religion

We need to start having honest discussions in America about the truth that there are radicalized Christians living here. One example would be the so-called Dominionists, who believe that humanity must exercise dominion over (i.e., have blatant disregard for)  the planet in order for Christ to come again. It’s fine to believe that nonsense if…

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I see a lot of posts on social media that seem to reflect a belief that the purpose of religion is to change the way things in life turn out. People seem to believe that if they say the right prayers they will avoid bad outcomes and guarantee good outcomes. That’s not faith, it’s magical…

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I am constantly amazed at how many people are manipulated into voting against their self-interest. Of course, there are times when compassion may lead us to vote against our apparent self-interest, but in truth a vote cast out of compassion is always in everyone’s self-interest. I am referring to those people who struggle financially but vote for candidates…

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Claims of religious freedom are never legitimately used to diminish another. Such claims are never really claims of religious freedom at all, but rather claims of fear that seek to control another and make them smaller. They must be rejected by people of good faith

You can choose to focus on the few times you try to do the right thing and, for whatever reason, are unable to do so. You will be miserable. On the other hand, you can choose to focus on the many times you succeed in doing the right thing, and you will be joyful because…

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Fundamentalism, regardless of the tradition in which it is found – and it is found in all traditions – is always dysfunctional. The perceived need to defend ones views from attack only arises when the perceived attacks have at least the appearance of merit. After all, if the claims were absurd on their face nobody…

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Many people today complain that religion simply isn’t relevant to their lives. While religion certainly has some of the blame to bear, it’s also true that we all are responsible for our own journeys. If we want to go deeper and whatever community we are involved with doesn’t seem to offer opportunities to go deeper,…

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It’s really sad that when I choose titles like the ones for this post, I get more views than when I use serious spiritual titles. The word “religion” means “to bind back.” I does sort of sound like the slogan for a leather bar, doesn’t it? The question is, to what will be we bound?…

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There is a faction within Christian fundamentalism that is quite simply unwilling to consider the findings of science, particular regarding things like climate change, the age of the earth, and cosmology. Some well intended people believe that progressive Christians need to engage our less informed brothers and sisters about the inadvisability of things like willfully polluting…

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