Third Rome: Will Russia Save Europe From Itself?

September 14, 2021

From its inception, the Russian state has long used Europe as a measure for itself. In the 19th century, the leading intellectual debate in Russia was between the Slavophiles and the Westernizers, divided on the idea of the essence of the Russian civilization and its relation to Europe. The...

The Vatican Says No to Just War, Upsetting The NY Times

October 06, 2020

On October 4, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ latest encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti.” The apostolic letter contains eight chapters, spanning a variety of themes that focus mainly on secular issues. The Vatican has published a summary beginning with its own blurb announcing the major themes:...

Extremists Won’t Hinder Interfaith Dialogue

May 15, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Leonard Swidler, professor of Catholic thought and interreligious dialogue at Temple University, Philadelphia. Interfaith dialogue is a necessity in our age. In a world suffering from armed conflicts, diplomatic standoffs and trade wars,...

Christmas Is a Time for Acts of Generosity

December 23, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Carole Cusack, professor of religious studies at the University of Sydney. To those who celebrate it, Christmas is as important as the history of Christianity itself. The religious and cultural celebration connects millions of people...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Evangelical” Business Today

June 06, 2018

The word evangelical has appeared recently in the news mainly as a synonym for the Christian right. But how does it relate to business? After two decades of consistently rising fortunes, Elon Musk’s star — situated well beyond the planet Mars he currently wants to colonize — appears to be...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Defining “Faith” in America

November 14, 2017

“One nation, under God,” however you wish to define God, providing you believe unwaveringly. Today’s 3D Definition: Faith The Washington Post offers this headline of an article on a California congressman: “This lawmaker isn’t sure that God exists. Now, he’s finally decided to tell...

Does Religion Have a Place in the 21st Century?

February 12, 2016

A post-secular society is marked by recognition that religion is once again important. According to a widely disseminated 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, the US is drifting away from religion. Taking the cue, Daniel Dennett, one of the four horsemen of atheism, wrote that religion has...

Religion is Just Morality Tales For Grown-Ups

January 13, 2015

Atul Singh argues that Charlie Hebdo occurs when religion is taken literally, and once people can question, find jobs and have hope, they shalt not kill. In 1600, the Roman Catholic Church burnt Giordano Bruno, a Renaissance philosopher who proposed that stars were just distant suns and some of...

Policy From Inside the Perimeter: No Finger in the Wind

March 12, 2014

An alignment of the US and the Assad regime would play into the hands of Islamist extremists. Last December, Ryan Crocker, the distinguished American diplomat with exceptional experience and expertise in the Middle East, issued an opinion in The New York Times. Given what he characterized as...

Does God Exist in Hip Hop?

November 23, 2013

Questions about God’s existence are irrelevant to the power already invested in the word itself by society. “Does God exist?” is an age-old question to a very old human obsession over belief in one thing or another, usually a “higher power.” So much so, that words...

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