Religion: Glimpses of its Future

Image Credit: Public Domain Pictures. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Something of interest to me in terms of the sociological analysis of religion in Canadian society is the futurist perspective or the futurism perspective on religion. I do not mean science fiction. I mean the potential streams in the evolution of … Continue reading

Interview with Kareem Muhssin – Alliance of Former Muslims (Ireland)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is the state of irreligion in Ireland now? Kareem Muhssin: Well, the influence of the Catholic Church has waned rapidly in recent decades. Lifting the ban on contraception in 1980, legalising divorce in 1996 (despite Mother Teresa’s best efforts), legislating for same-sex marriage in 2015 – … Continue reading

Which is worse, being Christian or being Conservative?

Just this week, the Angus Reid Institute released an interesting survey about Canadian attitudes toward the European refugee/migrant crisis. Most of the results really weren’t all that surprising. Canadians support intervention to help the refugees by a slim margin (54%), though that support comes mostly from voters leaning Liberal and … Continue reading

Culture or Religion?

I’ve occasionally experienced a subtle tactic my fellow Canadians use to invalidate the seriousness of many religious observances and practices. When I identify the more pernicious aspects of religion, I’m often waved off and told that the identified practice is not religious, but cultural. I’m told that the Islamic insistence that … Continue reading

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