Archive: September 23, 2007 - September 29, 2007
Bill Clinton should have been a preacher. Nobody finds the poetry to connect private lives with public purpose the way Clinton does.
By Eboo Patel | September 29, 2007; 3:43 PM ET | Comments (52)
I would suggest that Mr. Hitchens read a good book: professor of sociology Rodney Starks' The Victory of Reason. It might embarrass Mr. Hitchens in his ranting and raving, but probably not.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | September 29, 2007; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (32)
Hitchens' statement is fully protected by the First Amendment. He's got every right to declare his opinion. So does the guy wearing the "Yankees Suck" t-shirt.
By Gustav Niebuhr | September 29, 2007; 7:23 AM ET | Comments (111)
We could substitute the word 'atheism' for 'religion' in Hitchens' quote and it would still work.
By Nicholas T. Wright | September 28, 2007; 10:25 PM ET | Comments (53)
One is led to ask Mr. Hitchens some questions. Where are the great atheist-sponsored charitable and reform movements? Where are the atheist children homes and orphanages? Where are the atheist leaders who are taking vows of poverty and giving themselves in sacrificial service to others?
By Richard Land | September 28, 2007; 7:22 AM ET | Comments (298)
Religion can indeed be, "violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children." It does not, however, have to be.
By Pamela K. Taylor | September 28, 2007; 7:08 AM ET | Comments (67)
Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism were all efforts to expunge all religions. Out of their experiments, scores and scores of millions were tortured or killed.
By Martin Marty | September 28, 2007; 6:54 AM ET | Comments (73)
Being stocked stem to stern with incredible ideas, the world's religions have had to find some way to circumvent reason, without repudiating it.
By Sam Harris | September 27, 2007; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (617)
God has nothing to do with religion. What God has everything to do with is relationships.
By Cal Thomas | September 26, 2007; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (86)
The image that kept coming into my mind as I was reading Mr. Hitchens’ book God is Not Great is of a large child stamping his foot and screaming in rage because things aren’t going his way. “Religion Poisons Everything!” he rants. Everything? Really, Christopher, every single thing? I doubt it.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | September 26, 2007; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (33)
Here is the question for Muslims as they become a broadly politically active community: are they interested in the American promise only for themselves, or will they seek to expand it for everyone?
By Eboo Patel | September 26, 2007; 8:47 AM ET | Comments (196)
The Supreme Court has been clear that religious beliefs don't have to be popular, logical, consistent or reasonable to receive First Amendment protection
By J. Brent Walker | September 24, 2007; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (601)
Cult is a way of saying "you are not like us, the good guys, and don't you forget it."
By Kathleen Flake | September 24, 2007; 8:58 AM ET | Comments (22)
For a movement to be considered a religion in its own right it surely must have a relatively coherent worldview, a system of thought, that is different on some very basic matters from other movements that want to inform us...
By Richard Mouw | September 24, 2007; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (43)
Imagine you are an Iraqi reading news reports of the Jena 6 and the "white tree" and you start wondering if there are Sunni and Shia trees.
By Eboo Patel | September 24, 2007; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (82)