An atheist is someone who denies the existence of a god with certain characteristics. In other words: he denies the existence of “God”.
For apologists of religion, the violence in Scripture is only superficially there. It has to do with the "translation" of the text in question.
It seems that the nature of the rejection of atheism has changed, but there still is, so it seems, a widespread condemnation of it.
People’s motives for developing an atheist position are often grounded in a laudable type of engagement and not in disillusion.
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.
Advocates for a burqa-free Europe have faced vigorous opposition from those who claim burqa bans encourage anti-Muslim stereotyping.
In the 1960s and 1970s many people seemed inclined to think that freedom of speech was vitally important. Nowadays, it is less popular.
The most fruitful definition of atheism is a negative one: an atheist does not believe in the god that theism favours.
The postmodern relativistic – or nihilistic – position makes Western societies easy prey for the ideology of radical Islamism.