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Secularism

God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2016 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Politics
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 | Religion
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 | World
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Books
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 | Politics
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | 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 12.05.2016 | 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 12.05.2016 | 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 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

From An Opinionated Dictionary of Religion at uponreligion.com 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...