Atheism and religion in the news XIII
Once again, more news.
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A review of “Irreligion” by author John Allen Paulos
This critics review is that its good, but not good enough compared to the others out there.
Still, there is something perfunctory and hurried about all of Paulos' arguments, which will be shrugged off by anyone who has made the leap of faith into belief, and which will seem obvious to anyone who is already a proud heathen. Indeed, the reader finishes this volume with the suspicion that it was a rushed and cursory project, turned out quickly in an effort to catch the coattails of Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris.
Faith thrives when a society frays.
Can this be why America is so religious? People are and have always been afraid?
The most pressing issue for most American voters is the utter precariousness of their lives — perched above an abyss of debt, one major illness or mortgage crunch away from destitution — so how is it that religion has rushed into the heart of a nation founded on the principles of the agnostic enlightenment?
Terrorism’s New Signature.
Why don't we hear much about hindu terrorists? Read this article in an Indian newspaper.
Whether it be the suicide bombers of LTTE or the jihadists of Al Qaeda or ET guerillas working for a Basque region or the remnants of the Khalistani terrorists or for that matter terrorism unleashed by groups owning allegiance to the Hindutva brigade, the phenomenon of terrorism could be said to span every community or country in different measures.
Secularism is Worse than Terrorism?
Apparently WE atheists are worse than the fundies, according to Peter Mullen anyways.
Far worse than the threat from international terrorism is the aggressive process of secularization
Evangelicals latest fad, the New Monastic Movement.
Well, there are women and whole families as well, but I guess monastic sounds better.
Theirs was a radical vision, but also a trendy one, part of the New Monastic movement sweeping white, suburban evangelicals. In the last few years, perhaps 100 communities like the Billings house have been founded across the country, and hundreds of Christians have attended workshops to learn of the concept.
And another on the same topic
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Richard Dawkins on Ayaan Hirsi
Professor Dawkins gives a short youtube speech on Ayaan.
Losing their Religion.
An article in Psychology Today talks about members of the clergy who lose their faith.
Three months ago, McAllister, who is presented pseudonymously here, took his crisis to the bishop. He'd lost the faith, he explained, and he wanted out.
"Oh you're not quitting," she said, waving her hand dismissively. "You haven't lost your faith."
"Um, yeah I have," McAllister said. "This is for real."
Ban criticism of religion?
A proposal by Kuwait to make this illegal internationally.
Kuwait's National Assembly Speaker Jassem Al-Kharafi called Sunday for the passing of international legislation penalizing those who insult heavenly religions or religious icons. Speaking to KUNA on the sidelines of the 10th session of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States (PUOICM), he said the Kuwaiti parliament had adopted such a proposal at the meeting of the Arab Interim Parliament (AIP), where it was approved with consensus.
Penn Jillette on education.
The magician speaks about education and being a skeptic.
The New York Post reported Sunday that during an interview with the newspaper, the star of the Showtime series "Bulls**t!" said that discussing skepticism typically involves educated individuals rather than pure sensationalism.
Secular Americans opening the door for Nazis???
Huckabee is at it again, damnit why can’t Canadian politics be this insane?
To a gathering of right wing Christians on Friday, Huckabee proclaimed that, if his vision for a Christian-run American government is not achieved, the United States could go the way of Nazi Germany.
And on a slighty different note, a couple of you readers have asked for more articles from outside of America ON America. In that vein, I present this article, written by Europeans who have visited America on the differences socially speaking.