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Posted inCulture

Give me a head with hair

Reading Time: 2 minutes When it comes to hair and the religions: similar strokes for similar folks. For most religions, long well kept hair signifies full-bodied sexuality. Given the ambivalent relation between holiness and sex, it stands to reason that the religions would insist upon certain dulling arrangements for hair. Holy hairstyles for men For some sects of Hinduism […]

Posted inDeep Dive

Who owns morality?

Reading Time: 4 minutes At some point during our merry journey through secularism, we all encounter some benighted religious people who incredulously ask: “If you don’t believe in a god, where does your morality come from?” Religious people believe that the source of their morality is their god and that their religious belief is the exercise of that morality. […]

Posted inEthics and Morality

Please allow Denis Diderot to instruct you on religious and irreligious morality

Reading Time: < 1 minute French Enlightenment philosopher, encyclopedist, and atheist (and contemporary of Voltaire) Denis Diderot succinctly explained religious and irreligious morality in a brief piece he called, ‘Conversations with a Christian Lady.’ It will be most effective if you read this aloud in your best French accent. The characters are no one in particular. La Marechale:         Are you […]

Posted inReligion

What makes evangelicals so sure that the pandemic isn’t God’s judgment on them?

Reading Time: 6 minutes [Previous: Are COVID deaths natural selection in action?] Although the Omicron wave is receding, the threat of COVID isn’t over. Over a thousand people are still dying each and every day in the U.S. alone, many more around the world. Vaccination rates remain stubbornly low, and very young children still have no approved vaccine at […]

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