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Secularism and the Old Testament riddle

July 25th, 2009 · No Comments

The Old Testament: an eonic riddle The great irony of the current social confusion over religion is that the Old Testament can be understood just as well in a secular context, and yet none of these secular thinkers can manage it! Our understanding of the Old Testament is in crisis. The tide of Biblical Criticism […]

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Tags: Evolution · religion · The Axial Age

Religion, civilization and evolution

July 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Confronted with the confusing baloney of Robert Wright, in his Evolution of God, looking at the way that religion evolves in world history in relation to civilization might help to distance one-self from the one-dimensional confusions of Darwinian-style analyses, that can never work: The Eonic Evolution of Religion Wright’s book is confusing, it isn’t about […]

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Tags: Evolution · religion · The Eonic Effect

‘God’ idea stillborn in Axial religions

July 9th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Comment on Kant, Freedom, …. Stephen P. Smith said, July 8, 2009 at 8:24 pm · What is viable has to do with sufficiency. Freedom is stuck on necessity. It is necessary that we are free, but freedom won`t help the person dying of cancer. The dying person must find something sufficient, but that does […]

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Archaic Greece: the clue

July 5th, 2009 · No Comments

The Old Testament will completely confuse you. The real clue is to look at the case of Archaic Greece: Archaic Greece: The Clue We see that the structure of transformation is similar in both cases. Then the relative innocence of the Greeks, whose spectacular experience, in parallel to the Israelite, in the Axial interval, was […]

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Tags: religion · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Wolin enters the reason/faith fray

June 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Reason vs. Faith: the Battle Continues, an essay by Richard Wolin. This discussion by Wolin is somewhat more helpful than the Fish/Eagleton postmod concession to the antisecularists (which is of course not an endorsement of all Wolin’s statements, & check out his Seduction of Unreason). It is significant that he starts with Hegel (why not […]

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Tags: Philosophy · religion · Science · secularism

Confusions of faith

May 29th, 2009 · No Comments

The previous critiques of Christiantiy, it should noted, which seem harsh, are not based on an ‘atheist’ secular viewpoint, but on a religious standard: these monotheisms have failed by their own standard, on the question of beliefs in ‘god’. In all the claptrap from political/cultural elite figures about faith and the rest of it, the […]

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Should Christianity (and Judaism, Islam) enter Chapter 11?

May 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Did Axial monotheism destroy religion? The previous post, or its title, is very provocative, and it might help to put the issue in a better perspective. The achievement of Christianity, in the context of globalization (which started in the Neolithic, and wasn’t invented by capitalists), in creating a common culture in the context of the […]

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Did Axial monotheism destroy ‘religion’

May 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Post-evangelical Xtianity, comment… James said, May 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm · “…they have bought into their opponents beliefs, if only by dialectical negation, unaware that their position is, or should be, closer to the motherlode of religion itself.” Isn’t it strange how people across time and space become trapped by the very thing that […]

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A new age of religion?

May 29th, 2009 · No Comments

God is Back discussion, Economist We have discussed this repeatedly here. Even if we grant that ‘God is Back’, we don’t have to grant that the increasingly chaotic religious formations that are ‘back’ represent real religious opportunity. Every ‘new age’ in world history, witness the Axial Age, creates a new approach to religion. The endless […]

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Maps of War

May 28th, 2009 · No Comments

History – of – Religion Maps of War from Dawkins site http://www.mapsofwar.com/ind/history-of-religion.html

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Religion within the limits of reason

May 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Faith in the future: John Gray reviews ‘God is Back’ The question of the ‘secular’ is confused by the changing meanings of the word. As noted in previous post, the Protestant Reformation almost defined the ‘secular’, which meant a new age of civilization, a change of ‘saeculum’. But the implications of that Reformation required a […]

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Tags: Kant · religion · secularism

Global revival

May 17th, 2009 · No Comments

May 16, 2009 Faith in the age of sacred terror Martyrs and mega-churches thrive as Christianity moves into the 21st century Ruth Gledhill Reason, Faith and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate by Terry Eagleton Yale, £18.99; 185pp God is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith is Changing the World by Adrian Wooldridge and […]

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Another child killed by religion

May 10th, 2009 · No Comments

by Jerry Coyne Reposted from Dawkins site http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2009/05/10/another-child-killed-by-religion/ It’s chilling: this report in the January 20 New York Times details the death of an 11-year-old girl, Kara Neumann, who died from diabetes because her parents refused medical care, believing that prayer would heal her. They are going on trial next week.

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Pope warns of misuse of religion

May 10th, 2009 · No Comments

BBC News N.B. This is not a tryout for a Monty Python sketch or similar parody – this is a “serious” speech from Herr Papst. I’m sure Bill Maher or Jon Stewart could have fun with this. Just the title of the BBC article is all that they need. /Mike Reposted from Dawkins site http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8041421.stm

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Agnosticism

May 10th, 2009 · No Comments

At Peace With Agnosticism

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Design arguments and the eonic effect

May 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

The most direct failure of the ID argument lies in the very Biblical history from which they drew the original idea. It is very disconcerting but the strange phenomenon of the Axial Age shows something more subtle than either chance or design. To be sure, we distinguish here between ‘natural’ design and the supernatural brand. […]

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For the love of God

May 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

by Hannah Frankel – TES Magazine Reposted from Dawkins site http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6012677 Linda Brusasco used to consider herself a reasonably decent person until she met Deborah Drapper, 13. “Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, used God’s name in vain, coveted anything?” Deborah asked the unsuspecting producer, who was making a documentary on Deborah. Ms […]

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Sufis: the biggest bums in spiritual history

April 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments

This blog has been consistently critical of Karen Armstrong, and absolutely scathing on Sufism. Now the two connect, and I may need James to restrain me from foaming at the mouth, no… I can handle it. Armstrong dishes out some cliches on the subject. Don’t believe any of it. Sufis almost always get a good […]

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Tags: New Age · religion

Comment on ‘tagging xtians’

April 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Tagging Xtians James said, April 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm · “And so what liberal Christianity needs is a new face in the popular culture, and a new voice to lead the way to a more demanding option. I have some ideas, but I am unfortunately not permitted to fill up the entire […]

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The byproduct fallacy

April 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Religion as a byproduct…. The problem here is once again the obsession by scientists to explain away religion as a neurological phenomenon. I could make the same claim for science, please note. To deal with this question scientists must define religion, and/or refer to particular religions, their histories, etc… Then it suddenly becomes obvious that […]

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Berlin to vote on religion lessons

April 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Berlin to vote on religion lessons by John McManus Reposted from Dawkins site http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8016990.stm Sunday’s referendum has been organised by Berliners from the city’s religious communities, including Muslims. Ethics classes have been compulsory in Berlin schools since 2006. But in most of the rest of Germany pupils have a choice between religion and ethics. Opponents […]

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Law of the land

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Somalia:Sharia is law of the Land by Christopher Logan Reposted from Dawkins site http://islaminaction08.blogspot.com/2009/03/somaliasharia-is-law-of-land.html Just about two weeks ago I posted about how the government of Pakistan have caved into the demands of the Taliban

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Samkhya atheism?

April 15th, 2009 · No Comments

One of the original sources of the reputation for atheism lies in the traditional vein of Indian discourse such as we find in classical Samkhya, which I should note was ripped off by Gurdjieff in modern times and had ‘god’ tacked onto it along with the Hegelian Absolute. The proponents of Samkhya, the source indirectly […]

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Buddhist atheism?

April 15th, 2009 · No Comments

http://scienceblogs.com/gnxp/2009/04/asian_buddhists_believe_in_god.php Surely such a survey is misleading. It is hard not to believe in god given the way the word is used, and especially the way in which it is witchhunted according to ‘related beliefs’. For Nietzsche anyone who believed in progress or anything that smelled of it was charged with closet theism. A similar, […]

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