The Religious Pundit Class Equivalent of Hippie Punching

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Director/producer Alan D. Miller seems like a very intelligent guy, he participates in the NY Salon after all, so I was disappointed to see him participate in the religious pundit class version of "hippie punching": criticizing all those "spiritual but not religious" people for CNN's Belief Blog. You see, these spiritual (but not religious) people are very shallow, and don't realize how darn important the Christian Bible has been to human history. "A bit of Yoga here, a Zen idea … [Read more...]

Money, The New Age, and Esalen’s Midlife Crisis

A view of Big Sur, California.

Don Lattin, author of "The Harvard Psychedelic Club" and "Following Our Bliss," reports on growing pains at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, for the Religion News Service. According to Lattin's piece, there are growing complaints about the "corporatization" of Esalen, long a haven for spiritual seekers, with some claiming it is "turning into a spa for the 1 percent." "David Price, the son of the late Richard Price and a former general manager of the institute, is one of many … [Read more...]

Paganism and the Decline of “Religion”

Pagans dance in "nonreligious" Estonia. Photo: BBC.

Back in March the BBC reported on a study that predicted the extinction of religion in nine countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland. The mathematical model used to make this prediction is very similar to one used to predict the extinction of languages. The idea is simple: as the population of religiously non-affiliated individuals grow, their preferences start to become attractive to more and more … [Read more...]


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