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A New Ambiguity

Christianity is unnecessary. I keep trying to remember that. It’s silly to think that Christianity was somehow historically inevitable. It may seem that way looking back, two thousand years hence, and perhaps it’s useful to… 791 more words

Daniel Hayes

And So Now What?

I’m reading Karen Armstrong’s The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, to help me better understand what are called axial religions. Already, beginning as she does with more so-called primitive religions, I’m getting the picture of how God or the gods or deities or spirits could actually be embedded in daily life, existing in objects, and so rendering our distinction between higher and lower, transcendent and immanent, largely beside the point. 865 more words

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Misguided

In the public arena, there’s been on ongoing battle between atheists (Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, Dennett) and those who support some form of religiosity or a belief in a higher being (ranging from hardcore evangelicals to new-age spiritualists). 696 more words

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Curiosity

I’ve been reading Stathis Gourgouris’s “Lessons in Secular Criticism” and finding myself annoyed. Or at least realizing what matters to me most. Gourgouris’s book is a diatribe against recent developments in theories of the secular, which he considers politically retrograde (i.e., conservative in spirit, and certainly so in terms of their implications). 289 more words

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20 Reasons Why The World Is Full Of Dumb People Who Think They're Smart

1. The average IQ is 100. It has always been 100 and it will always be 100 because the test is graded on a curve with 100 indicating “average.” It’s a test that compares the test taker to their peers. 1,173 more words

My Head, Spun

I hadn’t quite meant to say—in a general sense—that a moral objection to X (in this case, homosexuality) comes first, as almost visceral opinion, and only then comes the justification (i.e., reasons, argumentation, intellectualization). 507 more words

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How It Works (Part 2)

I tried in my previous “Primer” to describe contemporary Christian sensibilities on the question of homosexuality (with sex-same marriage as the hot-button issue). I wasn’t quite putting myself in the shoes of, say, conservative Christians; but I was trying to avoid the easy, polemical attributions of outsiders. 1,717 more words

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