to the 13th century. Many are quick to point out though, how today, Islamic nations seem to have fallen into Dark Age depths.

Evangelicalism & Trumpism

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Some Evangelicals I know are among the best people I know. And yet, Evangelicalism, the religion, demands critique. So let's review: Evangelicalism i...

5 Reasons Why I Am A Secular Jesus Follower

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 10.05.2016 | Home
Tom Krattenmaker

Here are five important ways in which I continue to reshape my approach to life as part of a deepening commitment to being a secular Jesus follower.

A Story of an Islamic Seduction of the Western Ego

Peter Vaughn | Posted 10.03.2016 | Home
Peter Vaughn

If I am getting it right, Schopenhauer believes that we are driven by our ego. The ego is where our desire for our own pleasure and happiness comes from. It has little to do with compassion and love, both of which we are more than capable of accessing and, in doing so, inoculating ourselves from what he and Freud labeled as "the hedgehog's dilemma."

Banning Burkini, Intensify fundamentalist and Degrading Women

Abdalhadi Alijla | Posted 09.30.2016 | Home
Abdalhadi Alijla

The shocking photos of the four-armed policemen forcing apparently a Muslim woman to take off her clothes has revealed huge debate, cartoons and will last for the next few days.

What Is Prayer?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

All religions, except some forms of Buddhism, recommend prayer. From the Latin precare, which means to beg, prayer is just that: begging, pleading, imploring a God, or some other otherworldly figure, such as a saint.

Burkini Ban: What Does A Conference In Montreal On September 15 Have To Do With It?

Arvind Sharma | Posted 08.31.2016 | Home
Arvind Sharma

What does a Burkini ban have to do with a forthcoming global conference on World's Religions After September 11, which meets in Montreal at the Palais des congress on September 15, 2016? The answer is: "Everything," strange as it might sound.

Senegal: through a religious lens

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.30.2016 | Home
Katherine Marshall

Youth gathering in Tivouane, Senegal The great festival of Tabaski is approaching; this is the feast that commemorates, in the Islamic calendar, Abr...

What is a Cult ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

The word 'cult' is never benign in religious terminology as it is in the world of art, where Johnny Stonenoggin filmster extraordinaire may cult-ivate...

Islamic Extremists Don't Have To Be Islamic Scholars

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 08.22.2016 | Home
Ronald A. Lindsay

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