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 […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
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. […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
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, […]Read More..
I’m looking through you, where did you go? I thought I knew you, what did I know? You don’t look different, but you have changed; I’m looking through you, you’re not the same. (The Beatles: McCartney and Lennon) All in all, liberals were happier when he was opaque. Since January 2009, we have been confused […]Read More..
The funniest thing about Wily Coyote is how far he has gone beyond the edge of the cliff before he gives that big-eyed “Uh-oh!” expression, realizing he’s got a long fall coming. It isn’t funny to the coyote but it is to us. It’s our schadenfreude: the joy we derive from the misfortune of people […]Read More..