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Secular Ethics

EXCERPT: The Dalai Lama Moves 'Beyond Religion'

Posted 12.02.2011 | Religion

Editor's note: The following is excerpted from "Beyond Religion" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt...

Should Freethinkers Shun Or Claim The Language Of Spirituality?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

We now know that the moral dimension of human life derives not from religion but from our need, as social animals, to cooperate and live in community with each other.

Why Religion Is Better Than Secular Ethics For Human Rights

Rabbi Alana Suskin | Posted 09.22.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Alana Suskin

Far more powerful than choosing to guard human rights, the religious have an obligation to protect them.

His Holiness -- A Questions of Ethics and Three Bows

Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe | Posted 07.04.2011 | Los Angeles
Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe

Just because everyone else was taking pictures of him didn't make it okay to do it. I knew in my heart that the Dalai Lama had requested no pictures.

God Is Dead. Long Live Morality.

guardian.co.uk | Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Morality is something fashioned by natural selection, not handed down by God. That doesn't diminish its usefulness, or its comfort....

Religion Needs Atheism

Samir Selmanovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Samir Selmanovic

Atheism does not have to be the end of the enchantment; it can be a new door towards a better religion. Religion does not have to be the opium of the people; it can be the poetry of the people.