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More on Osho link

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Osho link I meant to post this at The Gurdjieff Con, but it is relevant here. Few see the strange connection of the new atheism to the original Rajneesh discourses on Christianity. Few people have been the object of so much propaganda as Rajneesh, probably because he created a new religion for a new age […]

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Tags: New Age · religion

Comment on Pantheism

June 14th, 2010 · 5 Comments

James comment on Pantheism James said, June 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm · “Of all religious or spiritual traditions, Pantheism – the approach of Einstein, Hawking and many other scientists – is the only one that passes the muster of the world’s most militant atheist.” Actually, I still don’t think Pali Buddhism has been bested […]

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Tags: Kant · religion

God vs secularism??? a false antithesis

May 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Truthdig jumps from Hedges’ piece on religion last week to this review of ‘Atheist Delusions’, I will read the book soon: By Anthony Kenny Anthony Kenny on ‘Atheist Delusions’ This review originally appeared in The TLS, whose website is www.the-tls.co.uk, and is reposted with permission. I have a problem here, and this can be seen […]

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Tags: atheism · religion · secularism

And what of the Protestant Reformation?

May 10th, 2010 · 4 Comments

After commenting on Hedges’ article on Christianity and Nietzsche, I would offer the caution: don’t underestimate Christianity. Dawkins is a programmed robot set to wreckerball for powerful forces beyond his ken. Xtianity may be undergoing collapse, but that’s none of your doing, don’t flatter yourself. It has long been prophesied that this collapse would occur […]

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Tags: religion · secularism

IHVH

March 26th, 2010 · No Comments

The use of the term ‘god’ by theists and atheists alike has become so confused that one must finally take refuge in agnostic silence and a demand for a changed terminology. Jews and Christians seem to think they have a monopoly on both ‘god’ and ‘religion’, but the reality that their ‘religions’ have long since […]

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Bible vs. Quran

March 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Bible Vs. Quran: The Evolution Of Violence In Religion

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Insecurity and faith?

January 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Does insecurity promote faith? by Jerry Coyne – Why Evolution is True from dawkins site http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2010/01/23/does-insecurity-promote-faith/

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Wright’s book in a void: its subject matter never mentioned

January 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Danger: Teleologist at work! Robert Wright’s The Evolution of God Review of Wright at the Hellfire Club. Wright’s book is caught between two stools: he doesn’t satisfy theists or atheists. The main flaw in Wright’s book, for a student of the eonic effect, is the failure to see that his subject matter pertains to the […]

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Tags: religion · The Axial Age

Hinduism, beliefs in reincarnation, and Schopenhauer on death

January 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Comment on post on atheists and reincarnation Very interesing quote. But I think that reincarnation far predates Hinduism (of the post-Vedic brand), and goes back many millennia before. The question is thus often made to seem a mystical belief or a religious tenet, when in fact it should be a deduction about the self beyond […]

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Tags: General · religion · Schopenhauer

29% of Americans say religion ‘out of date’

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments

by Muriel Kane – the raw story from dawkins site http://rawstory.com/2009/12/29-americans-religion-out-date/

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Fundamentalists, ancient, modern

November 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Facile God-talk James said, November 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm · “Fundamentalists, she says, are a relatively recent phenomenon; through most of history, religious followers understood that the Bible was never meant to be taken literally.” Come again? That’s my feeling about it: Armstrong has a puzzling way of turning things upside down. […]

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Religion not the result of natural selection

November 15th, 2009 · No Comments

The Evolution of the God Gene Wade continues with a vein of Darwinian fundamentalism on the subject of religion. And it simply doesn’t wash. In fact, the example he gives is well within the range of world history where we can begin to see a completely different dynamic at work than natural selection. And the […]

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Tags: Evolution · religion

Religion in the matrix of secularism

October 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment

A Sufi myth: Fourth Ways,…and The Great Freedom Sutra The question of religion and secularism has been hopelessly confused. The reality, beyond religious form, is that secularism can be the foundation for a true religioin for the first time.

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Tags: religion · secularism

Another Danielou book

September 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Over at The Gurdjieff Con we have been looking at the writings of Danielou on Indian religion, and here’s another such book: Shiva and the Primordial Tradition This perspective can throw external students for a loop, as they might feel less disoriented with the later, streamlined traditions of Buddhism (and the confused Hinduism) or Vedanta, […]

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Tags: atheism · New Age · religion · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Link to Danielou on Vedic religion

September 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Vedic religion: Danielou passage An passage from Danielou’s A Brief History of India, from The Gurdjieff Con where we have been examining the confusions of Indian religion, Indo-European migrations, and the controversy surrounding that. The confusions of Vedism are one of the liabilities of the New Age movement, and beg for a clarification.

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Tags: New Age · religion

Neolithic sources//genesis of the great religions

September 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

One of the confusing aspects of the discussion of Indian religion and the Indo-European question is the way the critics of the Aryan Invasion theory insist that the evidence points toward an very ancient history of Indian culture/religion. They are right, but this is no argument for the existence of Aryans in those periods. One […]

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Tags: religion · The Eonic Effect

Histories of India

September 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

I posted this yesterday at The Gurdjieff Con: Danielou’s history of India. It is possible to get more and more confused by reading books on the history of India. The reasons for that are complicated, but Daneilou (whose many insights also contain some howlers, no doubt) wrote before the current debate over Aryan Invasion theories […]

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Tags: History · religion

Liberalism in the context of world history

August 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Liberal Atheists Actually the left was long locked in a box comprising the narrowest scientism, Darwinism (despite Marx’s initial protests), materialism, and atheism. And we can see how the left has suffered for that, a warning to liberals determined to let themselves be dominated by an increasingly cult-like science community determined to enforce […]

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Tags: liberalism · religion · Science · The Eonic Effect

Pali buddhism, some links

August 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Since we are on the subject of Buddhism, yesterday/today, check out some good links on the Pali tradtion at The Gurdjieff Con

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Tags: religion

Darwinism and Buddhism incompatible

August 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

After today’s post on Wright’s adventures in meditation I am little sorry to be so negative even as I am prompted to remind myself that I am right and should issue a warning at the destruction of Buddhism going on even as we speak. (There are hundreds of better sources on meditation than Wright, but […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age · religion · Science & Religion

Sri Lanka: Buddhism/Hinduism

August 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Buddha’s Savage Peace After 26 years and 70,000 casualties, Sri Lanka’s civil war has ended—for now. The key to easing the fears of the country’s historically beleaguered Buddhist majority while protecting its Hindu minority? Rediscovering the blend of faiths that laid the foundation for the ancient kingdom of Kandy.

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Tags: religion

Sci/religon debates fail to understand OT

August 17th, 2009 · No Comments

The Old Testament as eonic data In all the debates over science vs religion (and/or atheism vs theism/deism), the enigma of the Old Testament fails to gain any traction. Either the account is of a set of superstitions or it is an account of supernaturalism. The real key to the OT lies in the eonic […]

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Tags: religion · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Evolution, religion, the Axial Age, macro/micro

August 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Beware of gurus and New Age hypesters pontificating on the subject of evolution. I strongly recommend a look at the sense of ‘evolution’ following the data on the eonic effect, from World History and the Eonic Effect, starting here: Mysterious drumbeat to begin to get a sense of the tremendous scale and complexity of ‘evolution’ […]

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Tags: Evolution · religion · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Fuller gets Armstrong wrong

August 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Steve Fuller on Karen Armstrong Armstrong’s thesis is worth taking seriously not only because she is knowledgeable, thoughtful and influential — though less so in academia than in interfaith politics. In addition, her indictment is meant to extend beyond ID and its forebears in natural theology to what Armstrong regards as the hubris behind science’s […]

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Tags: religion · The Axial Age