On Unlearning Abjection (or in plain English, How to Fix this Hellified Mess)

New Year's Resolutions by O Society Jan 7, 2019 Someone asked me to make a list of Things We Should Do to fix our current hellified La Brea Tarpit of a situation. You know, a reader's observation complaining without solutions is whining. This person is correct. We can't just pitch a tantrum, we have to fix … Continue reading On Unlearning Abjection (or in plain English, How to Fix this Hellified Mess)

Wittgenstein on Religion

In the case atheism vs religious belief, Ludwig Wittgenstein is called to the stand. Whose side does his testimony serve? by Stephen Law Aeon Jan 3, 2019 When contemporary atheists criticise religious beliefs, they usually criticise beliefs that only crude religious thinkers embrace. Or so some people claim. The beliefs of the sophisticated religious believer, it’s suggested, … Continue reading Wittgenstein on Religion

Before There Was Christmas, There Was the Solstice, and Hope

William Rivers Pitt Truthout Dec 25, 2018 The kindergarten teachers I know each tell the same story: Roundabout the middle of December, all the kids who celebrate Christmas transform into voracious little three-foot monsters bereft of morality or self-control. All the behaviors parents worked so diligently to instill in them collapse under the long duress of waiting … Continue reading Before There Was Christmas, There Was the Solstice, and Hope

Another crazy Christmas with Trump: But he can’t wreck it, because he doesn’t understand it

Through his sheer vanity and ugliness, the president may help us hold onto what remains of the Christmas spirit. by ANDREW O'HEHIR Salon Dec 22, 2018 This is America’s third Christmas under Donald Trump, at least if we count the surreal, dream-state holiday season of 2016, when Trump had been elected, Barack Obama was still president and … Continue reading Another crazy Christmas with Trump: But he can’t wreck it, because he doesn’t understand it

‘Why Religion?’ Asks ‘How Hearts Can Heal’ After Tragedy

Religion scholar Elaine Pagels lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. Her new book combines memoir and biblical scholarship to reflect on loss and faith. Terry Gross interviews Elaine Pagels Fresh Air TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Why is religion still … Continue reading ‘Why Religion?’ Asks ‘How Hearts Can Heal’ After Tragedy

Breath of life: Shinto

by Brian Victoria Aeon Dec 19, 2018 connect Shinto to any form of ‘universal religion’ would appear to be a fool’s errand. After all, as any guidebook to Japan will tell you, Shinto is the traditional religion of Japan and only Japan, apart from a scattering of Shinto shrines in countries with large Japanese immigrant or expatriate … Continue reading Breath of life: Shinto

Why a 14th-century apophatic mystic appeals to today’s spiritual seekers

by Joel Harrington Conversation Dec 6, 2018 The percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religious tradition continues to rise annually. Not all of them, however, are atheists or agnostics. Many of these people believe in a higher power, if not organized religion, and their numbers too are steadily increasing. The history of organized … Continue reading Why a 14th-century apophatic mystic appeals to today’s spiritual seekers