What If All People Who Pray Went On Strike

We all know it is claimed daily that “prayer helps”. Prayer changes things it is claimed. Praying is a part of many religions. Practicing Muslims pray six times a day. Nonbelievers mostly scoff at praying. We all know the adage, “time is money.” Millions of hours of praying is expensive unless there is a good return. The…
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New Times, New Religions

A writer who is Catholic wrote of his experience at a couple of pagan ceremonies in Brooklyn. His account was somewhat humorous and one could even say disrespectful. But, it had a serious message. The ceremonies involved facing the four directions and stating homage to the spirits each represented. There was a ceremony of healing…
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Statue Of A World Hero, Charles Darwin

I never thought I would live to see a statue of Charles Darwin installed on public property in the Bible Belt. But, it is coming. Certain things change in our culture but change so slowly they are hard to notice. Polling shows belief in the theory of creationism is sliding downward while evolution is on…
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Religion And Caste Systems

Generally, we think of India when we think of caste systems. Caste systems are present when people are assigned certain lower occupations and social status.  India’s government no longer supports the caste system. It sponsors various programs trying to end it assisting those of the lowest castes. Yet, a recent book explains that caste is…
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One Does Not Prosecute A Close Friend Of The Pope

This title paraphrases a remark by none other than Joseph Ratzinger before he became Pope Benedict. He was talking of a high ranking Catholic clergy  named Marcial Maciel who was a known sex abuser and buddy of another Pope back then.  Ratzinger,  when he became Pope Benedict, did level internal discipline on the abuser. Yet,…
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