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Secularism and religion

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments

A Sufi myth: Fourth Ways,…and The Great Freedom Sutra I need to rewrite this essay without the allusion to ‘fourth ways’ and sufism, but the point is clear that there future dimension to ‘religion’ is beyond religion, and that secular society has all the potential for a religious culture, except better. The historical position of […]

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Tags: secularism · The Eonic Effect

Redemptive religions misunderstood

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Take Me to the River (or Somewhere Nearby) By Robert Wright You know the powers that be are trying to propagandize anti-religion when figures such as Robert Wright get so much free air time. Beware of such people. They make fundamentalists look brilliant. Beware of Wright’s formulation. He says he spent a decade researching religion. […]

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Tags: Science & Religion · secularism · The Axial Age

Darwinism damaging secularism beyond repair?

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Alternet on Meyer James said, July 23, 2009 at 12:04 pm · “But lying won’t help, not at all, and this charade of Darwinists has almost damaged secular credibility beyond repair.” Almost? Face it, the chance is gone and it is too late for these “secularists” to turn back on their Darwinian foundation […]

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Tags: Evolution · secularism

Secular Society and its Enemies

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Panel Discussion – Dawkins, Tyson, Druyan, Stenger, Grothe Center For Inquiry from Dawkins site This panel discussion took place at a Center for Inquiry – New York City conference titled “Secular Society and its Enemies.” The panel discusses a wide variety of topics, including, science, science education, the nature of science, the correct political methodology […]

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Islam, Protestantism, and secularism

July 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Comment on Conservative Confusion of Western Civilization…. James said, July 20, 2009 at 5:53 pm · ” Islam has exactly the potential that emerged with Protestantism from Catholicism to be a secular religious matrix in the context of modernization. In fact, it might be too fair to hope for such an outcome in what seems […]

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Conservative confusion of Western civilization, vs Islam

July 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

History, and histories, of Islam The problem with many of these critics of Islam, such as Spencer, mentioned in one of the comments, is that they drift into a right-wing perspective and then become proponents of ‘Western Civilization’ (whatever that is) and defenders of Christian traditionalism and religion against Islam, the status of secularism remaining […]

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Tags: globalization · History · Islam · secularism · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

The meaning of secularism

July 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Islamophobe… One of the confusions of secularism lies in thinking it is an ‘ism’, or that the ‘Enlightenment’ is a ‘secular doctrine’ to which one might assign belief. I recommend a look at the eonic effect. So-called secularists in the West are behind the eight-ball just as much as anyone else, viz. Muslims in the […]

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Thwarted secularization

July 13th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Islamic Civilization in Peril By ALI A. ALLAWI I was born into a mildly observant Muslim family in Iraq. At that time, the 1950s, secularism was ascendant among the political, cultural, and intellectual elites of the Middle East. It appeared to be only a matter of time before Islam would lose whatever hold it still […]

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Warning: Darwinists are genocidal eugenic fanatics

July 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Bible Knowledge in Decline Behind the seeming resurgence in religion, the deeper reality is the decline of religion and the spread of secularism. But we need to be wary of the con-men on the way to taking over secular culture with a new fanatic religion of scientism. That calamity is part of the reason for […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion · secularism

Higher powers??

July 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Comment on Kant, freedom, science, and modernity James said, July 8, 2009 at 7:40 pm · I understand the point about trying to reinterpret the Judeo-Christian myth of a “higher power” directing history, but I’m really asking what relevance this has for the average person. This likely isn’t going to comfort the schmuck who is […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion · secularism · The Eonic Effect

Modernity’s better claim on the ‘spiritual’

July 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments

The immense effort of traditionalists, postmodernists, and New Agers to discredit or denigrate modernity have missed the point completely. The great irony is that the rise of the modern has a better claim on being a spiri tual phenomenon than the emergence of Judaism and Christianity. The Discrete Freedom Sequence

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Tags: secularism · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Darwinism destroying secularism

July 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Rediscovering Secular America ‘Secularism’ is no longer the robust perspective that we find in Thomas Paine, but a new kind of artificial religion based on scientism, and the obsessions of people like Dawkins and his culture. It might help to realize before it is too late that Darwinism is destroying secularism. This Fourth of July, […]

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Tags: atheism · Evolution · Science & Religion · secularism

Secularist ambiguities

June 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Debates over ‘secularism’ often miss the point. The secular is not, per se, about religious beliefs, or the lack of them, but a complex historical transformation in many dimensions. From Reformation to Revolution

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Tags: secularism · The Eonic Effect

More on Wolin and the faith/reason debates

June 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Comment on Wolin post James said, June 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm · I think the main problem is that few people can trace the historical roots of their beliefs and end up undermining the very thing that they champion. Contemporary Darwinian secular humanists (self-styled as “freethinkers”) fail to see that the theory is a […]

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Wolin enters the reason/faith fray

June 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Reason vs. Faith: the Battle Continues, an essay by Richard Wolin. This discussion by Wolin is somewhat more helpful than the Fish/Eagleton postmod concession to the antisecularists (which is of course not an endorsement of all Wolin’s statements, & check out his Seduction of Unreason). It is significant that he starts with Hegel (why not […]

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Tags: Philosophy · religion · Science · secularism

House on fire?

June 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

RG mail Or: Is It “Mean” to Tell Someone Their House is on Fire? by Suzanne Duarte Culture Change (May 13 2009) You can never awaken using the same system that put you to sleep in the first place. – Gurdjieff I find this perspective significant, but treacherous, liable to New Age delusions of what […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · New Age · secularism

Gray reviews ‘God Is Back’

May 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Faith in the future John Gray Published 21 May 2009 Contrary to what evangelical rationalists preach, it is perfectly possible both to be modern and to believe in God. But there is no reason to assume that the American religious model will prevail We have posted on this essay/review of John Gray several times, but […]

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Tags: atheism · Booknotes · Science & Religion · secularism

Religion within the limits of reason

May 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Faith in the future: John Gray reviews ‘God is Back’ The question of the ‘secular’ is confused by the changing meanings of the word. As noted in previous post, the Protestant Reformation almost defined the ‘secular’, which meant a new age of civilization, a change of ‘saeculum’. But the implications of that Reformation required a […]

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Tags: Kant · religion · secularism

Secularism, religion, and ‘God is Back’

May 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Faith in the future John Gray Published 21 May 2009 Contrary to what evangelical rationalists preach, it is perfectly possible both to be modern and to believe in God. But there is no reason to assume that the American religious model will prevail Over and over on this blog, we have essentially stated what John […]

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Tags: secularism · The Eonic Effect

BBC will consult humanists

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Humanists rejoice! BBC will consult them on religion by Emily Dugan Reposted from Dawkins site http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/humanists-rejoice-bbc-will-consult-them-on-religion-1671065.html Religious broadcasting has taken an unexpected turn at the BBC, leaving secularists last night claiming a breakthrough. An important new committee that the corporation will consult on religious broadcasting is to include a humanist.

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America is not a Christian nation

April 14th, 2009 · No Comments

America is not a Christian nation by Michael Lind Reposted from Dawkins site http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/04/14/christian_nation/index1.html

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Stupidity of Darwinists and the delay of secularism

April 12th, 2009 · No Comments

One of the great factors in the delay of secularism in our time is the stupidity of Darwinists, their stranglehold on public opinion, and the pitiful substitutes they propose for religion in their brand of reductionist scientism. The situation requires no rejection of the idea of evolution, as such. But the strange concoction of natural […]

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Tags: Evolution · secularism

The ten commandments and religous vulgarity

April 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Religion of hatred: Why we should no longer be cowed by the chattering classes ruling Britain who sneer at Christianity by A N Wilson Reposted from Dawkins site http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1169145/Religion-hatred-Why-longer-cowed-secular-zealots.html It is certainly true that cocky secularists have been known to sneer at Christianity. I have often been critical of such overconfidence in secularists. But there […]

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Tags: Science & Religion · secularism

The Enlightenment and post-religion

April 12th, 2009 · No Comments

As noted in previous post, the ‘secularism’ that should have taken place in the period of the Enlightenment has been almost endlessly delayed. Waning of Christianity It is worth looking at the history of German Classical Philosophy to see one of the first reactions to this Enlightenment impetus, at once its realization and its critic. […]

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