Recent attacks in Paris and Nigeria have once again cast a light on extreme elements of Islam. Many in the West condemn these extremists, some through hyperbolic statements denouncing the Islamic faith, others with declarations of unity with the majority of Muslims who practice their faith peacefully. The rise of Islamic extremism is a complex issue. Few commentators have compared it with Christianity’s religious history and the relationship between extreme ideology and transforming political structures. In the case of ISIS, some useful and interesting parallels exist.Read More
Perhaps no other news item generates as much controversy as debates over
whether gay marriage should be legalized. And perhaps no other issue is
as poorly understood or historically myopic either. This post delves into the historical evolution of church attitudes towards marriage.
A response to Robert Joustra's article about secularism, religion, and the establishment of Canada's Office of Religious Freedom. Joustra examines secularism and religion and its role in Canadian foreign policy. We examine the different conceptions of secularism he presents and some examples of the role religion has played in Canadian history.Read More