Rob Bell in Indianapolis

Letting you know about this upcoming event. It is close to sold out, so if you plan to attend, you should act fast! [Read more…]

Rewatching The Black Hole

I just rewatched the science fiction movie The Black Hole, to introduce my son to it. I was particularly eager to see what I myself thought of the ending, and indeed whether it meant what I had interpreted it to mean when I watched it in my youth. And I wondered what my son would [Read More…]

You Can Own The Sarcasm Shirt

I made a mock-up of a shirt that says “Sarcasm is my Spiritual Gift,” and learned that I wasn’t the first to think that such a shirt ought to exist. And in response to my blog post, the person who had previously sold the shirts via Teespring decided to make them available again. And so [Read More…]

Nones and Mystics

There have been nuns who have been mystics. But that’s not what this is about. It has been common for religious freethinkers of various types to be labeled atheists by their religious opponents, and then claimed as such by atheists as well. But in many instances, these individuals are spiritual and may not sit comfortably in the [Read More…]

Spiritual Agoraphobia

The quote comes from my blog post “Spiritual Agoraphobia” from a few years ago. [Read more…]

Atheism Isn’t Skepticism

A recent IO9 article indicated that more people in Britain believe in ghosts and aliens than in God. IO9 also highlighted a science experiment that might offer an explanation of why people see/feel ghosts (which Smithsonian also reported on), talked about spirituality and pseudoscience in science fiction, and shared an infographic of misconceptions which are widespread, [Read More…]

Spirituality and Skepticism

I saw the cartoon below on Facebook. Take a look at it, and then I’ll share some thoughts on it. It strikes me as ironic that the supposed skeptic is having a conversation with a fairy. But it seems to me that the supposed skeptic is being deliberately difficult. Lots of things are incorporeal – [Read More…]

To Be Spiritual Is To Be Amazed

There is also a fake Buddha quote related to amazement.   [Read more…]

Spiritual Consumers

“You can’t just be a spiritual consumer. You have to be a spiritual producer because other people need what you have.” – Father Lou DelFra (quoted in Got Religion? by Naomi Schaefer Riley) [Read more…]

Cosmos Episode 2: Survival of the Friendliest

I am almost two weeks behind in my watching of and blogging about Cosmos. The second episode does a great job of introducing evolution, beginning with the shift from natural to artificial selection that turned wolves into dogs. DNA is depicted visually in a way that some have not appreciated, but who knows what a [Read More…]