Chelsea Green Publishing

What Religion Can Learn From Homeland Security

If there is one thing we know about religion, it is that the United States is far more religious than any European country.  80 percent of us tell pollsters we’re “Christian,” and over 90% of us tell them we believe in God; 40% are regular church-goers.  Megachurches may look like metastasized malls, and their message may often be hyped-up watered-down feel-good, but the crowd size says it’s working well enough to draw many thousands of people a week.  As a nation, we trust in God – it even says so on our money. However, when you start asking how many people actually attend church, it’s a much different picture.  Researchers counting actual church attendance in more than 300,000 Christian congregations totaled 52 million people, or 17.7 percent of the American population in 2004.[1]  About 82% do not attend church regularly.
 
The fastest growing faith groups in the country are atheists and nonbelievers. In just the eleven years from 1990 to 2001, they more than
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When God Demands An Abortion

The fundamental position of both the Roman Catholic church and the pro-life movement is that the most important of all considerations is the brute fact of a single individual human life. Every single human life is considered sacred, even at conception: more sacred than any other consideration. It is the quantity of life that is […]
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Something is Very Wrong with the Bin Laden Kill Story

Bin Laden “was used in the same way that 9/11 was used to mobilize the emotions and feelings of the American people in order to go to a war that had to be justified through a narrative that Bush junior created and Cheney created about the world of terrorism.” — Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik With […]
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America’s God

As even ancient theologians could have seen, the U.S. worships at the altar of Pluto: the god of riches and death.  Our Plutocracy has become desperate in its end stages.  The gap between the rich and the rest is now bigger than it was during the Great Depression 80 years ago. Robert Reich reports that […]
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Who Will Bribe History for Us?

Two days before Christmas, the Associated Press wrote of Halliburton’s generous gift of $250 million to Nigerian officials, to bribe their government into dropping the criminal bribery charges against former Halliburton CEO and former U.S.  Vice President Dick Cheney.  Former President George G. W. Bush and former Secretary of State James Baker reportedly also made […]
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Truth Seeks Light; Evil Loves the Dark

Reposted from Firedoglake. It’s hard for an American to admit that we have become a country whose President now claims the power to arrest and detain indefinitely – or even order the assassination of — any American citizen that the President – without official charges, trial and conviction – sees as some sort of threat. […]
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What’s Truth Got to Do With It?

Imagine a man who lived some time ago.*  From an early age, he was drawn to religion.  He went to the formal service every week, sometimes even taking notes.  He believed everything his church taught him, never felt a need to challenge the teachings, and tried to live as he was told he should.  He […]
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Science’s Salvation Story

Using the words “Science” and “Salvation” in the same breath needs some preparation so people in both camps don’t hyperventilate.  “Science” means “knowledge.”  It can’t guarantee that the knowledge is good, or that it will still be considered true in a year.  “Salvation” can mean “to save,” or to make healthy and whole (with its […]
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The Story of God’s Birth

We know that a baby’s birth and early life story shape behavioral styles that are often carried through adulthood.  We express it through aphorisms: “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”; “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Others link childhood trauma or abuse with adult behavior. The Greeks said, “Character is […]
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Apatheism: the Third Path

Few people would expect a radically modern attitude toward religion or the gods from the oldest story in the world.  The epic of Gilgamesh is a story over a thousand years older than the Iliad or the Bible.  It was only discovered – written in Cuneiform on hundreds of baked clay tablets – in 1850, […]
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A Moral Argument for Abortion

In the game-changing 1973 Roe v. Wade case, abortion was framed as an issue of women’s rights.   The women’s movement was in full swing, and it was easy to see why women would believe they should have the right to abort an unwanted fetus.   But the “rights” frame proved to be an easy […]
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