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SSC Journal Club: Analytical Thinking Style And Religion

[Content warning: religious people might feel kind of like this objectifies them and treats them as weird phenomena to be explained away.] A major theme of this blog is: why do people disagree so intractably? And what can we do … Continue reading

A Theory About Religion

Related to Monday’s post but spun off for length reasons: my crazy theory about where religion comes from. (this is not the day we start heeding warnings to beware amateur sociology) The near-universal existence of religion across cultures is surprising. … Continue reading

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The Ideology Is Not The Movement

I. Why is there such a strong Sunni/Shia divide? I know the Comparative Religion 101 answer. The early Muslims were debating who was the rightful caliph. Some of them said Abu Bakr, others said Ali, and the dispute has been … Continue reading

Answer to Job

(with apologies to Jung) Job asked: “God, why do bad things happen to good people? Why would You, who are perfect, create a universe filled with so much that is evil?” Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the … Continue reading

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There Are Rules Here

[source: sowhatfaith.com] Patheos’ Science On Religion points out that liberal Protestantism is dying even as more conservative Protestant movements thrive. This seems counterintuitive in the context of society as a whole becoming less religious and conservative. So what’s going on? … Continue reading

A Paradox of Ecclesiology

[Epistemic status: Sloppy. You’re going to have to read between the lines and fill in some of the holes here.] I. Some rationalists study ecclesiology. I used to think this was dumb. Now I appreciate it a little more. Let … Continue reading

Semite Times: The Bible In Palindromes

GENESIS Dumb mud “Madam, I’m Adam” Eve damned Eden, mad Eve Cain: a maniac EXODUS Egad, no bondage! “Live not on evil!” LEVITICUS Repel a leper NUMBERS & DEUTERONOMY Are we not drawn onwards, we Jews, drawn onward to new … Continue reading

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Papal PR

Congratulations are due to the Pope for being Time’s Person of the Year. I would have voted for Snowden, but the Pope is a perfectly respectable choice. At least he’s an individual human being and not a vague demographic or … Continue reading

Giving and Accepting Apologies

“Saying ‘I’m sorry’ is the same as saying ‘I apologize.’ Except at a funeral.” – Demetri Martin Today was the Day of Atonement. As an atheist, I find it hard to appreciate atonement in its cosmic, maybe-not-even-possible sense. But I … Continue reading

The What-You’d-Implicitly-Heard-Before Telling Thing

G. K. Chesterton, whom I praised yesterday, is also famous for the argument of the “truth-telling thing”: “This, therefore, is, in conclusion, my reason for accepting the religion and not merely the scattered and secular truths out of the religion. … Continue reading