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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What Kavanaugh Could Have Said That Would Have Been Honest

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The most serious lie, and it is one Kavanaugh is telling himself, is that he actually knows what went on that night. One thing I learned as a psychotherapist is that we tend to believe the stories we tell ourselves … 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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Why Some Women Still Vote Republican and What Can be Done About It

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Lists of crazy comments about women by Republican men have been an internet staple for years. If the party agenda were to alienate as many females as possible, they should be doing quite well. Worse yet, from an impact standpoint, … Continue reading

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Immigrant Doctor Leana Wen to Head Planned Parenthood

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For twelve years, Cecile Richards, daughter of former Texas governor Ann Richards, has been one of the most well-recognized faces in the fight for reproductive rights and healthcare access.  Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood’s signature pink logo and branding–Care. No … 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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