Secularism Good for the Soul

Eboo Patel of the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago and one of the key leaders among the new generation of interfaith work writes an interesting reflection at “On Faith” on the importance of secularism.

“Those of us trying to bridge the faith divide would do well to welcome the nonreligious,” he writes. I am reminded of the atheist who is on the board of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio– one of the most committed to the work of bridging religious differences between his neighbors.

Much of the visible religious debate today emanates from the radical extremes: the hyper-religious engaged in mortal combat with the anti-religious. But most of us fall between these poles, and our freedom to believe and to live as we choose is largely due to the secular agreement that undergirds our civic lives.

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