Islamic Conversion: From Worship of Feelings to Worship of Allah

Despite the advance of secularism in Western societies since the renaissance, the appeal of religion has retained its status among many who are otherwise immersed in the glories of reason’s advance over faith, i.e., political freedom, material prosperity, scientific and technological advancement. The most disturbing trend, of course, is the apparent rise in the prevalence of religious radicalism—in particular, Islamic radicalism. Continue reading

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Benevolence as a Corollary of Individualism

The fundamental philosophic alternative in the realms of ethics and politics is individualism or collectivism. Western society, to varying degrees depending on specific culture and country, is rooted in the tradition of individualism. Emanating from the philosophic traditions of ancient Greece through the rise of Christian Aristotelianism in medieval Europe, culminating in the Enlightenment era and carrying on to this day: individualism is the hallmark of Western society. Continue reading

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