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No. 5 2012THEME: Religion beyond science


Religion's Evolution

Natural or individual belief in God is present in all human cultures. Religion's function as a social glue seems to benefit from a combination of promises of future joys and the threat of upcoming afflictions. At the same time, we should be vigilant so that the secular foundations of our societies are not weakened.

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Where Atheism Became Religion

The Soviet regime tried to systematically destroy religions and instead created its own religious beliefs in the form of socialist atheism. Unlike other religions' divine promises, it soon became clear that its claimed utopia wasn't going to emerge.

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Without the Ability to Comprehend the Cosmos

The question of why the universe exists has baffled philosophers and scientists since antiquity. But even Descartes demonstrated the futility of looking for reasons based on expediency.

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Editor's Column

The Limits of Religion

Blaise Pascal was certainly not the first to reflect on the theme of this issue of Axess: the relationship between religion, science and atheism.

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NR 5 2012

Axess Magasin

Är en tidskrift inom området humaniora/samhällsvetenskap och utges av Axess Publishing AB. Tidskriftens målsättning är att fungera som en knutpunkt mellan den akademiska och den publicistiska sfären.


Chefredaktör: PJ Anders Linder
Redaktörer: David Andersson, Mats Wiklund, Jan Söderqvist.
Redaktionssekreterare: Katarina O’Nils Franke
Redaktionsråd: Peter Elmlund, Thomas Gür, Peter Luthersson, Nathan Shachar, Louise Belfrage
Ansvarig utgivare: Peter Elmlund


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