Pope and change

Sheila Liaugminas | 09 November 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Pope Benedict XVI, Sagrada Familia, secularism, Spain apostolic visit

Benedict always has an incisive but gentle message for any country he visits, any culture he addresses. Which he really intends for larger society as a whole….

Secularity vs secularism: an enlightening distinction

Jerome di Costanzo and Rémi Brague | 07 October 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: atheism, secularism, secularity
Who invented the secular state? A professor of religious philosophy from the Sorbonne gives a surprising answer.

Whistling past the graveyard

Dwight G. Duncan | 20 July 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: public discourse, secularism
Why is public debate so shallow, impoverished and pointless? A new book contends that reason has been exiled and replaced by mere reasonableness.

Leaving a space for religion in the public square

Margaret Somerville | 18 May 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: culture wars, religion, secularism
Public debate will be much poorer if arguments of religious people are shut away in a closet. 

“Forgiveness does not replace justice”

Sheila Liaugminas | 12 May 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: faith and reason, Pope Benedict XVI, secularism
Big statement by Pope Benedict, who answered journalists questions on the plane as he traveled to Portugal, a now familiar habit of his on these journeys. They’re spontaneous encounters, Benedict and the press, and always yield interesting thoughts and sound bites. This one had a bunch of them…

Shall the religious inherit the earth?

Eric P Kaufmann | 06 April 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: demography, religion, secularism
Quite likely, on current demographic trends, argues a British political scientist in a book just published in Britain.

Paedophile priests and the pope

Marcello Pera | 03 April 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Benedict XVI, secularism, sexual abuse
The issue of abusive priests has become another excuse for the war of secularism against Christianity, says a former president of the Italian Senate.

Barcelona: the demographic games

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 March 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: demography, immigration, religion, secularism
Sorry for the long gap in posts on this blog but following the two-day conference on demography that I attended in Barcelona on the 12th and 13th of March, I was travelling for another week with little access to the internet. Barcelona is an impressive city and the conference equally so. I set out from my homely base in the South Pacific with some preconceptions which were quickly blown apart.

Guess who invented ‘holiday trees’

Joanna Bogle | 17 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christmas, Nazis, secularism
Today’s secularist zealots should be unhappy to learn exactly whose company they are travelling in.

As Europe goes…

Sheila Liaugminas | 30 September 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: European Union, Ireland, secularism
…so goes the future of the Irish people? The two are still intertwined. But at least some power is still in the hands of the Irish.

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