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Quebec gears up for a momentous election

Margaret Somerville | 24 March 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: Canada, euthanasia, Parti Quebecois, secularism
By supporting both euthanasia and secularism, the Parti Québécois threatens to tear Canada apart.


Why Christian ideals are the foundation of a secular society

Michael Kirke | 04 March 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: Christianity, history, secularism
Secularism is Europe’s noblest achievement and Christianity’s gift to the world, says an Oxford don.


For academics, religion is a conflict of interests

Margaret Somerville | 26 November 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: religious freedom, secularism, Wikipedia
A campaign against a bioethics professor turns very nasty.


Is Quebec creating a secular utopia?

Margaret Somerville | 03 September 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: Canada, laïcité, Quebec, secularism
Has the Parti Québécois reflected on the dismal record of utopian thinking in the 20th Century?


Disappointment in Strasbourg

Peter Smith | 17 January 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: religious freedom, secularism, UK
Religious freedom in the UK takes another hit in the courts.


The Unintended Reformation

Charles J. Chaput | 16 November 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, Reformation, secularism
The long-term effect of the Reformation was to create "the kingdom of whatever", a world where meaning is self-invented and meaninglessness is the public philosophy.


“Soon our happy hearts will quiver”

Michael Cook | 16 October 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: bioethics, secularism, transhumanism
Are bioethicists reviving mediaeval inquiries into how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?


A second look at Chariots of Fire

Susan Hanssen | 31 July 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: films, Olympics, religious freedom, secularism
The film's Olympic heroes face a common enemy: the bland pseudo-tolerance of secular humanism.


A more religious future?

Marcus Roberts | 24 May 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: 2012 elections, birth rates, culture wars, religion in public square, secularism
Thanks to demography, the 21st century will see a rise in religious belief throughout the world.


A naturally conservative nation

Thomas C. Reeves | 26 August 2011 | FEATURES |
tags: conservatism, liberalism, secularism
In a recent Gallup poll, only 21 per cent of Americans called themselves liberals.


Who are the real fundamentalists?

Gudrun Kugler | 19 July 2011 | FEATURES |
tags: fundamentalism, religious freedom, secularism
Secularists who want to evict religion from the public square are strong contenders for the label.


Ways out of the Christian ghetto

Joseph Weiler | 04 February 2011 | FEATURES |
tags: Christianity, Christianophobia, religious freedom, secularism
A Jewish scholar reflects on what can reverse the retreat of Christians before militant secularism.


Pope and change

Sheila Liaugminas | 09 November 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
tags: Pope Benedict, Sagrada Familia, secularism, Spain apostolic visit

Benedict always has an incisive but gentle message for any country he visits, any culture he addresses. Which he really intends for larger society as a whole….



Secularity vs secularism: an enlightening distinction

Jerome di Costanzo and Rémi Brague | 07 October 2010 | FEATURES |
tags: atheism, secularism, secularity
Who invented the secular state? A professor of religious philosophy from the Sorbonne gives a surprising answer.


Whistling past the graveyard

Dwight G. Duncan | 20 July 2010 | FEATURES |
tags: public discourse, secularism
Why is public debate so shallow, impoverished and pointless? A new book contends that reason has been exiled and replaced by mere reasonableness.


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