Religion News, January 26, 2011

    Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

  • The Lazy Slander of Pro-Lifers: Do pro-lifers care only for life inside the womb?
  • Bans on the Wearing of the Full Face Veil in Public: What Is the Impact on Human Rights? Part 1. Based on Bans on the Full Face Veil and Human Rights, A Freedom of Expression Perspective — a report by human rights organization Article 19. See also: Hijab: why Muslim women wear the veil
  • ‘The Rite’: Hollywood’s Obsession With Exorcism Continues
  • The New Atheists’ Narrow Worldview: With tongues in cheeks, Rich­ard Daw­kins, Chris­to­pher Hitch­ens, Sam Har­ris, and Dan­iel Dennett are embracing their reputation as the “Four Horsemen.” Lampoon­ing the anx­i­eties of evan­geli­cals, these best-sell­ing athe­ists are em­brac­ing their “dan­gerous” sta­tus and dar­ing be­liev­ers to match their for­mi­da­ble philo­soph­i­cal acu­men. Ac­cord­ing to these sol­diers of rea­son, the time for re­li­gion is over. It clings like a bad gene rep­li­cat­ing in the pop­u­la­tion, but its use­ful­ness is played out. Sam Har­ris’s most re­cent book, The Moral Land­scape (Free Press, 2010), is the lat­est in the continuing bat­tle. As an ag­nos­tic, I find much of the horse­men’s cri­tiques to be healthy. But most friends and even en­e­mies of the new athe­ism have not yet no­ticed the pro­vin­cial­ism of the cur­rent de­bate. If the horse­men left their world of books, con­fer­ences, classrooms, and com­put­ers to trav­el more in the de­vel­op­ing world for a year, they would find some un­fa­mil­iar religious arenas.

  • City of gods: The tortuous past of Jerusalem, endlessly fought over by Jews, Christians and Muslims, is brilliantly revealed in Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Jerusalem: The Biography [Kindle edition]
  • Recovering From Religious Abuse: Millions have experienced religious abuse — whether it’s a well-publicized event like what happened to Elizabeth Smart or to Catholic Altar boys molested by pedophile priests — but it’s most common in Christian churches and para-church organizations, which are run by ambitious leaders. When the leader has a narcissistic streak, which is frequent, religious abuse is always present. That’s why Recovering from Religious Abuse [Kindle editionoffsite | Buy a Kindleoffsite] has just been released by Simon & Schuster. Until now, there has been nothing that addresses the problem, while also offering a solution that helps the victims. Using an 11-step method, wounded Christians — those who have been used, abused, and discarded by self-righteous religious leaders — can reconnect with God in a healing, transforming way.

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