Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Christianity

Bible Stories Fit Common Patterns of Magic and Wizardry

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Part 3 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic One person’s religion is another person’s magic and vice versa. — Unknown (Read Part 2 here.) The Bible is full of magic. In … Continue reading

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From Your Mouth to God’s Ear—How We Jump from Wishing to Believing

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Part 2 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. –Arthur C. Clarke (Read Part 1 here.) Human beings have told stories about miracles and … Continue reading

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Miracles are Magic by Another Name

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Part 1 of a 7-Part Series — Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a … Continue reading

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Owned: Slaves, Women, Children and Livestock

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Now available here in audio!  “Owned:  Slaves, Women, Children and Livestock,” by Valerie Tarico, is excerpted from the upcoming audio-book Women v. Religion, ed. Karen Garst. The whole book is awesome, and you can get a print or kindle version … Continue reading

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The ‘ethics’ of the Catholic bishops? Freud had a name for that: Reaction formation.

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As Pennsylvania investigators worked to confirm up to 1000 cases of sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, a panel of Catholic ethicist-theologians appointed by the bishops was also hard at work.   Like the Pennsylvania team, the panel serving the bishops sought to … Continue reading

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When Religious Teachings Become Immoral

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Religious teachings that once made sense sometimes become harmful under changing conditions. That can put believers in the awkward position of defending practices—either historical or current—that are now widely perceived to be questionable or even immoral. The Abrahamic religions–Judaism, Christianity … Continue reading

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Why is the Bible So Badly Written?

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Many passages in the Bible would get kicked back by any competent editor or writing professor, kicked back with a lot of red ink—often, in fact, more red than black. Continue reading

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