Category Archive: Religion

Apr 15 2014

Oh goody! Another end of the world prediction

Many of us have heard of the ‘blue moon’. This is when a full moon appears twice in one calendar month. This is a perfectly predictable astronomical phenomenon that occurs once every two or three years, infrequent enough to serve as a metaphor for rarity, as in the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’.

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Apr 14 2014

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster gains ground

In an interesting and amusing turn of events, Pastafarianism has been allowed to apply to be an official religion in Poland.

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Apr 11 2014

The effect of the internet on the decline of religion

I have been saying for some time that the internet is a real danger to religion. A new paper by Allen B. Downey of the Olin School of Engineering argues that what I had merely guessed at might be generally true. By controlling for other variables such as religious upbringing and education, the author finds …

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Apr 10 2014

Skepticism about Bible increases

The American Bible Society does regular State of the Bible survey and it finds that there is increasing skepticism about it, with younger people as usual leading the way. The ‘Millennials’ they describe are those in the age cohort 18-29.

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Apr 09 2014

Stephen Colbert finds the Holy Grail

Although Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of my favorite films, I had not really thought about where the idea of the Holy Grail originated or what it represented. To me it was just another bit of medieval folklore whose origins were lost in the mists of time. In this clip, he explains …

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Apr 09 2014

Talk on Greece prayer case

I will be speaking today to the Center For Inquiry of Northeast Ohio on the Greece v. Galloway prayer case. The event begins at 7:00 pm in the Mayfield Branch Library on 500 SOM Center Road in Mayfield Village. The event is free and open to the public.

Apr 09 2014

The dark side of the Jesus People

Last year, I wrote about an article that examined how some of the Jesus People, as they came to be called, evolved from being part of the hippie movement in the 1970s to become evangelical conservatives and Tea Partiers now.

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Apr 02 2014

Female leaders of Muslim majority countries

Islam is not one of the religions that come to mind when one thinks of providing equal status for women. Its rules about their dress and behavior in public are notorious for their restrictiveness. But at the same time, as Juan Cole points out, there is the curious phenomenon that many Muslim-majority countries have had …

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Apr 01 2014

That phrase ‘freedom of religion’? I do not think it means what you think it means

A New York Appeals Court ordered Edward Globokar, the owner of a chain of restaurants, to pay one of its chefs Mirella Salemi $1.6 million. Why?

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Mar 30 2014

The ACLU sues the US Catholic bishops

The ACLU is suing the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on behalf of a pregnant woman who suffered because of their rules they enforce on all Catholic hospitals that prevent physicians from giving patients all the information and options they need to make a decision.

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