Hijacking Of A Term, “The Culture”

In my long ago classes in cultural anthropology, I remember how the term “culture” was used.  It was a term reflecting the values, myths, rituals and what we might today call the conventional wisdom of any society.  This being the case, the dominent religion of a society is part of its culture.  In the U. S. we have…
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Watch For The British Census Results

The Guardian of April 14 carried an article about religion and the British Census.  The Census was to have been completed on March 27.  The subject of the Guardian article was the response to a question I paraphrase as, “What best describes your religious affiliation?”  One alternative was “none”. Precensus polling indicated that responses to the question are going to…
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Christian Orthodoxy? There’s A Lot Of It.

I read a refreshing piece today by Bill Leonard, Professor of Religious History, at the Wake Forrest Seminary. It was at the Associated Baptist News site. He referred to the on-going controversy about Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins. As I’ve mentioned here other times, the book has been lampooned by countless evangelical pendants because Bell does not…
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Economics Of Religion 101

Recently there was alarm exressed about wealthy benefactors within established religious denominations funding liberal versions of theology.  Conservative factions within these denominations expressed outrage that liberals would do such a thing.  Conservatives have done this as well.  The founder of Domino’s Pizza funded lots of conservative projects within the Catholic Church and now is trying to establish a conservative town and University.…
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If There Were No Afterlife, Would You Still Be A Christian?

I ask this question because I have never heard anyone else ask it.  To me this hypothetical question is at the heart of much controversy. On this site, and in many other contexts, it has been said that atheists are self centered and self abosorbed.  I understand this to mean that, because atheists are not focused…
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