Debates

I was recently offered an opportunity to debate a creationist, on the existence of God. I was intrigued by the idea at first, but then I took some advice and turned it down. There's a stereotype of scientists taking on creationists with the naive notion of presenting some basic science and contributing something to the public understanding of science. They then discover that a debate with a creationist is a totally different proposition. I admit, I have no experience with formal debates with … [Read more...]

New Chick Tract

More of a tangential tract complaining about Bibles with alleged missing verses. … [Read more...]

It’s all in the interpretation

More woman-friendly interpretations of Islam may be penetrating into the grassroots more and more. For example, in an interview, Zakia Nizami Soman of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, "a movement of Muslim women across India struggling for their citizenship rights," says:Islam speaks of a God who is just. The Quran has given women equal rights and equal dignity. We are as much God's followers as men are. The problem arises not from the Quran but from distorted, patriarchal interpretations … [Read more...]

When is a religious public sphere acceptable?

My default view of religion and public life is hard-core secularist: the less our public conversations are conditioned by supernatural beliefs, the better.Having said that, I also have to acknowledge that the current reputation of secularism among political thinkers is ambiguous at best. Many religious people don't like secularism. That isn't surprising, but many religious thinkers have been more successful lately in pressing their view that secularism illegitimately handicaps people of strong … [Read more...]


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