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
As I indicated in my previous post, we are badly in need of a new religion. Religion is not inherently bad, yet the fact that any of them promote guilt and fear, work to limit medical advances, oppress women, or abuse children should offend us. We cannot tolerate such aggregate antisocial behavior, but doing good … Continue reading New Religion for an Old Earth