Category Archives: Religion

Theses On Method

Professor Bruce Lincoln writes: 1. The conjunction “of” that joins the two nouns in the disciplinary ethnonym “History of Religions” is not neutral filler. Rather, it announces a proprietary claim and a relation of encompassment: History is the method and … Continue reading

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Biblical Rhetoric of Separatism and Universalism and Its Intolerant Consequences

Professor James W. Watts writes in 2020: “Studies of the distant past, however, have one big advantage over studies of contemporary cultures: history allows us to trace the effects of religious rhetoric and practices over centuries and millennia to reveal … Continue reading

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Is Nothing Sacred? Religion and Sex

From Psychology Today: For adults, their sexual strategies appear to determine their level of commitment to religion. People who are inclined toward monogamy choose to be religious, because traditional religions provide support for a family lifestyle, and discourage promiscuity. Promiscuity … Continue reading

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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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