May 20, 2019

  By James A. Haught In the mid-1800s, an imprisoned Persian allegedly saw a vision of a “heavenly maiden” who informed him of his holy status. Later he declared that he was Baha’u’llah, the Promised One of All Religions. In effect, he said he was Jesus returning for Christians, the Messiah coming for Jews, Lord Krishna coming for Hindus, a long-awaited divine imam coming for Muslims, etc. He drew thousands of followers, called Baha’i. Surrounding Shi’ite Muslims massacred them, but… Read more

May 17, 2019

The central animating principles of The Fountainhead and of Atlas Shrugged are fatally at odds. Read more

May 15, 2019

The rising popularity of eco-friendly, non-traditional methods for disposing of the dead is a sign that religion’s grip is weakening. Also, sad news on Rachel Held Evans. Read more

May 13, 2019

UU is full of doubters. Why isn’t the denomination honest enough to say so? Read more

May 10, 2019

Ayn Rand’s startling endorsement of labor unions, and why she never learned the lesson taught by her own book. Read more

May 8, 2019

The quiet radicalism of universal compassion and acceptance. Read more

May 6, 2019

By James A. Haught The Lilly Endowment, a rich foundation created by pharmaceutical heirs, says part of its mission is to “deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians” and to “foster public understanding about religion and help lift up in fair and accurate ways the contributions that people of diverse religious faiths make to our greater civic well-being.” The foundation just donated $4.9 million to the Associated Press and a consortium of groups to “expand religion news reporting.”… Read more

May 4, 2019

This month in songs of resistance and rebellion, here’s Chvrches with one of the most pointedly political songs from their latest album. The lyrics allude to the drowning of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea and tenants who burned to death in the U.K.’s Grenfell Tower fire. Vocalist Lauren Mayberry said about the song: “The main stimulus was seeing people with power choose to not reference things and never be held accountable…” Read more

May 3, 2019

Happiness is a good thing – or is it? Read more

May 1, 2019

If we’re going to save the world from climate change, we need to think about healing the harm that’s already been done. Read more

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