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Religion in America

Dahlia Lithwick in <i>Slate</i>:<p>[Justice Anthony] Kennedy and Justice Samuel Alito relentlessly characterize religion as an essentially peaceful, civilizing, …

The inherent strength of religion cannot mask the fragility of Christian belief in Britain

Terry Eagleton, the Marxist literary critic, has been something of a hero of mine since the publication of his <i>Reason, Faith and Revolution</i>, a thoroughgoing demolition of the Richard Dawkins critique of religion – on the sound basis that Prof Dawkins didn’t know what he was talking about – and his …

Atheists didn't fail to expel God from schools. They proved they are a religion | Andrew Brown

A group of humanists wanted to eliminate 'under god' from the Pledge of Allegiance. They lost in the most interesting way<p>It's always amusing for an outsider to see the way in which Americans treat their constitutional documents as a sacred text, and then the knots into which they get tied when said …

Inside Park View academy: Religion row school 'is victim of its success'

Hasan Sajad is a year-11 student at Park View academy in Birmingham. He should be thinking about sitting his GCSEs shortly, but his school's emergence at the centre of a political furore about alleged Islamist takeovers has given him something else to worry about: his future.<p>"There's a chance we …

Al-Sisi stakes claim on religion, values and principles in Egypt

This work by Middle East Monitor is licensed under a <i>Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License</i>. If the image(s) …

The Myth of a 'War on Religion'

A recent study found liberals were more likely to fib about attending services—showing there's still a greater stigma against atheism than belief.<p>Last week, the Public Religion Research Institute published a study showing that Americans want their fellow citizens to think they are more religiously …

If religion doesn't start wars, it's clear it can make some conflicts harder to solve

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has put up a haunting video in which he talks of his experiences in South Sudan over a montage of clips showing corpses and grieving survivors. One shot shows Archbishop Deng, the leader of the Anglican church there, praying with the leaders of the two …

Better than Scientology? The new Zuckerberg-based religion

If you live in the Bay Area and suddenly, momentarily, lose your self-belief, there is always a religion to pick you up.<p>You have a choice of either the established organizations, with their ornate meeting places, or you have the more modern faiths, which might have as their foundation anything from …

3 Major Stumbling Blocks in the Science and Religion Debate

Why is the discourse about science and religion so utterly unproductive?<p>Almost every day, we hear about school boards fighting against scientific literacy, or screeds about how religion brainwashes our children. Why is it so hard for us to talk about religion and science in any meaningful and …

Losing Our Religion: Is the Internet to Blame?

New research shows that more and more of us are not identifying with a religion. According to MIT, only 8% of the US population did not have a …