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Can Bacteria Help Us Understand Religion? Part 4: Religion – Symbiote or Parasite?

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Missed Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3?   Given that our world is plagued by religious conflict and cruelties, some antitheists have suggested that religion as a whole is a form of pathology. But as worried and angry as we … Continue reading

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Can Bacteria Help Us Understand Religion? Part 3: The Human Mind as a Host for Contagious Ideas

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Missed Part 1 or Part 2? I like to think that I am the master of my thoughts—that I generate and control them and that they serve my own purposes. But that is only one way to look at things. It … Continue reading

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Can Bacteria Help Us Understand Religion? Part 2: Why We Pass on False Ideas

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Missed Part 1?  Click here. When my brother David was three, he learned how to pee standing up. He was so excited, that the next time he saw sister Kathy, age twenty, heading for the bathroom, he ran after her … Continue reading

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Does Christianity Make An Idol Out of the Human Brain?

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Do some Christians worship belief itself? Bible-believing Christianity requires an extraordinary degree of faith in the human mind or rather the whole chain of minds that have brought us the Bible and Christian teachings in their current forms. Evidence suggests … Continue reading

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If “Nothing Fails Like Prayer,” Why Do People Keep at It?

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“If prayer actually worked, everyone would be a millionaire, nobody would ever get sick and die, and both football teams would always win.” –Ethan Winer The phrase “nothing fails like prayer” was coined in 1976 by secular activist, Ann Nicol … Continue reading

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Dear Christian, No, I Don’t Hate You. Here is What I do Hate.

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On the important difference between hating bad ideas and hating people. As a former Evangelical Christian, I write critically—even harshly—about biblical Christianity, the kind that treats the Bible as if it were the literally-perfect word of God. I also write … Continue reading

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Addicted to Christianity?  Former Christians Say Yes and No 

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Your results may vary. A generation ago, most people—even those who were not religious—thought of religion as mostly beneficial or at least harmless. But these days opinions are more mixed—with good reason. On the political stage, conservative Christians quote chapter … Continue reading

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