• July 15, 2011

    This weekend I am speaking alongside others at a conference on 'The Place of Religion in Public Life', bringing together Humanist, Christian and Muslim contributors to a day of discussion about negoti

  • June 10, 2011

    After the surrender of the Japanese empire in 1945, Gen Douglas MacArthur, sought to inculcate beliefs ranging from Christianity to Freemasonry.

  • June 9, 2011

    If the modern secular state has depended for its conceptualisation on the related concept of 'religion' as a private right of faith in unseen mystical powers separated from the state, then so have those modern discourses which construct “political and socio-economic forces”, and are thereby in danger of reifying them, says Timothy Fitzgerald. He assesses some key arguments in Scott M. Thomas's widely praised book The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations: The Struggle for the Soul of the Twenty-First Century.

  • April 21, 2011
  • March 22, 2011

    A new UK opinion poll shows why the census question on religion is fatally flawed for its intended purpose of planning public services, say Humanists.

  • March 10, 2011

    The assumption that there is some essential distinction between 'religious' and 'non-religious' domains – which is still today a globalising discourse – is an ideological construct which takes on an appearance of naturalness and inevitability, says Timothy Fitzgerald. When such generalised assumptions are taken into the field of international relations they cause further difficulties.

  • March 7, 2011

    Religion changes and mutates. Some of these religious mutations can be positively harmful in a changing Middle East. But other religious innovations can help religion accommodate itself to modernity, says Ahmad Sadri. It doesn’t matter whether a society has or does not have religion per se. What is important is what kind of religion or irreligion pervades in that society.

  • March 7, 2011

    Certainty sells in both science and religion, says former priest Mark Vernon. It can also be enormously damaging. But as Thomas Aquinas realised, the best we can do when talking about God is to understand what God is not, and be open to what God might be, beyond our comprehension. It’s also known as faith.

  • March 7, 2011
  • January 23, 2011

    Religious leaders in Britain must make themselves more available to journalists to provide "authentic, mainstream" views, says a leading Muslim.