On Karl Popper, George Gurdjieff, and Nondisprovable Hypotheses

Whenever I have mentioned “Gurdjieff’s Partition,” which is the concept that disprovable hypotheses are the province of science, nondisprovable ones the province of faith, some have responded that this concept was proposed by Karl Popper. Perhaps so. But the two men had entirely different agendas for why they were making the proposal. [Read more…]

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How Atheism Kills Students

I’m sure that got your attention. I mean only a certain kind of atheism: if thinking that the First Amendment requires hostility to all religion and leads one to fight against implementation of support systems that could protect students from being overcome by social and psychological problems, then, in that sense, atheism can definitely kill teenagers. [Read more…]

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Yes, Atheism Is a Genuine Religion

Religion does not need to be social, shared, a church; a person’s religion can be individual, singular, unique. Belief in the value of truth, dedication to the pursuit of truth, is itself a religious value, the one that underlies science. This is one way we might consider Atheism to be a religion. [Read more…]

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Of Blogging, the Virtues of Atheism, and the Epidemic Mental Illnesses That Are Destroying All Societies

I have not been posting much on this blog lately. My attention has been concentrated on getting out the first volume of the History of the Craft in America that has been growing for decades (and taking care of my family). My old friend Robert Matheisen, Professor Emeritus at Brown University, has been going over [Read More…]

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Aljazeera Is Radio Free America–and Remember Pete Seeger

I switched to Aljazeera, and found a panel discussion about the lasting importance of Pete Seeger’s 80-odd years of activism. And it struck me that Aljazeera is the only news source that tells the truth, because it is not controlled by US corporations. [Read more…]

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Understanding the Divine Is Always Personal

I believe a primary agenda of the Divine is to protect our free will, our agency, by always leaving it ambiguous whether an intervention was a coincidence. But perhaps an even more primary agenda is to save our lives. [Read more…]

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Why Is Sex a Problem at All? The Poison of Puritanism

Why don’t human beings just have sex whenever they feel like it—which is usually—just for the pleasure of it? (It is Sunday morning. I did not listen to a sermon. As you can see, I instead wrote one—or, at least, a Pagan equivalent.) [Read more…]

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Retrieving the Myth of Jesus and Sophia, Part II

Understanding what the actual theology of the classical Gnostics was about depends on understanding what they meant by the Greek term “Paston,” usually translated as “bridal chamber.” In context the term meant a type of experience, not to a physical location, so it is better translated as “sacred marriage,” a term whose connotations are much [Read More…]

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Retrieving the Myth of Jesus and Sophia, Part I

In various previous blogs I have been pursuing the myth of Jesus and Sophia. I think of that myth as a palimpsest over the historical Joshua and Miriam, one that encoded the theology of the Marianite Christians, the name I am giving to the community in Alexandria that I think was founded by Mary Magdalene [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 36: The Holy Apostle Mary Sings of Her Husband; Dante II

XL. The Holy Apostle Mary Sings of Her Husband [An excerpt from the Gaulish Chronicles as translated by S. Dugan and A. Verrazano] When I was young, I waited for him, not knowing when he would come, or even if he would come. I did not know what he would look like; I had forgotten [Read More…]

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