Monthly Archives: January 2010

Second Chance

Andrew: Death the end? Ah no, my friend, only a turning of the wheel. Don’t you remember the beer ad from Kentucky Fried Movie? “You’re only reincarnated six or seven times in life …”

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Strange use of the word “conservative”

Iranians celebrate ancient Persian fire fest: Thousands of Iranians gathered at dusk against a snowy mountain backdrop to light giant bonfires in an ancient mid-winter festival dating back to Iran’s pre-Islamic past that is drawing new interest from Muslims. Saturday’s … Continue reading

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Great Moments in American Education

Oh, good grief: After a parent complained about an elementary school student stumbling across “oral sex” in a classroom dictionary, Menifee Union School District officials decided to pull Merriam Webster’s 10th edition from all school shelves earlier this week. School … Continue reading

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Fundamentalist Appeal

Despite its deployment of some somewhat questionable history (as least so far as the Church of England is concerned) and no less questionable predictions about the current pope’s impact on the English church, this piece by Mary Eberstadt takes some … Continue reading

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That’s All Folks

While the sneaking suspicion that death means the end of it all will, if proved accurate, lead to a state of affairs immensely preferable to an eternity in hellfire, that doesn’t mean that the prospect of extinction doesn’t leave me … Continue reading

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The Church of Climate Change: Some Embarrassments

It’s important to remember that there is a decent scientific basis to the AGW hypothesis, but then there are moments like this (from The Sunday Telegraph): The United Nations’ expert panel on climate change based claims about ice disappearing from … Continue reading

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The Church of Climate Change: Whitewashed Sepulchure Watch

One of the features of a good number of religions is their tendency to urge asceticism /simplicity/don’t bother with all those material things on their followers. Another no less striking feature of those same religions is the way that such hair … Continue reading

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The rise of the irreligious Left, the reemergence of Republican religious neutrality (?)

Over at ScienceBlogs I have a post up where I explore the differences by state between the American Religious Identification Survey in 1990 and 2008. I then compare these data to the national election results in 1988 and 2008. Here … Continue reading

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Mrs. T and the Evolution of Religious Tradition

In an earlier post, Heather argued that it was a touch difficult to reconcile the Jesus of the Sermon on the Mount with the notion of Christianity as an ideology of the free market. In the comments, I noted that the … Continue reading

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‘Change’ indeed. In 2008, astonished Americans could read this by SF Gate’s Mark Morford: Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious mind you but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker that rare kind of attuned being who has … Continue reading

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