JewsOnFirst Aims to Counter Christian Right
May 21, 2006
Launched in October 2005, JewsOnFirst.org opposes the growing strength of the Christian right and the accelerating pace of its theocratic agenda. Their resistance to Christianization includes, standing against cultural intimidation of minorities, faith-based diversion of tax dollars and resisting the use of U.S. foreign policy for evangelical aims. [ Visit Website ]
Regent to Launch 'Futures' Degree
May 10, 2006
Regent University will launch a new Master's degree in strategic foresight the Fall of 2006. The online program allows professionals to study the future in the context of organizational decision-making, while continuing to work full-time. Jay Gary, Wendy Schultz, and Bruce Winston will teach in the program. Offered by the School of Leadership Studies at Regent, students will be able to finish the program in 18 to 24 months. This marks a significant development in Christian futures for people in the marketplace and in ministry. [ Visit Website ]
MetaNexus to Host Science & Religion Conference
May 8, 2006
Metanexus Institute will host an annual conference on science and religion at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, June 3-7, 2006. Leading international scholars will offer sessions on the theme, "Continuity and Change: Perspectives on Science and Religion."
The Future of Muslim Democracy
Dec 1, 2005
View a 53-minute presentation by Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy Prime Minister of "The Future of Muslim Democracy," New York Democracy Forum, 1 December 2005. Ibrahim discussed the need for progressive Muslims and pro-demoracy supporters around the globe to unite in support of democratic institutions, to condemn terrorism and engage with leaders who "continue to work to increase the store of ideas...support democracy and...support freedom and free markets" in the Muslim world. [ Visit Website ]
Ijtihad-- a Return to Enlightenment
Apr 24, 2006
Dr. M. A. Muqtedar Khan offers his columns on Islam and global affairs at ijtihad.org, calling for a return to enlightenment. Rejecting secular Islam, Khan speaks as a democratic or moderate Muslim, over and against assimulated American Muslims who have lost their Islamic identity, or isolated Muslims committed to undermine American life. Read what this intellectual says about renewing of the soul of Islam, and ensuring that America preserves its religious pluralism. [ Visit Website ]
Schools Receive Jewish Secularism Grants
Apr 5, 2006
The Center for Cultural Judaism in New York announced Posen Grants for five addition American universities to join the study of secular Jewish history and cultures. Each new school will receive $50,000 per year, for up to three years, towards the development of new courses of study in this area.
The Israel Lobby and U.S Foreign Policy?
Mar 27, 2006
The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread democracy throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardised not only US security but that of much of the rest of the world. Could the US be setting aside its own security and in order to advance the interests of another state? Two respected political scientists examine how pro-Israeli lobbies have shift U.S. foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction. [ Visit Website ]
Muslim Madonna, What Will it Be?
Mar 27, 2006
Sexy Muslim pop star Deeyah says she has received death threats over her
music. Her latest music speaks about women's freedom, in What Will
it Be? Watch CNN's David Mattingly video report on the blacklash. [ Visit Website ]
Toward a New Muslim Moment?
Oct 20, 2004
With a savvy Web site, regular social gatherings in New York City, and intellectual publishing contacts, a new group seeks to shake up Islam's status
quo. They call themselves the Progresive Muslim Union. They are a radical
departure from both liberal Islam and Islamic fundamentalism. They talk about
social justice and the God-given dignity of human beings everywhere, even beyond
the House of Islam. For more see PMU's
website, or this .pdf overview by Omid Safi. [ Visit Website ]
Doctor of Ministry Focuses on Multi-Faith Context
Mar 20, 2006
New York Theological Seminary is partnering with Auburn Theological Seminary to launch a new Multifaith Doctor of Ministry in the fall of 2006 for professionals who serve across religious boundaries. The time to think beyond the traditional categories of seminary education has come, says Dr. Dale T. Irvin, Professor of World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary.
Celebrating Diversity in Unity
Mar 9, 2006
With religious zealots destroying society with 'holier than thou' paradigms, how can people of good will salvage humanity from its path of self-destruction? Dr. Saleem Ahmed suggest we turn to 'outside the box' thinking and recover the common message of all God's prophets.
Hey Darwin, Give me that Old Time Religion
Feb 12, 2006
Seeking to counter the Intelligent Design campaign, Charles Darwin's 197th birthday was celebrated in hundreds of Christian churches on Evolution Sunday, February 12th. More than 10,000 Christian clergy signed a letter claiming that the science and religion dichotomy put forward by Fundamentalists is false. Recently, a Pennsylvania court declared "Intelligent Design" as religious creationism, unappropriate as science curriculum. [ Visit Website ]
Muhammad Cartoons Controversy
Feb 6, 2006
Protests have sweep the Muslim world against Denmark. The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy began after complaints were made about twelve editorial cartoons which depict the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The cartoons were initially printed in the Danish newspaper on September 30, 2005. Other newspapers in Europe, the United States, New Zealand, and Jordan have reprinted them. See Wikipedia for the images, timeline and review of this controversy. [ Visit Website ]