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Imagine 7: A Secular Retreat – A Report from the Field, Part Two

by Matt Sheedy For part one in this series of posts, see here. Imagine 7: A Secular Retreat, which I recently attended in Toronto from June 2-4, is the seventh annual Imagine No Religion conference that was started by Bill Ligertwood and … Continue reading

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Imagine 7: A Secular Retreat – A Report from the Field, Part One

by Matt Sheedy The very popular Imagine No Religion conference/convention and gathering for atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and non-believers of all stripes is being held this year in Toronto, the first time the yearly event has journeyed from its British Columbia … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of How Religiosity Reduces Anxiety

by Matthew Facciani Popular authors such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have accrued notoriety by discussing the negative effects of religious belief. Such polemical figures and their followers often focus on the truth-value of religion while speculating its impact … Continue reading

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Reza Aslan’s Theory of Religion and Politics

by Simon Frankel Pratt * This post original appeared on the author’s blog. As talking heads in the media once again make problematic, ultra-general claims about Islam’s supposed essential bellicosity, or attribute to Islamic texts and practice the power to make … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Islam and the Politics of Multicultural Identity, Part 1

by Matt Sheedy The term firestorm would not be overstating the media reaction to the recent debate between Ben Affleck, Sam Harris, and Bill Maher on Maher’s HBO program, Real Time. In part one of this series of posts, I … Continue reading

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Religion Clichés #3 and #4

by Tenzan Eaghll Note: This post is the second in a series that seeks to summarize some of the clichés associated with religion. It is framed as a critique of a 1972 article by Ninian Smart. For the first post … Continue reading

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Sam Harris: You Are My Data

by Matt Sheedy As a scholar of religions, I find your arguments about religion both frustrating and wrongheaded, which is a sentiment that is shared by most of my colleagues, though often for different reasons. Your recent post, “Why I … Continue reading

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