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Arguing men tend to be less religious than women for the same reasons that they tend to be less law-abiding.

Arguing that the New Atheists dislike religion for its humancentricity.

Seeing the Bible as literature clearly.

What is wrong with the UN Human Rights Council declaration against the “defamation of religion”.

A review of a book on what Khomeini’s fatwa unleashed.

Demurring from President Obama’s statement that “Islam has shaped America”.

The Muslim chaplain at Harvard has got himself into a bit of controversy for taking an orthodox Muslim position on what should be done to apostates.

Hitch not doing so well when arguing against an intellectually serious believer. More. A case of the difference between winning an argument and winning a debate.

On why faith and fertility are so connected. Arguing that secularisation is about to go into reverse, even in Europe: The share of the world's population that is religious is growing, after nearly a century of modest decline. …
A similar process seems to be occurring in Europe—as the religious become increasingly self-conscious of their unusual identity in a secular society, they become more resistant to secularisation. …
The occasionally cited figure of 30 per cent ethnic minorities in western Europe by 2050 is little more than an educated guess. One of the few countries to collect ethnoreligious census information is Austria, where a recent projection—based on a conservative estimate of 20,000 immigrants a year and various assumptions about religious abandonment and fertility—predicted that Muslims would make up between 14 and 26 per cent of the population in 2050, up from 4 per cent today.

Arguing that family structure is a fundamental driver of religious belief and secularisation: In brief, it is not only possible but highly plausible that many Western European Christians did not just stop having children and families because they became secular. At least some of the time, the record suggests, they also became secular because they stopped having children and families. If this way of augmenting the conventional explanation for the collapse of faith in Europe is correct, then certain things, including some radical things, follow from it.
Tags: demography, islam, religion

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