Bertrand Russell was an agnostic. Agnosticism has always attracted people who scorn the straightforwardness of the atheist position.
The outright rejection of the idea of scriptural authority seems to be more straightforward and intellectually promising than any alternative.
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.
An atheist is someone who denies the existence of a god with certain characteristics. In other words: he denies the existence of “God”.
In an age of international religious terrorism divine command morality poses considerable problems for the maintenance of the political order.
How can this dispute about the relationship between religion and violence be resolved? Or will this always remain a matter of opinion?
Rushdie was targeted not only by terrorists who wanted to punish him for his blasphemous novel, but also by public intellectuals.
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.
The fact that Abraham could have made a different choice from the one he actually made does not exculpate the tradition itself.