Judaism, Christendom, and Islam differ in some aspects. But none of these differences can hide the similarity in their understanding of God.
For fear of a “Clash of Civilizations”, the Western world increasingly backs down on human rights, and freedom of speech in particular.
In an age of international religious terrorism divine command morality poses considerable problems for the maintenance of the political order.
The fact that Abraham could have made a different choice from the one he actually made does not exculpate the tradition itself.
Advocates for a burqa-free Europe have faced vigorous opposition from those who claim burqa bans encourage anti-Muslim stereotyping.
The ultimate goal in the process of trying to understand what people believe is to make fruitful communication possible.
The outright rejection of the idea of scriptural authority seems to be more straightforward and intellectually promising than any alternative.
Bertrand Russell was an agnostic. Agnosticism has always attracted people who scorn the straightforwardness of the atheist position.
Rushdie was targeted not only by terrorists who wanted to punish him for his blasphemous novel, but also by public intellectuals.
Many people (including the Pope) think that if speech is left free, false views will generally be more easily adopted than true ones.