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Third Rome: Will Russia Save Europe From Itself?

Third Rome: Will Russia Save Europe From Itself?

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

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

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

Extremists Won’t Hinder Interfaith Dialogue

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

Christmas Is a Time for Acts of Generosity

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

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

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

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

“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?

Does Religion Have a Place in the 21st Century?

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

Religion is Just Morality Tales For Grown-Ups

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

Policy From Inside the Perimeter: No Finger in the Wind

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?

Does God Exist in Hip Hop?

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...

Egypt: Looking Forward

Egypt: Looking Forward

In seeking to understand Egypt's unrest, it may be helpful to reach back into US history. My friend network wrote a comment about my last article on Egypt quoting de Tocqueville, stating that political Islam was incompatible with democracy. A more accurate description might be that...

Sunni vs Shi’a: The Middle East Chessboard (Part 1/2)

Sunni vs Shi’a: The Middle East Chessboard (Part 1/2)

Hostility between Sunnis and Shi’as has taken on an increasingly political core. This is the first of a two part series.  The logic is simple enough, right? In black, we have the Shi’a with the king being Iran. In the white, we have the Sunnis with the king being Saudi Arabia. The...

The Alawite Question

The Alawite Question

Ensuring the protection of Alawites will expedite an end to the civil war in Syria. Syria has become a proxy war to shift the balance of power between Sunnis and Shi’ites in the Middle East. The struggle over the future of the country was not always a sectarian one; the revolution started as...

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