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Posted inReligion

How Religion Hijacks the Weirdness of Liminal Spaces (Pre-Easter Post)

Reading Time: 10 minutes I want to dive into the way that liminal spaces affect us–and how they’ve impacted humanity’s view of religion ever since we realized what they were. Often, they’re at least partially responsible for those sometimes-spooky, mysterious experiences people have that they can’t explain: That One Weird Thing That Happened Once (TOWTTHO), which they often attribute to the supernatural. But they’re not supernatural. They’re perfectly natural. And today, I’ll show you how they work.

Posted inReligion

The Just World Belief, Rejected

Reading Time: 9 minutes One mistake in thinking cost me many years. It followed me from Christianity and out of it and past it. Believing it led me into and out of any number of disastrous personal decisions. That mistake was my belief in the Just World. I’ll show you what it is, why it’s such a bugbear for so many people, and maybe a path away from it.

Posted inReligion

You Lost Me’s Push for Discipling: Hold On, Y’All, He Knows Exactly What to Do.

Reading Time: 9 minutes David Kinnaman’s central idea is that The Big Problem Here is that modern churches aren’t properly discipling their youth and that if this starts happening properly, young people will stop leaving and maybe even return to the groups they’ve already left. Today I’ll teach you what this confusing term means–most of the time anyway–and why this author is totally wrong.

Posted inReligion

The Radicalization of Jaelyn Young.

Reading Time: 9 minutes At first it seemed like a pretty open-and-shut case. As the New York Times told it, a young Mississippi couple got caught trying to fly to Syria to join ISIS. One of them was a 19-year-old pre-medicine student named Jaelyn Young, the other a newly-graduated 22-year-old lifelong-Islamic man named Muhammad Dakhlalla with a degree in psychology who was set to go to graduate school in the fall. They were newly married and using their honeymoon as the pretext for their trip, but got arrested on the way to the airport in Columbus on what would have been the first leg of a very long journey. Somehow, the two of them had fallen in with terrorists.

Posted inGaming, Religion

Exiting Far East: Stage-Setting.

Reading Time: 10 minutes I once had an apartment in Sapporo… Sorry, I share with Betty White an unreasonable fondness for the movie Out of Africa. But that’s how I always think about my short time in Japan–this huge journey to another land, a journey that taught me quite a bit but which was, in the end, a bittersweet […]

Posted inUncategorized

Garbaholics Anonymous.

Reading Time: 6 minutes People keep finding my blog through searches related to the SCA and Christianity, so I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while now. (BTW: Hi!) The Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA, has been around since the 60s, when a bunch of folks, among them now-noted fantasy/sci-fi writers, got together in someone’s backyard for […]

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