Posted inReligious News

The southern future of Christianity

Reading Time: 2 minutes Christianity is ceasing to be a white religion, and is becoming mostly a faith for people of color in the Global South, according to an American Anglican priest. Millions of those believers practice emotionally-charged worship styles, hold fundamentalist views, and speak in tongues. Writing in the New York Times, in a report titled “The Global […]

Posted inPolitics

The yearly torment of living in red states

Reading Time: 2 minutes We who live in conservative rural states suffer an annual nightmare as right-wing legislators try to wreck personal freedoms and sound science. In the 2023 West Virginia legislative session, which ended last weekend, the troglodytes tried to (1) force rape and incest victims to bear babies, (2) pass a “religious freedom” law to let Christians […]

Posted inReligion

Imaginary gods

Reading Time: 2 minutes My grandson named his dog Anubis after the ancient Egyptian canine deity that is either a jackal or a dog. Those long-ago Egyptians worshiped about 2,000 different gods of every variety, some part animal and part human. The holies were served by an army of priests in lavish temples. The Egyptian priesthood held enormous wealth. […]

Posted inPhilosophy

There is no ‘divine plan’

Reading Time: 2 minutes Imagine the millions of small fish in the seas that are devoured every day by larger fish. Oceans are vast killing zones. Churches proclaim that God created all living things as part of a divine plan. Why did he design a slaughterhouse? Mark Twain wrote, in Letters from the Earth: “The spider kills the fly, […]

Posted inDeath & Dying

You gotta walk that lonesome valley

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ll be 91 in February. It may be my last birthday, or one of a final few, because my actuarial table is ticking away relentlessly. I have no fear of death. It’s simply the natural end of every life. It awaits all eight billion of us humans. Nobody can escape it. For now, I’ll just […]

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