On Engaging Atheists on College Campuses – An Interview with a Sikh/Hindu Interfaith Activist

Meet Tahil Sharma.Although Tahil and I have worked together on the North American Interfaith Network for over a year now, we had yet to meet in person until last month, when we attended the Parliament of World Religions conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. As we sat down for langar each day, I came to learn of his inspiring interfaith work on his university campus, as well as his perspective on working across the religious/non-religious divide. And thus we have arrived here on Non Prophet … [Read more...]

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An Interview With Zachary Gallant

"In faraway places with strange sounding namesPeople live in fear of the soldiers and planes,The thunder of hundreds of thousands of boots,The rat-tat-tat-tat of their guns as they shoot.A family’s home, where they’ve lived all their lifeCan disappear in the course of one single night." And thus, war begins--or, in this case, a children's book about the subject.  War: A Children's Book is a new conflict resolution project from author Zachary Gallant and illustrator Jenna Frome. Zach, who attende … [Read more...]

Interfaith literacy: Omar Sarwar on religious violence

On Monday, we posted the second of three parts of an interview with Omar Sarwar. Sarwar is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University who wrote a piece for Huffington Post that thoroughly debunked some of Bill Maher and Sam Harris’ go-to talking points about Islam. I’ve learned a lot from Sarwar about Islam, atheism, and everything in between, and I hope you will as well. If you missed the first part, you can find that here. And here's a link to the second one. This post elaborates on Sarwar's … [Read more...]

Interfaith literacy: Omar Sarwar on utilitarianism and atheism’s “old white guy” image

On Friday, we posted the first of three parts of an interview with Omar Sarwar. Sarwar is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University who wrote a piece for Huffington Post that thoroughly debunked some of Bill Maher and Sam Harris’ go-to talking points about Islam.I've learned a lot from Sarwar about Islam, atheism, and everything in between, and I hope you will as well.If you missed the first part, you can find that here. This post picks up in the middle of a conversation about Sam Har … [Read more...]

Interfaith literacy: A chat with Omar Sarwar on Islam & atheism, pt 1

Back in November, Omar Sarwar, who is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, wrote a piece for Huffington Post that thoroughly debunked some of Bill Maher and Sam Harris' go-to talking points about Islam. After he showed up to engage our readers in discussion about his piece, we figured that Sarwar had a lot more to contribute to this conversation.We asked him a few questions about himself, about his academic work, and about his views on the relationship between Muslims and … [Read more...]

Interview with James Croft on interfaith and FergusonOctober

As the month of October is coming to a close, we at NonProphet Status want to turn attention back to the FergusonOctober movement. Although the media has long since moved on, the systemic discrimination that sparked those protests, as well as the local activism, persists. Let’s not lose sight of that.On Sunday October 12, thousands joined together at St. Louis University for an interfaith service and call-to-action called the Mass Meeting. The event was part of FergusonOctober—a series of pea … [Read more...]

Get to know Andreas, our writer and guest editor

I am in the middle of what's probably the two busiest weeks of work I can expect until next fall. Using a mobile research center, my lab sets up annually for the North Carolina State Fair, which typically attracts more than a million visitors each year. After prepping this week and with a small army of help, I'll be in running a few dozen studies and collecting data from a few thousand visitors from a more diverse population than psych researchers typically have access to. It's all very e … [Read more...]