A Theory of Us

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Religion, Philosophically Speaking

For all of its popularity and significance, the case for the truth of religion is far from clear...

Christianity: statistics

Christianity is the world's most popular religion. From transubstantiation to sex before marriage, what do Christians believe?

Islam: statistics

Islam is the world's second most popular religion. From the status of the Quran to the morality of terrorism, what do Muslims around the world believe? 

The Divine Tragedy

When you stand back from it a little bit, the god depicted in the pages of revelation is quite far from divine in character...

Is Islam Violent? The Answer Isn't as Simple as Many Think

[External article] The role of Islam in causing violence can be likened to dangerous corner on a road—it can be part of the explanation of a crash, but it may not be the only relevant causal factor. 

Maajid Nawaz and the Reform of Islam

[External article] Some see hope for Islam in the fact that there are many ways to interpret the Quran. However, not all of them are equal...

Reza Aslan, Religion, and Moral Influence

[External article] Does religion shape the way people morally see the world? Some think the answer is no, and that people merely believe out of their religions what they bring to them. There are good reasons to think religion does exert an independent causal effect, however...


The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life? If our lives have some kind of spiritual meaning, what is the most plausible understanding to take of that? 

Connection in Being

Surprising conclusions can be drawn about both human beings and god from the philosophy of identity. It all starts with beavers, spiders, and termites...

Reconceiving God

Great revolutions in thought have happened from time to time throughout history. One of the most important of all is still needed...




Who Cares?

[External article] Our ability to feel compassion is tightly linked to our ability to imagine ourselves in someone else's shoes. However, feeling for others also takes courage...

In Their Rush to Blame Religion, New Atheists Overlook Evil

[External article] Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg once famously said "with or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil — that takes religion." Reflections from psychology and history show that Weinberg was very much wrong.

The Fragility of Good

Human beings are prone to moral error. Are there grounds in this fact for seeing merit in religion?

The Many Faces of the Burqa

[External article] The burqa/niqab is not merely a symbol of female oppression, it is an instrument of it. While unfortunate, this does not necessarily mean it should be banned... 

Quantifying the Terrorist Threat

[External article] Statistics have been used in recent years to try and show that the threat from religious terrorism is small when compared with other kinds of events. These statistics need to be interpreted carefully, however...