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.
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.
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."
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 religious right has made notable achievements, but could it have done things better, and is a different model of social engagement needed for the future? We believe the answer to both questions is yes.
The church is no longer part and parcel of the national political identity anywhere. Not in Poland, in Ireland, not even in Italy. Clearly the church will be forced to deal with the effects of all these things, and more
How can we create 'national unity' in a multi-religious society wherein religion is inscribed as the citizen's most important public attribute -- stamped prominently on his or her identification and voter registration card?
A.J. Cronin is an important figure for our times because his writing addresses many of the most critical issues we face as a culture. Cronin's Religious Humanism redraws for us the categories in which we can process social activism and religious belief.