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Religious Self-Definition A Major Issue In Dawkins's Poor Debate Performance

Christopher Lane | Posted 04.17.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

The performance in question has Dawkins stumbling, uncharacteristically, when pressed to give the full title to Darwin's major treatise "On the Origin of Species." Dawkins declared that he'd been "ambushed" by the question.

The Striking History Of Britain's Sunday Law

Christopher Lane | Posted 03.11.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

The bill that Parliament approved, greatly affecting British culture for more than 150 years, stemmed almost single-handedly from the actions and concerns of one influential bishop, Beilby Porteus.

Why I Gave Up Christmas

James Peron | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
James Peron

The religious right turned a holiday I loved into part of their hate-filled culture war. So I stopped celebrating Christmas.

Why I Envy Atheists

Delia Lloyd | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Delia Lloyd

I left the church long ago and save a few masses here and there, but I don't think I'll ever go back to Catholicism. I experience that as a loss. And it's a painful one.

Why Christians Need A Secular World

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

To be secular is to be "non-religious" not "anti-religious." Science requires the acknowledgment of simple facts without regard for their "value" in supporting any grand system.

A Faith That Can Change Is A Faith That Lasts

John Backman | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
John Backman

In an era when dominant world views have given way to individual choice, the shoulds and oughts traditionally associated with religion hold less influence. Many wonder why we hold on to ancient beliefs at all.

Secularists Celebrate Dr. King Too

John Shook, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
John Shook, Ph.D.

Are there any atheists who would apply common criticisms against religion to Dr. King? Was his prophetic vision of universal love just a matter of regrettable brain misfirings?

We Are Not All True Believers

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

My views can be modified when presented with contrary evidence; belief in a higher power cannot. That fundamental difference is an impassable abyss between religion and rationalism.

College Adds Secular Studies Program As Part Of Growing Trend

Posted 10.04.2011 | Religion

By Kimberly Winston c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Almost every major college and university offers a degree in religious studies. But secula...

Humanism Can Help Norway And The World

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.25.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Though religious people may strive to better the lives of all, their efforts are often limited by the existence of an unavoidable hurdle: all who don't follow their faith are part of the out-group.

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.

Muslim Canadians Should Ease Out Of Prayers In Public School

Mike Ghouse | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

To build cohesive societies where trust is the norm, we have to treat everyone justly.

Why Are Evangelicals Losing Influence?

Tim Suttle | Posted 08.29.2011 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Kindness, generosity, peacefulness, hospitality, patience, self-control -- these are radical virtues that should define evangelicals. Instead, we are largely defined by what we are against.

The Christian Revolution

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

The ease with which the ancient world accepted violence and suffering was a natural outgrowth of the pagan understanding of the human person. But Christianity pronounced a message as radical as it was attractive.

With Reason On Their Side: Is Secularism A Movement?

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 07.19.2011 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

It should be fairly evident that secularism is not simply the absence of religion. Rather, it is an active tradition its own articulations of the problems facing society, and its own solutions for making the world a better place.

Secular Studies Arrives at Last

Phil Zuckerman | Posted 07.17.2011 | College
Phil Zuckerman

The time has come to take secularity seriously as a significant program of study in its own right. Why now? First off, there has been the undeniable growth of secularity in recent years.

Pitzer To Add Major In Secularism

Posted 07.09.2011 | College

Pitzer College is adding a major in secularism, the New York Times reports. The major was added as an alternative to a the more traditional academic p...

Daring to Bear Witness: The Challenge of Being a Spiritual Teacher

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

It's a big challenge being a spiritual teacher in a secular culture. Authentic holders of timeless spiritual truths are often thought to be hucksters and con artists because they boldly dare to bear witness to the unseen.

Mistakes Atheists Make: The Top 9

Phil Zuckerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Phil Zuckerman

If you really think that a secular worldview is superior, I would suggest a little self-examination. A lot of you out there are making some serious mistakes.

The Sociology of Tahrir: The Three Blocs in Egypt's Revolution

Tom Gerety | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Gerety

This revolution holds great promise for Egypt. Its massed supporters are unified in a simple, passionate cause, but the blocs of power in Egypt will not easily concur on what is to be done to end corruption.

Myths of Mubarak

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

As history plays out so dramatically in the Middle East, it is time to replace such simplistic views of Muslim-majority societies with a much more complicated story about religion and politics in Egypt.

'War on Christmas' Comes to the Fore

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

This year's holiday season has seen a notable influx in secular and atheist billboards and bus banners sarcastically challenging the veracity of the Christmas story. One in New Jersey reads: "You KNOW it's a myth. This season, celebrate reason."

Oklahoma Sharia Law Blocked By Federal Judge Down

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday to block a new amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that would pro...

The Beauty We Fear Part 3: The Mosques of Secular Muslim Writers (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Compared to the European writers discovering the great mosques of Islam for the first time, the mention of mosques is more muted and void of romance to the Muslim secularists inured to them from birth.

The Beauty We Fear Part 2: The Great Mosques of European Novelists and Poets (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

2010-10-25-jdfdf.jpgBy the end of the 19th century, mosques became lyrical, escapist, and hallucinogenic motifs for writers who had never even set sight on them.