challenging religious privilege in public life

Paul Cliteur

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 Limits of Free Speech

For fear of a “Clash of Civilizations”, the Western world increasingly backs down on human rights, and freedom of speech in particular.

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.

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.

Advocates Are Fighting For A Burqa-Free Europe. Will They Get It?

Advocates for a burqa-free Europe have faced vigorous opposition from those who claim burqa bans encourage anti-Muslim stereotyping.

“Who Are You to Tell Believers What to Believe?”

The ultimate goal in the process of trying to understand what people believe is to make fruitful communication possible.

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.

The History of Agnosticism

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

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.

Is There Another Way to Discover the Truth than by Free Discussion?

Many people (including the Pope) think that if speech is left free, false views will generally be more easily adopted than true ones.