Sexual Identity Politics and Religious Freedom in a Secular Age

Apr 29, 2019 by

by Gerard V Bradley, Public Discourse: For the first time in American history, it has become respectable to publicly oppose religious liberty and its supreme value in our polity. This unprecedented turn is ominous. It will not only diminish our constitutional law. It will remap our common life, for religious liberty has always been a linchpin of our political culture. Religious liberty was planted in America by Protestants working on distinctively Protestant soil. Their handiwork was...

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History Burning Before Our Eyes: The Tragedy of Notre Dame and the Soul of Modern France

Apr 17, 2019 by

by Albert Mohler: History burned before our eyes. One of the most important architectural achievements of western civilization endured catastrophic damage from a raging fire. The victim of this great tragedy was Notre Dame Cathedral—a nearly 900-year-old masterpiece in the center of the city of Paris. Notre Dame’s iconic image is more than a feat of architectural genius; the cathedral stood as an essential monolith of French identity, western civilization, and the central role of Christianity...

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Nonreligious surge hits already deeply secular United Kingdom

Apr 16, 2019 by

by Rick Snedeker, Patheos: Citizens of the United Kingdom, already generally far more secular than their American “cousins,” have grown exponentially even less religious in the past few years, according to a new report from the Humanists UK. In its April 9 newsletter, the organization reported that the number of Britons — citizens of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — “increased by a staggering 46 percent over the past seven years, making non-religious people the fastest growing...

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The Most Anti-Christian Country on Earth

Mar 10, 2019 by

by John Waters, First Things: The Taoiseach (to outsiders, Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar) recently responded to a call for crucifixes to be removed from the walls of Irish hospitals: Charities and religious bodies that run hospitals and such should have regard for the fact that in modern Ireland there’s now diversity of views on religion and so on. It is the 21st century; a lot of patients, a lot of kids aren’t religious, maybe aren’t Roman Catholic and the ethos of...

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From Astrology to Cult Politics—the Many Ways We Try (and Fail) to Replace Religion

Dec 28, 2018 by

by Clay Routledge, Quillette: If you count yourself among the secularists cheering for the demise of religion, it isn’t hard to find comforting statistics. Nearly every survey of the state of religion in my own country, the United States, presents a similar picture of faith in decline. Compared to their parents and grandparents, Americans are less likely to self-identify as religious, attend religious services, or engage in religious practices such as daily prayer. Full-blown atheism is still...

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America’s New Religions

Dec 11, 2018 by

by Andrew Sullivan, NY Magazine: Everyone has a religion. It is, in fact, impossible not to have a religion if you are a human being. It’s in our genes and has expressed itself in every culture, in every age, including our own secularized husk of a society. By religion, I mean something quite specific: a practice not a theory; a way of life that gives meaning, a meaning that cannot really be defended without recourse to some transcendent value, undying “Truth” or God (or gods). Which is to...

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