challenging religious privilege in public life

Paul Cliteur

Kant’s Struggle with Moral Autonomy and Free Speech

Kant’s position on moral autonomy does not fundamentally differ from that of Thomas Paine, but he put it far less bluntly than Paine did.

How to Modernize Religious Traditions

Moral autonomy and the rejection of divine command ethics are possible within the framework of a religious worldview.

Can Translation Mitigate All Immoral Passages in Scripture?

For apologists of religion, the violence in Scripture is only superficially there. It has to do with the "translation" of the text in question.

The Postmodern Interpretation of Religious Terrorism

The answer of postmodern cultural relativism is: refrain from criticism. Be reticent to comment on unfamiliar religions.

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.

Faith and Ethics: Abraham and Isaac

The story of Abraham obliges us to reconsider the relationship between faith and ethics. It also presents us with many theological questions.

State and religion against the backdrop of religious radicalism

Under the present conditions of religious radicalism, the religiously neutral or secular state has better prospects than multiculturalism.

Self-Defence And Terrorism

We hear it said we are witnessing a “clash of civilizations”. The most important question, however, is the following: can the problem be solved?

The Deontological and Utilitarian Justifications for Free Speech

All new ideas were, in a way, won over hurt feelings, shattered worldviews – all new ideas generated resistance and opposition.

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?