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About Jon Lindgren

I am a former President of the Red River Freethinkers in Fargo, ND, a retired NDSU economics professor and was Mayor of Fargo for 16 years. There is more about me at

Cars, Tax Law and the Church.

The link explains something important to religion, the automobile. He explains how the automobile made it possible for people to church shop. They can find a style of church service they enjoy or a theology that suits them by driving … Continue reading

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The Bible: Story Telling 101.

All religions had great story tellers. But the campfire stories that eventually made it to the written language in Christianity must rank among the best.  These stories have heroes to cheer for, villains to hiss at and, most importantly, ways to draw the … Continue reading

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Pat Robertson’s Halloween is About Demonic Spirits.

Pat Robertson said this last Thursday. He suggested churches hold their own parties and put a Christian emphasis on the holiday. Included in a Christian Halloween party, he said, would be bobbing for apples. Pat does not know the controversy about … Continue reading

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Heaven: If it Sounds too Good to be True, it Probably is too Good to be True.

Death is one of those topics we just don’t enjoy discussing. We don’t like to contemplate it for ourselves or those close to us. How could there be a world which just goes on, not missing a beat, and we are not … Continue reading

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Various Jesuses.

In gospels, we see Jesus portrayed in different ways. The earliest one has nothing about his virgin birth. As the story of his actual life grew cold, if there was an actual life, writers miraculously knew more details about his … Continue reading

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Anti Abortion Politics Needs to Meet Stiff Oposition.

There is a truth about abortion that just has not made it to the consciousness of many members of the public: Trying to make the fertilized egg into a full fledged human being will never work. Forget about it. Currently, anti abortion politicians are … Continue reading

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Are You Clueless, Hostile or Impressed?

A preacher from New York City says that in his long career of preaching he has found those not in the faith are one of the above three. He has specific ideas for how to approach nonbelievers and bring them into the … Continue reading

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An Ancient Story Telling Genre.

Today’s religious scholars refer to what is sometimes called the “Rank-Raglan hero type”, a ubiquitous “hero” narrative. I think the characteristics of this genre of story telling, so in vogue at the time the Bible was written, were compiled and published in the 1930′s.  … Continue reading

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Synod of Catholic Bishops: Homosexuality No Longer Referred to as a Sin or a Disorder.

When times change the church is often caught in a dilemma. The dilemma is that church law says people are to behave in a certain way, the way they did in the past. But when societal norms change and they do not behave … Continue reading

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Jesus Was a Religious Innovation.

We cannot discuss enough the social and political context of Christianity’s success. The circumstances of Jews before the emergence of Christianity made its birth their only option. Jews believed their god lived in the Temple. When the Romans conquered the Jews, one of their … Continue reading

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