The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: When a friend turns to fundamentalism

Can we not have the "life, meaning, and beauty" without the "swindle of religious belief"? Can we not have the peace without the "illusion"? Can not my friend find salvation from suicide without resort to religious fundamentalism? [Read more...]

Longing and Grace in Lev Grossman’s The Magician King

God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. … – Rilke You, the great homesickness I could never shake off … – Rilke I [Read More...]

Who’s in charge here? Grace, humility, and defiance of fate

I’ve been thinking about grace and humility lately. Last Sunday in the Spirit Circle discussion group at my local UU congregation, we were talking about who to credit/blame for the good/bad in our lives. The Christian in our group shared his belief that, whenever his life goes wrong, he knows he has done something wrong, [Read More...]

Jesus saved me from Christianity … so I could become Pagan

Jason Mankey recently posted an interesting essay about what he calls the “Pagan/Atheist alliance“.  In his post, Jason raises the question whether Christians are, at least in some instances, the more natural ally of Pagans than atheists.  He specifically has in mind those atheists who tend to mock all religion, seeming for sport.  He also [Read More...]

A more interesting idea of goodness

My wife teaches a class once a month at her Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) congregation.  She teaches the women’s group called the Relief Society.  Each month she is assigned to give a lesson on the subject of a talk given by one of the (male) church leaders at the most recent biannual General Conference of the [Read More...]


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