Council of Ex-Muslims in UK

There's an interesting group that was recently formed, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. Other European countries (Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavian countries) also have such councils, formed by and appealing to secular people from Muslim backgrounds.This short speech by Maryam Namazie is particularly interesting:Such groups appear to defend an aggressive, affirmative sense of secularism. I am very sympathetic to such a view, but it perhaps works better in the context of countries such as … [Read more...]

Mother Teresa’s crisis of faith

During her life, Mother Teresa wrote numerous letters which she asked to be burned upon her death. They were not burned, but have instead been published in the book Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light. These letters show that "for the last nearly half-century of her life she felt no presence of God whatsoever." At one point, she wrote that she had been driven to doubt the existence of God.This adds a new perspective to Christopher Hitchens' critiques of Mother Teresa for her hypocrisy in his book … [Read more...]

A Brief Comment on Mark Nowacki’s Recent Book on the KCA

When I learned in November 2006 that Prometheus Press would soon publish The Kalam Cosmological Argument for God [TKCAG] by Mark R. Nowacki, I immediately placed an order with Amazon Books. I was therefore very pleased to have finally received my copy in the first week of August of this year despite several unexplained deferments of the publication date. I had been looking forward to reading TKCAG because of my own keen interest in the KCA, as is evidenced by my article on that subject (“The K … [Read more...]

Scientific books or religious scriptures?

A Turkish journalist interviewing me pointed out, in a question he asked me, a recent poll published in Turkey. According to this poll, 59% of people who voted for AKP (the moderate Islamist party who won an overwhelming victory in elections in July) said that religious scriptures were more important than scientific books in order to understand the world and the universe.Not very surprising, even though I have no idea about the quality of the poll, and I'm sure that as always, different ways of … [Read more...]

The religious state of Islamic science

The Secular Outpost's Taner Edis is interviewed in a feature story at Salon.com about "The religious state of Islamic science," a subject which he is extremely qualified to comment on.Also check out his book, An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam (2007, Prometheus Books). … [Read more...]

The Best and Brightest Fanatics

An op-ed I wrote about Islam, "The Best and Brightest Fanatics," has been published in a number of newspapers internationally. I thought the Secular Outpost readership might enjoy it as well.The sobering thought is that this op-ed, a short piece where I can do very little with detail and nuance, and where I address a topic of current newsworthy interest rather than something that I really care about deeply and work upon, has reached the largest audience among everything I have ever written. … [Read more...]

Possible Worlds and the PSR

On his Dangerous Idea blog Victor Reppert quotes an argument that supports a version of the Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR). When philosophers start going on about possible worlds, I usually catch a whiff of snake oil. Such is the case here. This is the argument: ReppertIn the book In Defense of Natural Theology (IVP, 2005), Garrett DeWeese and Joshua Rasmussen wrote an essay entitled “Hume and the Kalam Cosmological Argument.” defend a version of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, which th … [Read more...]


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