Category Archives: Religion

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (1902) By William James

William James and Carl Jung were the most influential intellectuals behind AA. Neither were religious. Here are some excerpts: * There can be no doubt that as a matter of fact a religious life, exclusively pursued, does tend to make … Continue reading

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Are All Religions Equally True?

All religions are group evolutionary strategies. Some become maladaptive over time and their adherents die out (aka mainstream Protestantism and non-Orthodox Judaisms). Only through the eyes of faith is their truth and no sane person argues over faith. David posts … Continue reading

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The Decline Of The Generations

My sense is that a generation ago, 90% of traditional religious types from birth (whether they were Catholics, Orthodox Jews, Seventh-Day Adventists) were virgins on their wedding night while now the number is about 60%. A generation ago, 98% of … Continue reading

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Some People Claim I’m Religious Only To The Extent It Allows Me To Be Lousy To People

Religion is a great tool to be lousy to people and I have been accused as using it as a club. Friend: “Your philosophy is — it’s not my problem.” Luke: “I’m trying to care.” Friend: “You’re too busy talking … Continue reading

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Is Turning To God The Best Therapy?

A common view among religious people, particularly non-Jews, is that turning to God is the best therapy. I spent my first 18 years in Seventh-Day Adventism (and off-shoots) and my last 22 years in Judaism. I’ve known hundreds of religious … Continue reading

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