Church is no substitute for religion, Part 2: The Spirituality Gap

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“Religion” is about symbol, myth, and ritual, while “church” is about community, morality/ethics, and ideology/politics. Here in the West, it seems we’ve gotten the church cart before the “horse” of religion. Potlucks and creeds are the outgrowth of religion, not the cause of it. [Read more...]

Church is no substitute for religion, Part 1: The Sunday Assembly and Religionless Church

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The Sunday Assembly wants to be “all the best parts of church but without the religion”, but I think they’ve got it backwards. What I am longing for is not “church without religion”, but “religion without church”. And I don’t think it’s just me. In fact, I wonder if maybe the growing numbers of “Nones” aren’t looking for the same thing. [Read more...]

My god may be blind, but I’m not: Why theists don’t have a corner on religious experience

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Some atheists have had experiences which are very similar, if not identical, to those of theists — they have just come to different conclusions about those experiences. Don’t believe me? Read on. [Read more...]

Are monism and polytheism a matter of temperament?

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It would be beneficial if we as a community would stop looking at one another as deficient because we perceive the divinity differently. It’s natural, when we discover something beautiful, to want to share it, and even to get frustrated when other’s can’t see it. But the fact is that our perceptions are selective. And by attending to one for of beauty, we necessarily cut ourselves off from other forms. The problem comes when we start insisting that our limited vision is all there is to see, rather than a piece of the puzzle. [Read more...]

Being an atheist just ain’t what it used to be

God is not the answer to our questions. “God” is the name for the question itself. This is not a God in the gaps, in the sense of God filling the gaps in our knowledge, gaps which are increasingly shrunk by the advance of science — it a God who is a gap-maker, a God whose only commandment is to “forbid our premature closing of accounts with reality”, a God who reminds us to “love the questions” at least as much as the answers. [Read more...]

My Favorite Posts From July

There’s so much interesting blogging going on in our community. I want to highlight a few items from last month (in no particular order). [Read more...]


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