Religion & Other Curiosities
Why Not Polyamory?
In a society that is both pluralist and democratic different beliefs and values will have to co-exist. Does this mean that polyamorous arrangements should be sanctioned by the state?
Images of Rage and of Mercy
ISIS has become a widespread image of pure evil. Yet the global Muslim community can counter the jihadists with ideas—chief among them, perhaps, the centrality of mercy.
Dreams of Empire
Chinese President Xi has found in Confucianism (as he understands it) an ideology useful to the construction of a Chinese model of modernity—which is intended to contribute to the task of empire-building.
Is Turkey the Key?
Despite recent authoritarian backsliding, could Turkey supply the prototype for a successful synthesis of Islam and democracy?
Warriors and Nurses
In our “transgender” world, some women want to be warriors, others are content to perform the traditional role of gentle care-givers.
500 Years of Protestantism
There can be little doubt about Luther’s stature as an agent of historic change, whether intentional of not. To say this is not necessarily an act of homage.