Religion

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Aboriginal Ontario: Historical Perspectives on the First Nations
Rogers, Edward S.; Smith, Donald B. (eds.)
Book
1994
Essays on the history of Ontario's native people.
Am I An Atheist Or An Agnostic?
Russell, Bertrand
Article
An anti-clerical policy of Socialism
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1903
According to Luxemburg, "the incessant guerrilla warfare waged for the last ten years against the priests is for French middle-class Republicans one of the best ways of turning away the attention of t...
Art, Religion and Hatred: Religious Intolerance in Russia and its Effects on Art
Article
2005
Report on religious intolerance in Russia and its effects on artists and their freedom of expression.
Astrology: True or False?
Culver, Rober B; Ianna, Philip A
Book
1988
Beyond the Sacred
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
A transcript on Malik's talk "Beyond the Sacred" at a conference on blasphemy.
Das Capital, Volume 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Marx, Karl
Book
1867
Marx's great work sets out to grasp and portray the totality of the capitalist mode of production, and the bourgeois society that emerges from it. He describes and connects all its economic features, ...
Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State
Fatah, Tarek
Book
2008
According to Tarek Fatah, "Morality is doing what is right, regardless what we are told; Religious dogma is doing what we are told, no matter what is right." Fatah argues that since Islam's advent, th...
Christians for Socialism
Latin American Working Group
Book
...
Cliffites Deal in Religious Opiate
Article
2007
All religions and all religious organizations serve to mystify and obscure the class basis of oppression in capitalist society.
Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World
Macy, Joanna
Book
1998
A guidebook for dealing with the despair that stands in the way our our changing the world.
Connexions Library: Religion Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on religion.
Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right
Marx, Karl
Article
1844
The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion. Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suf...
Critical Theory
Horkheimer, Max
Book
1968
Essays by the founder of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt.
Cult, Ghetto, and State: The Persistence of Jewish Question
Rodinson, Maxime
Book
1983
Jewish studies, Maxime Rodinson says in this book, has been a field in which ideological delirium has long had virtually free rein. In this collection of essays, he tries to redress the balance, bring...
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
Dorothy Day: Champion of the Poor
Stone, Elaine Murray
Book
2004
The Empire God Built: Inside Pat Robertson's media machine
Foege, Alec
Book
1996
A profile of the demagogue who become one of the most successful media moguls in the world.
Empire, Religion and Liberation: Against The Current vol. 135
Webber, Jeffery R.
Article
2008
“At least 10 Palestinians were killed in Gaza on Sunday by Israeli fire,” today’s New York Times reports as I write this review, “bringing the number of Palestinians killed since Wednesday… to more th...
The First Stone: Homosexuality and the United Church
Riordon, Michael
Book
1990
A dramatic account of the tumultuous decade-long struggle in the United Church of Canada to balance faith, sexuality and human rights. Drawing on the church's history, and more than one hundred person...
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Mann, Charles. C.
Book
2005
A portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus.
Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction
Warburton, Nigel
Book
2009
Covers a wide-range of controversial free-speech issues, from Holocaust denial and pornography to the status of modern copyright law. Offers a concise quide to many of the vexing issues concerning our...
G-Dog
Mock, Freida
Film/Video
2012
Unlikely gang expert Jesuit Father Boyle, known as G-Dog, creates Homeboy Industries, leading former gang involved youth to become a positive force in their communities.
The Gaia Atlas of First Peoples
Burger, Julian
Book
1990
Entries on indigenous peoples from around the globe, focusing on three main areas: their way of life, the present crisis, and the future.
Gandhi's Truth: On the origins of militant nonviolence
Erikson, Erik H.
Book
1969
An examination of the life, vision, and actions of Mohandas Gandhi.
God and His Demons
Parenti, Michael
Book
2010
Parenti examines the dark side of religion, the many evils committed in the name of godly virtue throughout history. This is not a blanket condemnation of all believers. The focus is on the threat pos...
God and the State
Bakunin, Mikhail
Book
1916
...
Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?
Russell, Bertrand
Article
1930
Bertrand Russell's 1930 critique of religious morality and metaphysics.
Tim Hector: A Caribbean Radical's Story
Buhle, Paul
Book
2006
An account of the life of Antiguan activist Tim Hector.
Homosexuality and Civilisation
Crompton, Louis
Book
2003
How to Become a Real Muslim
Malik, Kenan
Article
2010
When I was growing up in the 1980s the concept of a radical in a Muslim context meant someone who was a militant secularist, someone who challenged not just racism but the power of the mosques too. So...
Hundreds of Proofs of God's Existence
Article
From the Atheists of Silicon Valley Humor Page.
In the name of GOD The abuses of religion: New Internationalist August 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
Discusses the relationship between religion. The role of religion within political issues.
Infidel
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan
Book
2007
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali woman who escaped a forced marriage and moved to the Netherlands, where she became a spokeswoman for Muslim women's rights. She tells the story of how her experiences led h...
Interactions
Delespesse, Max; Renshaw, Dick (ed.)
Article
1975
These are nots of remarks made at an all-day consultation between New Communities and representatives of the Churches of Toronto.
Islam, Children's Rights, and the Hijab-gate of Rah-e-Kargar: In Defence of the Prohibition of the Islamic Veil for Children
Hekmat, Mansoor
Article
1997
It has been proved time and time again that pushing back religiosity and religious reaction is not possible except through unequivocal defence of human values against religion. It has been proved time...
The Islamophobia Myth
Malik, Kenan
Article
2005
Pretending that Muslims have never had it so bad might bolster community leaders and gain votes for politicians, but it does the rest of us, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, no favours at all. The more t...
Karl Marx and Religion
Smith, Cyril
Article
2005
For Marx, to positively assert that God does not exist is childish. “Man makes religion, religion does not make man. ... The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against th...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume I: State and Bureaucracy
Draper, Hal
Book
1977
A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes
Draper, Hal
Book
1978
Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
Land and Community: Crisis in Canada's Countryside
Sim, R. Alex
Book
1988
Sim's thesis is that rural society is overlooked due to urban dependence upon "great associations," economies of scale, and other socio-cultural institutions of unmanageable size.
The Lion and the Gazelle: On Jewish History
Avnery, Uri
Article
2008
If we, the Israelis, want to consolidate our nation, we have to free ourselves from the myths that belong to another form of existence and re-define our national history. We must recognize the differe...
Living with the Land: Communities Restoring the Earth
Meyer, Christine; Moosang, Faith
Book
1992
A collection of stories from grassroots communities about the benefits of ecological living.
Main Currents of Marxism: Volume 1: The Founders
Kolakowski, Leszek
Book
1978
Kolakowski gives his interpretation of the origins of Marxism, and analyses the development of Marx's thought and its divergence from other forms of socialism.
Malcolm X Speaks
X. Malcolm; edited and with prefatory notes by George Breitman
Book
1965
A series of speeches, seminars and press conferences given by Malcolm X during the last years of his life in 1964 and early 1965.
Man, Beast and Zombie: What Science Can and Cannot Tell Us About Human Nature
Malik, Kenan
Book
2000
Drawing upon the ideas of evolutionary biology, cognitive science and artificial intelligence, Malik questions many of our assumptions about human nature.
A Marxist History of the World Part 4: The origins of War and Religion
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
This week Neil Faulkner looks at the origins of War and Religion in the Early Neolithic world.
Merry Christmas from an Atheist
Malik, Kenan
Article
2006
I probably represent one of Archbishop John Sentanu's worst nightmares - I am not just an 'aggressive secularist' but a militant atheist to boot. But I have a Christmas tree in the house, I've sent ou...
Muslims, Jews and Christians imposing an imagined past, with disastrous results
Davidson, Lawrence
Article
2015
The truth is that there are millions of people – Muslims, Jews and Christians and others – who not only still idealise a religiously imagined past, but want, in one way or another, to import that past...
The National Question: Selected Writings by Rosa Luxemburg
Luxemburg, Rosa (edited by Davis, Horace B.)
Book
In her penetrating analysis of nationalism, Rosa Luxemburg argues that the formula of "the right of nations to self-determination" is essentially not a political or programmatic guide to the nationali...
Neither Allah, Nor Master!
El Fani, Nadia
Film
2011
A cinematic exploration of secularism in the Muslim country of Tunisia before and after the deposition of Ben Ali.
1992 The Theology of Self-Discovery Offers Hope
McKenna, Paul
Article
1990
The Self-Discovery campaign does not confine itself to the struggles of Indigenous People but addresses the concerns of all social and racial groups who have experienced social/cultural destruction un...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Religion
Hill, Symon
Book
2010
Symon Hill's No-Nonsense Guide to Religion tries to explain what religion means, how we relate to it, how it was created and how it affects us culturally, politically and spiritually today.
On Religious Cruelty
Holbach, Baron d'
Article
1769
In this essay I am going to examine the different kinds of religious cruelty. Under this name I include those religious opinions that proceed from this cruelty or give birth to it, those acts of barba...
On the Second Coming of Religion
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
The question we should ask is not just: ‘What is it about religion that makes people believe or behave in certain ways?’ It is also: ‘What is it about contemporary societies that draws many people, bo...
The Other
Kapuscinski, Ryszard
Book
2009
The Other is made up of a series of lectures that Kapuscinski delivered in Austria and in Poland, eloquent speeches in which he considers the history, the present and the future of our relationship wi...
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Solnit, Rebecca
Book
2010
The most startling thing about disasters, according to Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearni...
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
The Phenomenology of Mind
Hegel, G.W.F.
Book
1807
The birthplace and essence of Hegel's dialectic.
The Philippines under fire: New Internationalist March 1990
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1990
An investigation into the political and cultural life of the Philippines, told in the form of a travelogue. The stories of ordinary people are interspersed with historical detail and analysis of the c...
Problems of Everyday Life: And Other Writings On Culture & Science
Trotsky, Leon
Book
The focus of this book is the impact of the Russian Revolution of the culture life of the country -- and conversely, the effect of the country's cultural backwardness on the course of the revolution. ...
Psychoanalysis and Religion
Fromm, Erich
Book
1950
Fromm challenges the argument that religion and psychoanalysis are necessarily in conflict. He argues that both should be concerned with the search for higher spiritual goals and their attainmentment ...
Race, Politics and Christianity in America: Against The Current vol. 140
Dillard, Angela
Article
2009
11:00AM on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in American life, and the implications of this stubborn fact have been known to unexpectedly erupt into our national political culture. In the inv...
Radical Digressions 4
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2006
Radical Digressions 5
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2008
The Realization and Suppression of Religion
Knabb, Ken
Article
It is not enough to explain religion by its social role or historical development. The content that is expressed in religious forms must be discovered. Because revolutionaries haven't really come to t...
Red Emma Speaks: Selected Writings and Speeches by Emma Goldman
Goldman, Emma (edited by Shulman, Alix Kates)
Book
1972
A collection of essays which provide a comprehensive view of Emma Goldman's theories and beliefs.
Reflections on a Religion of Hate: Engaging in War Crimes
McNamara, Tom
Article
2013
Refelctions on US preparations to engage in more acts of war against yet another Middle Eastern country.
Religion
Pannekoek, Anton
Article
1947
Religion is Part of the 'Lumpenism' in Society
Hekmat, Mansoor
Article
1999
Liberation theology is the name for Christian priets who are prepared to say something against Latin American dictators. This is what they call liberation theology, but by definition no theology is li...
The Road to Civil War: Against The Current vol. 113
Avnery, Uri
Article
2004
Everybody in Israel is talking about the Next War. The most popular TV channel is running a whole series about it.
The St. Petersburg Declaration
Article
2007
We are secular Muslims, and secular persons of Muslim societies. We are believers, doubters, and unbelievers, brought together by a great struggle, not between the West and Islam, but between the free...
The Secret Museum: Pornography in Modern Culture
Kendrick, Walter
Book
1988
Kendrick looks at the idea of pornography since the word was coined a century and a half ago, concentrating less on the books and pictures that have instigated battles over "pornography" than on what ...
Secrets, Lies and Democracy
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1994
Noam Chomsky interviewed by David Barsamian. ...
Selections from the Prison Notebooks
Gramsci, Antonio
Book
1951
Gramsci's Notebooks cover a wide range of subjects including history, culture, politics, and philosophy.
Sex-Pol: Essays 1929-1934
Reich, Wilhelm; (Baxandall, Lee, ed.)
Book
1934
Wilhelm Reich's writings from his Marxist period, outlining his thoughts about sexual and political liberation.
Sharia "Socialists": I.S. Upholds Anti-Woman Religious Courts
Article
2006
It is mind-boggling that self-styled leftists would champion a campaign by the most reactionary, anti-woman forces in the Muslim community to have their religious law backed by the authority of the ca...
Situationist International Anthology
Knabb, Ken
Book
1981
A selection of Situationist writings.
Skeptical Inquirer: The Magazine for Science and Reason - Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Encourages the critical investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims from a responsible, scientific point of view and disseminates factual information about the results of such inquiries to t...
Socialism and Religion
Pannekoek, Anton
Article
1907
In declaring that religion is a private matter, we do not mean to say that it is immaterial to us, what general conceptions our members hold. We prefer a thorough scientific understanding to an unscie...
Socialism and The Churches
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1905
Social-Democracy in no way fights against religious beliefs. On the contrary, it demands complete freedom of conscience for every individual and the widest possible toleration for every faith and ever...
Socialist Register 1984: Volume 21: The Uses of Anti-Communism
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1984
Spiritual Warfare: The Politics of the Christion Right
Diamond, Sara
Book
1990
Sara Diamond ponders the threat the Christian Right poses to our society, the damage already done, and the extent of this evangelical religion's enduring political clout.
The State of the World Atlas
Kidron, Michael
Book
1981
Stolen Continents: The "New World" Through Indian Eyes
Wright, Ronald
Book
1992
A history of the Americas through Native eyes.
Taking on the Religious Right: A review of God and His Demons
Elich, Gregory
Article
2010
Michael Parenti confronts the dangers of religious fundamentalism.
The Theology of Respect
Malik, Kenan
Article
2006
What the new theology demands is, in fact, not respect but obedience. 'You will only say or do what we think is acceptable' has become the credo of the multiculturalist censor. It is an attitude that ...
A Threat from Within: A Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism
Rabkin, Yakov M.
Book
2004
Rabkin brings to light continuing Jewish opposition to Zionism, a religious tradition which presents a fundamental challenge to the idea of Israel as a Jewish state.
A Threat from Within: Jewish Opposition to Zionism - Review
Neumann, Michael
Article
2006
Review of a book on Jewish Orthodox opposition to Zionism.
Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals
Goodman, Paul
Book
1951
Whatever the subject, Goodman asks: What blocks and limits human freedom, joy, and creativity? What tends to release, free, liberate? In criticizing society and life his purpose is to improve. Goodman...
When Does Criticism of Islam become Islamophobia?
Malik, Kenan
Article
2013
Basic points that undergird about the relationship between criticism, Islam and Islamophobia. We should stop being so obsessed by the distinction between legitimate criticism and Islamophobia, and sta...
Why Do Jihadis Seem So Evil?
Malik, Kenan
Article
2015
The day before the Paris carnage, two suicide bombers killed at least 40 people in a Shia district of Beirut. The week after, two suicide bombings of street markets in Nigeria killed 49 people. Faced ...
Why Marx Was Right
Eagleton, Terry
Book
2011
Eagleton takes common objections to Marxism and demonstrates how and why they are wrong.
Women Enslaved by Islamic Reaction: Taliban: Bitter Fruit of U.S. Imperialism's Anti-Soviet War
Ibsen, Kathy
Article
2001
There is nothing progressive or "anti-imperialist" about being shrouded in the veil. Nor is it, as some liberals would maintain, a quaint cultural attribute. You wouldn't think you would have to be a ...
Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
1983
From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweepi...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Apostates of Islam
An organization of former Muslims.
Arusha Cross-Cultural Centre
Stimulate reflection and action by Canadians to promote equitable development of peoples at home and abroad, and communication and understanding among people of different cultures.
Bureau of Public Secrets
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
Citizens for Public Justice
CPJ is a national organization promoting justice in Canadian public affairs, responding politically to God's call for love toward our neighbour and responsibility for our environment. We use research,...
James Randi Educational Foundation
An educational resource on the paranormal, parascientific and the supernatural.
KenanMalik.com
Kenan Malik's home page. See also blog at http://kenanmalik.wordpress.com. Academically, my main areas of interest are the history of ideas; the history and philosophy of science; the philosophy of m...
Secular Web
The Secular Web is owned and operated by the Internet Infidels, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to defending and promoting a naturalistic worldview on the Internet. In the words o...
Sources
Sources specializes in collecting, indexing, and disseminating information to help journalists, editors, and researchers quickly reach articulate experts and spokespersons who can provide background i...
Women Living Under Muslim Law
WLUML is an international solidarity network that provides information and support for those women whose lives have been shaped by the customs and/or laws of Islam. It extends to more 70 countries and...
Zentralrat der Ex-Muslime
Dem Zentralrat der Ex-Muslime geh”ren Menschen an, die entweder den muslimischen Glauben aufgegeben haben oder die niemals Muslime waren, wenngleich sie aufgrund ihrer Herkunft aus einem sog. "muslimi...

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Chinese shrine seeks stock-market path to financial nirvana
Zhejiang's Mount Putuo is latest sacred site to contemplate listing, prompting alarm over commercialisation of Chinese culture
Branigan, Tania
2012
Mount Putuo in Zhejiang is the latest of several religious sites whose administrators have announced plans for a multimillion-pound stock-market flotation.
The City in History
Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
Mumford, Lewis
1961
Beginning with an interpretation of the origin and nature of the city, Mumford follows the city's development from Egypt and Mesopotamia through Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages to the modern world.
Encyclopedia of Religion and Society
Swatos Jr., William H.
1998
The sacred and profane continue to interface, conflict, and intermingle in novel ways. The Encyclopedia of Religion and Society provides a guide map for these developments. From succinct, brief notes ...
Fifty years ago, Cassius Clay ‘shook up the world’ by winning the heavyweight title – and
Marqusee, Mike
2014
The victory of the underdog who became Muhammad Ali – and how it wasn't just sport's hierarchies that were rocked by it. On the night of February 25, 1964, the 22 year old Cassius Clay defeated the su...
George Orwell: A Life
Crick, Bernard
1980
A biography of George Orwell.
Human Rights Council resolution on blasphemy
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by a resolution condemning #defamation of religions# which the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted on 25 March.
IFJ Backs Indian Calls for "Peace and Tolerance" in Media Reports of Religious Dispute
Sources News Release
2010
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called for journalists to play their part in keeping the peace in India where there are fears of community violence in a long-running religious ...
Jesus and Mo
A weekly comic strip, dealing in religious satire.
Making blasphemy an offence takes Europe back several centuries
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders condemns #with the utmost firmness# a new defamation law in Ireland that establishes blasphemy as an offence punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros. The law took effect o...
Medium7
Evidence of the Afterlife and Predictions
Donna Smith-Moncrieffe
2013
In the book Medium7: Evidence of the Afterlife and Predictions, renowned Canadian researcher and author Donna Smith-Moncrieffe shares insight from her journey to find truth about the nature of existen...
More than 180 Rights Organisations Reject Defamation of Religions Campaign
Sources News Release
2009
More than 180 rights organisations worldwide have banded together to oppose a "defamation of religions" campaign at the UN mounted by Islamic states that would make criticising religion a crime in UN ...
Noah's ark was round – so the ancient tablet tells us
Moss, Stephen
2014
Irving Finkel, curator of the British Museum's 130,000 Mesopotamian clay tablets, has spent 20 years investigating one that challenges the story of Noah and the flood.
Outrage at UN Human Rights Council resolution on defamation of religions
Sources News Release
2009
In the resolution it adopted yesterday on the defamation of religions, the United Nations Human Rights Council has yet again demonstrated its inability to defend the values enshrined in the Universal ...
Religion Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to religion in the Sources directory for the media.
Sources Select Religion Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
Religion experts available to take media calls about their area of expertise.
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance
Sources News Release
2009
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance.
Using the divine for corporate power
Review of The Empire God Built
Cowan, Kirsten
1998
Why Bad Beliefs Don't Die
Lester, George W.
2000
Because beliefs are designed to enhance our ability to survive, they are biologically designed to be strongly resistant to change. To change beliefs, skeptics must address the brain's "survival" issue...
Why is Religion Natural?
Boyer, Pascal
2003
Is religious belief a mere leap into irrationality as many skeptics assume? Psychology suggests that there may be more to belief than the suspension of reason.

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Atheists of Silicon Valley
Website
An Atheist is one who has no belief in any god or gods. We are an Atheist organization founded by Atheists for Atheists. We want to live religion-free lives and promote our U.S. Constitutional right...
Bureau of Public Secrets
Website
Articles from a Situationist perspective.