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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Deaths From Opioid Overdoses Continue

It is obvious that telling people not to overdose on heroin will not stop, or even slow, deaths. More young people now die from heroin overdoses than from cancer. Humans seem to be hard wired for anxiety. Perhaps that helped early humans survive. Now, large numbers of people seek solutions to feelings of anxiety by…
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Religion Will Not Save Us

While we argue about medical care, billion dollar walls and Russian spies, a bigger enemy is slowly marching toward us. A source of global warming data is National Geographic  summarized here. The link also discusses the one constant case made against global warming, emails among a small group of scientists who discussed presenting the data in a…
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Benjamin Franklin Used Religion When Needed

When I read about the United States of the 1700’s I’m often amazed at the indifference toward orthodox religious thinking at the time. George Washington walked out of church to avoid communion. Ben Franklin changed religious views over his life time. A new book about Franklin attributes to him our current concept of “spiritual but…
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