‘Religious faith has no quarrel with science. It seeks a spiritual truth, not a scientific or historical fact.’… Read the rest
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Otherwise the plane might fall down, you see.… Read the rest
Is this true?
What is missing from the book is much sense of what a world without religion, or one that had not had religion in it, might look like. Lots of the principles that Mr Hitchens holds dear, like tolerance and justice, are secularised versions of religious ideas.
Are tolerance and justice secularised versions of religious ideas? What does that in fact mean? I suppose that the ideas originated in religion and that no one ever thought of them independently of religion, though they have now become partially secularized, but only partially since there are always people saying they are in fact religious. But is that true? I don’t believe it. I think people were able to and did … Read the rest
Something I wonder about – Jonathan Derbyshire commenting on something Chris Dillow said:
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“I should stress here that my beef is not with religion as such. It’s about the role it should play in politics. In an egalitarian polity, in which people should be persuaded rationally of policies, religion should have no place – even if it is true. Religion might motivate political beliefs, but it shouldn’t, and needn’t, be the public justification for them.”
In other words, the truth or otherwise of religious beliefs is irrelevant to the question whether they should play a role in public deliberation. So the putatively religious roots of Gordon Brown’s egalitarianism oughtn’t to worry us so long as they play no role
These are dark times for those of us who believe that the free exchange of ideas is a prerequisite of democracy.… Read the rest
The resolution cited ‘the complicity of Israeli academia’ in the occupation of Palestinian lands.… Read the rest
Delegates at conference of new University and College Union voted three to two to recommend boycotts.… Read the rest
Indifference to the lives and health of women has never been seriously considered as a reason for any boycott.… Read the rest
‘Very often in life the implementation of one right conflicts with the ability to implement another.’… Read the rest
Does philosophy provide a language through which people can communicate even if they do not accept each other’s religious commitments?… Read the rest
Well it would, wouldn’t it.… Read the rest
Cardinal has been frustrated by ‘the marginalisation of Christian values in public affairs.’… Read the rest
They will be suspected of spying if they interact with foreign institutions or attend international conferences.… Read the rest
With the arrival of spring, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s police have launched this year their traditional crackdown on women’s dress. Such crackdowns have become a regular feature of life for Iranian women. The crackdown is to force women to respect the strict Islamic dress code.
Under Iran’s Islamic laws (Sharia) women are obliged to cover their body from head- to-toe with a black chador or at least long, loose-fitting clothes to disguise their whole figures. The Islamic dress code is severely imposed at this time. Violators can receive lashes, fines or imprisonment.
Since the existence of the IRI, not a day has passed without attack, physical assault, arrest, acid-throwing, harassment and psychological pressure on women in Iran. The IRI … Read the rest
Tom Hickey, philosophy lecturer at Brighton University, is proposing the motion. … Read the rest
Was scheduled to speak at Imperial College, canceled because of NUJ boycott of Israeli products.… Read the rest
Debate by delegates to the University and College Union is likely to spark international condemnation.… Read the rest
Neighbours had called the police because the babies’ screams constantly emanated from the apartment.… Read the rest
‘There have to be boundaries in how far you go in respecting other’s beliefs.’ Or else.… Read the rest