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Who decides when medicine prolongs dying, not living?

Doctors at Gundersen Lutheran, long a pioneer in ensuring that the care provided to patients in their final months complies … Continued

Religious leaders must safeguard life

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

Moral dimension to the economy

A deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders last week will extend tax cuts across the board including, controversially, to … Continued

We need more faith in our politics

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

Break between faith and reason not that great

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

We need more faith and more reason

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

Answering ‘Will Muslims impose Shariah?’

One of the frequent battle cries raised by those who warn that Muslims want to overwhelm the West is that … Continued

Atheism no longer an unquestioned pejorative

A blogger writes earlier this week, “I like your spirited, historically based analysis of the need for public school education … Continued

Ancient Greek philosophy for the modern world

By Eric HeinzeFaculty of Laws, University of London Scarcely a day goes by without the media running a spot about … Continued

What is God?

By Jacob NeedlemanProfessor of Philosophy, San Francisco State University Under the word “God” all that is highest and lowest in … Continued

Fair is fair

Pope Benedict’s invitation to Anglican (including Episcopal Church USA) priests and parishes to become part of the Roman Catholic Church, … Continued

Holy Healing is Genuine Healing

What should be done when parents rely on religion instead of medicine to heal sick children? In 14th-Century Marseilles, 5% … Continued

Finally, a President with Faith in Science

I couldn’t agree more with President Obama and his decision to restore scientific inquiry and integrity. And I can’t help … Continued

A “Slippery Slope” Only If We’re Stupid

I am of course pleased with President Obama’s decision to end the near-total ban on federal funding for embryonic stem … Continued

The Heart and Mind of Benedict

Pope Benedict is not a showman, as many – intending praise or blame – said his predecessor, Pope John Paul … Continued

Faith and Reason — Compatible and Constitutional

If Governor Huckabee meant this the way it sounds, I would not agree with him. But I don’t think he … Continued

Romney: Unfit Not As a Mormon But As A Religious Panderer

Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion has never been a disqualifier for the presidency as far as I am concerned. Why should … Continued

Religion, Heal Thyself First

Can religion cure the world’s biggest social problems?! Who are we kidding? The major challenge to religion, in this next … Continued

Religion a Cure?

Can religion cure the world’s biggest social problems?! Who are we kidding? The major challenge to religion, in this next … Continued

No Atheists (Still) Need Apply

In nearly every interview about my book, Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism,I am asked whether I am an atheist … Continued