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David Martin is one of the most prestigious sociologists of religion alive.
About three months ago, Open University published the report of their research titled ‘Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties’. You may find HERE more about this project, including two video presentations.
This is how the project is presented on its website:
This report examines the relationship between religion and security, including terrorism and so-called ‘religious violence’. It has two key objectives:
To provide guidance on identifying circumstances in which religion (either on its own or in combination with other factors) is likely to give rise to security challenges.
To provide a constructive interrogation of some underexplored assumptions relating to religion and security.
I list below the main conclusions and recommendations in the report, as presented HERE by Gladys Ganiel, one of the participants in the project: Continue reading “Open University – Report of the Research on ‘Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties’”
Muslims around the world are angry to the extent that they besieged and attacked the US Embassy in Egypt, the US Consulate in Libya and the US Embassy in Yemen, and even caused the death of an Ambassador and three other diplomatic workers because they felt hurt and insulted by a YouTube video insulting Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.
I am an Arab, a former Muslim, and a follower of Jesus Christ. I have been a Christian for over 20 years now. If you read my testimony, you will see that I have my own critique of Islam, Muhammad and the Quran. That critique is based on my personal experience and conviction regarding my former religion, Islam. It is based on what I personally think to be true. So, there is no question that I reject Islam, Muhammad and the Quran.
On the other hand, living in the Arab world for the greater part of my life and later also in the West exposed me to many that reject Islam. I have observed two kinds or groups among these rejectionists which I strongly disagree with. Continue reading “A Former Muslim’s Thoughts on the “Muhammad Video””
The article with the title above, published by Foreign Policy, raises a very important issue which, in our man-made world is most often neglected. Here is the main argument:
Using the largest extant database on the status of women in the world today, which I created with three colleagues, we found that there is a strong and highly significant link between state security and women’s security. In fact, the very best predictor of a state’s peacefulness is not its level of wealth, its level of democracy, or its ethno-religious identity; the best predictor of a state’s peacefulness is how well its women are treated. What’s more, democracies with higher levels of violence against women are as insecure and unstable as nondemocracies. Continue reading “Valerie Hudson – What Sex Means for World Peace”
An article to read. Here is the conclusion:
‘We have 5 percent of the world’s population and 50 percent of the guns.
But the sheer number of guns isn’t an isolated statistic. The data shows we compare badly on fatalities, too. The U.S has three gun homicides per 100,000 people. That’s four times as many as Switzerland, ten times as many as India, 20 times as many as Australia and England.
Whatever you think of gun rights and gun control, the numbers don’t flatter America.’
Do not miss this article from Martin Marty.
Philip Jenkins and Shaker Elsayed on war in the Bible and in the Quran, moderated by Riz Khan on Al Jazeera English.
Cries of Anguish; Stories of Hope – a series of online Lenten study resources on the struggle to end violence against women will be launched 15 February during a prayer service at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, which is home to a number of international church organizations including the World Council of Churches (WCC). The general secretary of the WCC, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, will participate and WCC programme executive for Women in Church and Society, Dr Fulata Mbano Moyo, will discuss biblical texts addressing violence against women. Continue reading “WCC – Multimedia study series on gender violence launched for Lent”