Commentators routinely remark on the sophisticated use of media by the organization that calls itself the Islamic State, but in the past few weeks many Muslims have been using the Twitter hashtag #NotInMyName to offer a counter-narrative about Islam. The campaign began earlier this month with a video released by the London-based Active Change Foundation, featuring British Muslims speaking out against the organization (variously known as ISIS and ISIL), which, they say, does “not represent Islam or any Muslim.” A recent tweet using the hashtag stated that, “ISIS is not a representation of Islam. My religion is based upon principles of respect, love and harmony.”Read the rest of In whose name? ISIS, Islam, and social media.
Richard Amesbury is Professor of Theological Ethics and Director of the Institute for Social Ethics at the University of Zurich. He is the author of Morality and Social Criticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and Faith and Human Rights (Fortress, 2008). Read Nathan Schneider's interview with Amesbury here, and read Richard Amesbury's contributions to Reflections on summer reading, Reflections on summer reading, Surveying religious knowledge, Religion and the midterm elections, and After Sandy.
Posts by Richard Amesbury:
How could a human invention hold such sway over us as a people? Garry Wills argues that the gun is, for most Americans, a sacred object.Read the rest of One nation under Gun?.
An influential thinker in the areas of Christology, eschatology, and the problem of evil, Hick will likely best be remembered for his “pluralistic hypothesis.”Read the rest of John Hick (1922 – 2012).
A Tennessee judge has upheld his earlier decision allowing the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro to build a new mosque and community center.Read the rest of Islam: still a religion in Tennessee.
Mark Oppenheimer discusses Charles Taylor’s work and its reception in a wide-ranging essay in The Nation.Read the rest of Oppenheimer: the politics of authenticity?.
In the current issue of the New Yorker, James Wood reviews The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now (Princeton, 2011).Read the rest of Secularism and its discontents.
Julia Galef reports for Religion Dispatches on philosopher Keith Parsons’s decision to quit doing philosophy of religion. In September, Parsons, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, had announced on the The Secular Outpost.Read the rest of Adieu to philosophy of religion?.