Why Do People Lie About Church Attendance?

This is the mystery that came from a study that will appear in an upcoming issue of the Public Opinion Quarterly.  The methodology of the study included asking people how often they attended their church and then recording how often they actually did attend.  They did not attend as much as they said they did.…
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Bashing Gays Is Fun; The Bashback, Not So Much

This past week there were a couple of examples of evangelicals complaining about the sting of rebuke from their  efforts to keep gays from having equal opportunities. The evangelicals seem to be taken aback by the pushback.  Charles Coalson heads up the religious group, Prison Fellowship.  He has been writing lately about the California anti gay marriage case working its way through the Federal courts.  …
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So, Who Really Was This Guy, Jesus?

I’m indebted to my friend, Rev. Howard Bess, for writing about this topic in his weekly on line essay. There were different Jesus’  in the Bible.  They came about from how different writers, with their different agendas, wrote about him.  In discussing different opinions that appeared in the Bible, one side is commonly called the great…
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The Queen Herself Weighs In On Atheists

The Queen of England, who is Supreme Governor of the Church of England, said, “In our more diverse and secular society, the place of religion has come to be a matter of lively discussion.  It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue and that the wellbeing and prosperity of the…
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We’d Be Safer With Some Atheists In Congress

While watching Senator John McCain in a rather hapless challenge to the Pentagon’s study of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, it struck me how harmful religious based myths can be to our country. I realized how much safer we would be with a society and government that based its decisions on something other than these myths. I recall reading about the lack of…
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