challenging religious privilege in public life

Paul Cliteur

The History of Agnosticism

Bertrand Russell was an agnostic. Agnosticism has always attracted people who scorn the straightforwardness of the atheist position.

Why Are “Moderates” so Reluctant to Criticize Religion?

The outright rejection of the idea of scriptural authority seems to be more straightforward and intellectually promising than any alternative.

Khomeini v. Rushdie

Many people are under the spell of historicism when they tell us that for the Arabic world is it “too early” to expect liberal democracy.

A Definition of Atheism: Atheism as A-theism

An atheist is someone who denies the existence of a god with certain characteristics. In other words: he denies the existence of “God”.

Faith and Ethics: The Story of Jephtha

In an age of international religious terrorism divine command morality poses considerable problems for the maintenance of the political order.

How to Discover a Relationship between Religion and Violence

How can this dispute about the relationship between religion and violence be resolved? Or will this always remain a matter of opinion?

Freedom of Expression and Religion: Salman Rushdie’s Critics

Rushdie was targeted not only by terrorists who wanted to punish him for his blasphemous novel, but also by public intellectuals.

Freedom of Speech and Philosophers on the Index

Countless books now considered indispensable works of the Western tradition were for a long time suppressed by the Catholic Church.

The Rudi Carrell Affair and its significance for the tension between theoterrorism and religious satire

Rudi Carrell (1934–2006) was a Dutch‐born television personality who became one of the most beloved show masters on German television.

Command Ethics or Divine Command Ethics?

The fact that Abraham could have made a different choice from the one he actually made does not exculpate the tradition itself.