Beyond the Corrupt Parts of Religion

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French philosopher Paul Ricoeur pointed out how many people are attracted to traditional religion out of a need for the rules it imposes and the comforts it can provide.  He called these two elements, (taboo and refuge) the “corrupt” parts of religion, and opined that in mature faith we must … [Read more...]

Reexamining the Definition of Religion

Did you know that words like f-bomb, sexting, brain cramp, and earworm have now earned an official place in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary? Each year hundreds of new words are added to the dictionary in order to account for our ever-changing vocabulary. New words, such as copernicium, are introduced … [Read more...]

The Problem with Religious Belief

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Religious beliefs present many logical problems. If hell is a fiery place under the earth, why have geologists never found sign of it?  Where would heaven actually be in the skies that astronomers have never located? If the Christian God would only save Christians, doesn’t that make him mean, … [Read more...]

Trust…and the Religious Believer

How does the issue of trust figure into religious belief? Who shows greater trust—religious believers, or nonbelievers? In their article, “Trust in a “Fallen World”: The Case of Protestant Theological Conservatism,” researchers Hempel, Matthews and Bartkowski[1] shed light on this issue … [Read more...]

The Big Misunderstanding

  There is something religious believers don’t understand. It is about humanists (and others who don’t explicitly believe in God)—and it is important. Unfortunately some types of preachers imply that without belief in God we are forced into sinful, chaotic lifestyles and empty, … [Read more...]

Oneness—Not Just for Buddhists

Most people are probably somewhat aware of the oneness principle of Buddhism.  For Buddhists, oneness means there is no separation between one person and another, no separation between people and the substance of the universe, and no separation between the physical and the spiritual parts of … [Read more...]