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Why Liberalism Needs Islam

Why Liberalism Needs Islam

EVERY FOUR OR FIVE YEARS, Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes a book telling the world about the horrors of Islam. In her latest installment, Heretic, Hirsi Ali rightly feels the need to justify why another such b...

The View from the Edges

The View from the Edges

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP on Muslim women gives us a far more balanced picture than the one often found in the popular media. It shows that throughout Islamic history in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, wh...

A Therapeutic Cartography

A Therapeutic Cartography

AN OLDER WITTGENSTEIN looked back on his younger self and realized something: “A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it...

Defining the Dissident

Defining the Dissident

“I have been silenced, stunned and shamed.” ¤  IN THE INTRODUCTION to her book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, author Ayaan Hirsi Ali refers to her persecution, apostasy, and her...

Signs and Wonders

Signs and Wonders

LATER ON, listening to the scratchy tape, the transaction sounds illicit. At the beginning of the session I count out five 100 dollar bills. I’m paying for a 50-minute hour with a medium named Suzan...

Is God Necessary?

Is God Necessary?

Had I asked “Is God necessary?” a few centuries ago, I would have probably been stoned to death or burned alive. In some corners of the globe that would still be true today. Yet it is undeniable t...

A Mother Where?

A Mother Where?

When I look at my Savior […] I see someone who showed what true, equal love looks like, and I do not think that His church is where I should have learned about inequality for the first time. — 17...

A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

BELIEF IS NOT what you think. In either sense. The word has an interesting history, which tells us much about ourselves. Nowadays belief is often viewed as simply a feeble form of knowing, as in “...

A Bloody Affair

A Bloody Affair

IN 1899 an international peace conference was held in The Hague to decide the laws of war. One topic discussed was the devastating armaments being used by European armies to subdue their overseas col...

Gronking Jesus

Gronking Jesus

THE LOST GOSPEL is not the worst book ever written. I once attended a party where I was subjected to an excerpt of dinosaur erotica. It was a lovely gathering otherwise, but my ears were assaulted by...

Holy Terrors

Holy Terrors

TO ANY AUDIENCE reading after September 11, 2001, it is not at all necessary to explain why it is important to parse the relationship between martyrdom and terrorism. If martyrs are always good, terr...

Atheism and Its Discontents

Atheism and Its Discontents

ONE OF THE DEFINING intellectual trends in recent history has been the salvo of anti-religious fervor that first rang out about a decade ago. Spearheaded by Sam Harris’s The End of Faith (2004), Ri...

Of Good Horses and Bad Science

Of Good Horses and Bad Science

STEVE JONES, a former geneticist at the Galton Laboratory (University College London) is one of the foremost popular science writers and presenters in Great Britain. In his new book, The Serpent’s P...