New Sharia law marriage contract gives Muslim women rights
Aug 8, 2008
Muslim women are to be guaranteed equal rights in marriage under a new wedding contract negotiated by leading Islamic organisations and clerics in Britain. Hailed as the biggest change in Sharia law in Britain for 100 years, a married Muslim couple will now have equal rights. A husband will have to waive his right to polygamy, allowed under Islamic law, in the new contract which has been described as 'revolutionary'.
Beyond Today's Cyber-Church
Aug 5, 2008
Is the church poised to address the technological and genetic advancements that will demand the church’s attention in three to four decades? Steve Raimo, executive pastor, asks how emerging robotics and artificial intelligence might change the trajectory of the today's cyber-church.
Emory Jewish Law Expert on Bioethics
May 29, 2008
Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Emory Law Professor Michael J. Broyde to address biotechnology and ethics at the 'Facing Tomorrow' conference held in conjunction with Israel's 60th birthday in Jerusalem earlier this month. Broyde, a senior fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) at Emory, is ordained as a rabbi by Yeshiva University and is a member (dayan) of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America. Here Broyde shares his thoughts on bioethics
Turkey Strives for 21st Century Form of Islam
Feb 27, 2008
Turkey is engaged in a bold and profound attempt to rewrite the basis for Islamic sharia law while also officially reinterpreting the Qur'an for the modern age. The UK Guardian newspapers reports on how the modernising and mildly Islamic government of the Turkish prime minister seeks to establish a 21st century form of Islam, fusing Muslim beliefs and tradition with European and western philosophical methods and principles.
New Book examines Islam and the Secular State
Feb. 21, 2007
A new book by Emory Law Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na`im opposes the idea of an Islamic state and calls for constitutionalism, human rights, and secularism as necessary principles from an Islamic point of view, and not as western concepts.
Synagogue 3000 elects new Chair
Feb 19, 2008
Rabbi Aaron Spiegel, noted expert on congregational studies and a director at the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, takes the helm of Synagogue 3000, an organization that empower synagogues to become compelling moral and spiritual centers - sacred communities - for the twenty-first century.
Why Religion Shapes the World's Future
Jan 21, 2008
'What does religion have to do with the future of the world?' Can we live together despite our deepest differences? Can we mitigate the clash between secularism and fundamentalism which is feeding the war on terrorism. Author Howard Pepper offers ways to transcend religious truisms and actively seek out common ground.
Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace and Science Fiction?
Jan 8, 2007
English academics are organizing a scholarly conference on the visions of humanity in cyberculture, cyberspace and science fiction, July 1-3, 2008 at Mansfield College, Oxford, England. The Call for Papers requests creative thinking about persons and the challenges posed to the future of national, international, and global communities in these new states.
Overcoming Patriarchal Gender Violence in Religion
Jan 7, 2007
The January 2008 issue of the Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence focuses on 'Religious Dimension of Sustainable Development.' The issue addresses religion as both indispensable and dangerous. It is indispensable to attain full human development beyond the physical, biological, and intellectual levels. It is dangerous when it degenerates into fanatical delusions about the absolute superiority of any particular religion, and then leads to religious intolerance and religious violence.
Study Highlights Emerging Jewish Communities
Dec 3, 2007
Over the past few years, an important new phenomenon in Jewish life has manifested: the creation of dozens of independent minyanim, spiritual communities, alternative worship services, and emergent congregations. These new organizations add diverse opportunities for worship, learning, social justice work, community-building and spiritual expression. A new study by Synagogue 3000 and Mechon Hadar highlights this research.
Young Muslims fight for the right to abandon faith
Sep 11, 2007
The UK Times highlight a campaign to make it easier to renounce Islam, launched on the 6th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. The provocative move reflects a growing rift between traditionalists and a younger generation raised on a diet of Dutch tolerance. Is this a trend or just an outlier?
Muslims Issue Call to Dialogue with Christians
Oct 14, 2007
Muslim leaders have issued an open letter inviting Christians to work toward peace based on core teachings of their respective faiths: the unity of God, love of God, and the love of neighbor. Coordinated by the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute of Islamic Thought in Jordan, the letter includes a large number of Grand Muftis, Fiqh Council members, and others responsible for Islamic law and its interpretation.
The Secular Society and its Enemies
Oct 3, 2007
The Center for Inquiry will host a major conference this Nov 9-11 in New York City to to address what it considers 'the alarming abandonment of Western secular values in a world increasingly mired in divisive religious strife and deadly sectarian battles.' Presenters will include author Christopher Hitchens, lawyer/author Alan Dershowitz, astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others.