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Religion & Other Curiosities
Pluralism and Modernity
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Islamophobia

One can understand why Muslims are worried about anti-Muslim feelings and actions. But going on and on about Islamophobia may also be a convenient way of avoiding the central problem for Islam in the contemporary world.

Review
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Defecting from Religious Enclaves

There are all sorts of enclaves in the world—communities whose worldview, moral values and lifestyles differ significantly from those of the surrounding society. A basic requirement for the survival of such enclaves is social and psychological mechanisms to prevent contamination from the outside.

Ideological Hybrids
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Environmentalists, Roaming Wolves, and Pope Francis

Is Francis greening? As well as moving to the Left? I’m beginning to worry.

What Would Confucius Say
New Atheism and the Rectification of Names

The term “new atheism” gained currency in the early 2000s and is still much discussed. But is it anything but new—and is still a rather childish reflex.

Case Studies
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Can One Domesticate Fundamentalists?

If you have secularist projects in a country with strongly religious demographics, beware of democracy! Has the religiously tone-deaf Obama administration finally gotten this?

An Ancient Habit
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Proselytization

Proselytization is a practice as old (and sometimes as divisive) as religion itself. Most recently, it has reared its head in India.

Pluralism and Secularism
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The “War on Christmas” and All That

A war against Christmas? By implication that is a war against Christians. A sense of proportion is an important component of political sanity, and those propounding this preposterous charge are dangerously lacking it.

The Human Condition
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How Can Human Beings Commit Such Horrors?

The modern world continuously prompts us to ask this question. But is it the right question to ask?

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Buddhist Litigation

Have Buddhists attained the status of an ordinary American denomination? Yes! They are suing each other.

Comparative Theodicy
Is Atheism a Specifically Western Phenomenon?

We know atheism in its Jewish or Christian context, as a rejection of the Biblical God. What would atheism mean in a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist context?

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The Purge

China’s massive party purge is shaking up society in unexpected and sometimes odd ways.

An Argentinian Conspiracy?

The murder-espionage drama unfolding in Argentina doesn’t just prove how dysfunctional its government is—it is a timely reminder of what Iran is capable of.

Crude Economics

The oil and gas sector may not like it, but plunging crude prices are a boon for many American companies.

Crude Economics

The oil price crash has sent LNG prices reeling, casting doubt on America’s gas export plans.

The Emerging European Politics

As pan-Mediterranean leftist ties deepen, the parties may fall as well as rise together.

Sub Club

India wants Japan to throw its hat in the ring for a big new submarine deal.

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