View from the Centre

Shallow Secularism

In my last View from the Centre I commented on the crisis in Iraq in which radical Sunni Islamists are attempting to purge the region of those not aligned with their vision of an Islamic state. Since then the humanitarian situation has worsened. Outside governments, including ours, wrestle with the vexed question of how to respond.


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CPX in the Media

Atheism has a creation myth, too - Where does atheism come from? The account offered in Nick Spencer's recent book 'Atheists: The Origin of the Species' might surprise you, suggests Simon Smart at The Drum.
Ending religion won’t end the conflict - The Middle East conflict might not be the best advert for religion, but it is a na├»ve presumption to assume that getting rid of religion would make the world a better place, writes Michael Bird at The Drum.
Why don’t we hear about persecuted Christians? - Natasha Moore at The Drum on one of the most under-reported stories of our time: the global persecution of Christians.
Food for thoughtful people - don’t always make a meal of it - Natasha Moore writes for The Sydney Morning Herald on food, gluttony and the spiritual aspects of fasting.
Secular and religious progressives can work together - Barney Zwartz writes for The Sydney Morning Herald on why secular and religious progressives should regard each other with less suspicion and work together on the causes they agree on.