There are two kinds of people: those who lie only when the occasion calls for it, and those who tell the truth only when it suits their purposes. Those who always tell the truth, no matter what, because that wins them the favor of a god, or their mother, or whatever, are in the latter … Continue reading Honesty
I just had an epiphany. You may be familiar with the "seven deadly sins," listed here for your convenience: Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Wrath, Greed, Sloth. Something has always bothered me about that list. It didn't seem balanced. It didn't seem complete. Something … I just couldn't put my finger on it. Then I saw a … Continue reading Abusing Power
I am going to lay all my cards on the table. I am a naturalist, which is to say that everything I have experienced and learned about suggests to me that the world is more or less as we perceive it, subject to our physical limitations. There doesn't appear to be a supernatural realm, filled … Continue reading Faith, Hope, and Reality
You may ask, "What is the difference between Real World Religion and, say, Pastafarianism?" The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster originated in 2005, with an open letter by Bobby Henderson to protest the Kansas State Board of Education decision to permit public schools to teach "intelligent design" alongside evolution. It has quickly evolved into … Continue reading Is This for Real?
I love questions like this. They lead into great dialogues. Question: Why do I trash religion? Answer: I don't do anything of the kind. I like religion. I hate blind faith, and that's what I oppose. Okay, fine, but religion is bound up with faith. They are inseparable, so... Question: Why waste your time on … Continue reading False Faith and Real Religion
Rudolf Bultmann (in The Crisis of Faith) explained his thinking that "God" is that which (or who) makes us finite. Of course, that was only part of Bultmann's conception of God, but it was enough to get me thinking about what it is that causes "finity" in our experiences. Doesn't chaos makes us finite? We … Continue reading Finity