Tag Archives: secularism

The demons who never left are back

That’s a happy headline isn’t it? I wrote this before Christmas but it’s a bit of a mood killer and much more suited to January! Mike Bird reflecting on a new book about the death of Satan in modern thought says However, as belief in Satan

On Secularism (bumper links edition)

I’ve collected a huge number of articles and posts on a variety of topics that have caught my eye over the past year. I had at one point intended to write some thoughtful essay or comment on each one but as time passed and the

Was Sweden ever a Christian country?

It’s reasonably well-known that Sweden is one of the most agnostic or atheistic countries on the planet. Their lack of interest in all things related to the church is famous. Couple that with their generally ordered, well-run, democratic and prosperous society and Sweden has become

Regulating demons

Perhaps it’s because I’m listening to CS Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters (deliciously read by Joss Ackland) but I’ve been thinking about demons. I’m wondering about the debates that will happen first in newspapers and then in parliaments around secular, progressive Europe as the issue of exorcism comes

Understanding secular people

Nations that are collectively included in the term, ‘the West’ are increasingly secular. Western Europe, New Zealand, Canada are dominated by secular people and the US is increasingly so. In this part of the world, the narrative is that religion is on the decline and

The Curiosity Index (17.05.2017)

Has the UK hit peak secular? This article in the Guardian wonders if the decline of religion in the UK has hit its nadir. Its findings tally with this study that cognitive biases don’t explain religion, after all. In fact the most important thing Christians

The Curiosity Index (22.03.2017)

Who shares the story, not who reports the news, is what counts for casual readers Because you’re reading it here, you know it’s true right? How to Learn New Things as an Adult For all my friends who love to highlight their books, I have

Freedom to pray not to evangelize

Last year the BBC ran an article about religious freedom in Dubai of which there isn’t much. The UAE, of which Dubai is a part, has crippling restrictions on freedom of speech. There’s widespread media censorship and dozens of activists are in jail. And As you