Posted inReproductive rights

‘It’s hard to hear them celebrating’—church musicians after Roe’s demise

Reading Time: 5 minutes On June 26, two days after the ruling by the US Supreme Court on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that effectively overruled Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a purposefully anonymous group member of the I’m a Choir Director Facebook page, posted the following: Is anyone else having a really hard time […]

Posted inReligion

The saved and the damned of Proxima Centauri B

Reading Time: 14 minutes As a child, I delighted in books of the unexplained—ghosts and UFOs, Mary Celestes and Bermuda Triangles, abominable snowmen and cursed mummies.  As a grown-up skeptic, many of these inexplicable phenomena have long been explained, or competently assigned diminishing probabilities. Ghosts almost certainly don’t hang around graveyards. Yetis? Nope. The Loch Ness Monster? Get over […]

Posted inPolitics

Should the US government enforce separation of church and state?

Reading Time: < 1 minute The overwhelming majority of Americans support the strict separation of church and state when asked. Ninety-eight percent of nonbelievers support or strongly support strict separation, the highest percentage of all religious affiliations. Baptists are the least likely to support separation at 56%. To have Baptist opinion leading the opposition to church-state separation is interestingly at […]

Posted inReligion

The role of numerology in world religions

Reading Time: 3 minutes Most ancient cultures utilized numbers as symbolic representations of ideas, and it is curious that numeric symbols are often similar in world traditions. How do we explain this? One view says numeric symbols arose in Africa with the remotest humanity and the peoples of the African exodus took those symbols to all other continents. Another […]

Posted inResearch

Maybe religion isn’t dying, but it’s definitely not well

Reading Time: 6 minutes In their recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Byron R. Johnson and Jeff Levin, referring to a paper they recently published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion (IJRR), argue that religiosity is not declining in the US but rather, “Americans are becoming more religious, and religious institutions are thriving.” This claim is incredible in […]

Posted inReligion

How to stop enabling a spiritual narcissist

Reading Time: 4 minutes OnlySky · How to stop enabling a spiritual narcissist | Becky Garrison When I read stories such as the blinged-out Brooklyn bishop robbed at gunpoint of more than $1 million worth of jewelry, new allegations of Ted Haggard behaving inappropriately with young men, or the ongoing scandals facing holy hipsters such as Hillsong Church, I […]