challenging religious privilege in public life

Paul Cliteur

Atheism or Non-Theism?

It may be true that science cannot establish whether God exists or not, but that does not mean that we cannot argue about the matter.

Freedom of speech as the second pillar of freethought

What should the reaction of open or liberal societies be to the assault we experience on the principles on which they are based?

The Foundations of Militant Democracy

We have to be on our guard against the forces that undermine democracy. If liberal democracy is to survive we need militant democracy.

What Judaism, Christendom, and Islam Have in Common: Theism

Judaism, Christendom, and Islam differ in some aspects. But none of these differences can hide the similarity in their understanding of God.

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?