The Council for Secular Humanism aims to "cultivate rational inquiry, ethical values, and human development through the advancement of secular humanism." By organising meetings, and sponsoring publications, the Council for Secular Humanism promotes the agenda of secular humanism which, broadly speaking, entails the conviction that all ideologies, whether religious or not, need to be weighed by the scientifically reasoning individual rather than accepted by faith. The Council's well-maintained website offers a great variety of information, both on secular humanism in general, and on its own activities. The site is broken into several categories including: a helpful introduction to secular humanism; information on the Council's activities; a biography of Paul Kurtz, the Coucil's founder; information on the Council's journal Free Inquiry; links to affiliated organisations; and an index of international humanist groups. All information is free of charge and written in English.
The European Institute of Religious Studies, part of the École Pratique des Hautes Études in France, brings together research centres related to religion and acts as a centre of expertise on the history of religions and contemporary religious questions. One of its main goals is to draw connections between researchers and academics in religious studies and the teaching of religious studies at the primary and secondary school level. To this end the Institute's website includes information on its training programmes and seminars, as well as a number of resources, primarily in French, that can be adapted for teaching purposes. These resources, found in the virtual library, include summaries of books or articles and suggestions for their use in teaching, and cover: general religion; Christianity; Islam; Judaism; secularism; school and religion; Europe and religions; and religious studies. Many of these resources would be appropriate for a higher education context. The site also has a good selection of links on these topics. The site will be of interest to students and lecturers looking for references on religious studies.
This is the homepage of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (ISSSC) at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. It was launched in 2005 to promote an appreciation of the role played by secular values and the process of secularization itself in modern society and culture. It engages primarily in academic research and curriculum development, and organises public events. Details of these activities are available from the site. This homepage also allows visitors to access numerous resources without charge. These include online version of books; reports; surveys; articles; speeches; pictures; course information; and press releases. The institute is directed by Barry A. Kosmin and receives funding from the Posen Foundation of Lucerne, Switzerland.
'Investigating Atheism' is a website put together by a few academics at the Faculty of Divinity of the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. They seek to stimulate discussion about the important topic of Atheism (derived from the Greek words 'a' for 'without' and 'theos' for 'God') and to present fully independent but informed statement about the subject. This website gives a useful overview of several issues and the contents are organised under the following headings: Definition of Atheism; Current Controversies; History of Atheism (17th-20th century); Who's Who (17th-20th century); Atheist Politics and Associations; Demographics of Atheism; Atheist Arguments; Atheism and Morality; Atheism and Meaning; Atheism and Violence; and Atheism and Science. Also available are: a number of articles; the bibliography of print-based works in the various areas discussed; and annotated links to relevant websites. A search engine is provided.
The Secular Web is published by the volunteer organisation, the Internet Infidels, a group of atheists and 'freethinkers'. Their aim is to promote metaphysical naturalism, and combat theistic beliefs. Although the majority of the essays and discussions there are concerned with attacking or defending Christianity, it is claimed that this is merely statistical and that the Secular Web is intended to be a broader project. Users will find an extensive number of documents and resources here. New essays and comments are added to the 'What's New' section of the site and their 'Kiosk' hyperlink contains information on new publications, including some excerpts. The 'Library' contains a large number of texts from important atheist and humanist writers, from Epicurus to the present day.
This website allows access to the full-text of 'Turkey: Islam and Laicism Between the Interests of State, Politics and Society' (ISBN: 978-3-937829-49-4). This report, written by Cemal Karakas, was published by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) in 2007 (PRIF Reports No.78). The work takes a close look at the relationship between Islam and laicism in Turkey, and discusses the processes of desecularization and Islamization which the country underwent in recent times. It contains the following chapter headings: Introduction; Diverging interpretations of secularism and laicism in Europe and Turkey; Politicization of religion "from below": The institutionalization of the Islamic movement; The Turkish-Islamic synthesis (TIS) and the re-politicization of religion "from above"; The era of Turgut Ozal: New dynamism and self-confidence for Islamic interest groups; The rise and fall of the Islamist Welfare Party (RP); Post-Islamists or Islamists? Objectives and actions of the Justice and Development Party (AKP); and Conclusion.