Religion and politics are historical bedfellows, and the Christian religion has been no exception. Throughout its history, Christianity (the religion) has offered example after example of power-hungry leaders forging alliances with political systems to gain even more coercive power over the masses. What they couldn’t accomplish through guilt, they attempted to accomplish through force. Here … Continue reading Your Politics is as Bad as Mine
Law is, at its most fundamental essence, a method of coercion. I used to say that law is a social contract, but that’s only partially true. An example I have used is that in the United States, we collectively agree that we will drive on the right side of the road. I, for one, am … Continue reading The Law’s Delusion
The bible is frequently referred to as God’s Word, God’s Law, or God’s Rule Book—our road map, a light to guide us, a manual for living. These descriptions are very common but gross mischaracterizations of the bible that are used to support a view of God as King/Master/Judge/ and man as subject/slave/criminal defendant. For the … Continue reading The Bible is Not God’s Rule Book
A cloud was on the mind of men, and wailing went the weather, Yea, a sick cloud upon the soul when we were boys together. Science announced nonentity and art admired decay; The world was old and ended: but you and I were gay. Round us in antic order their crippled vices came— Lust that … Continue reading The Death of Virtue
As I reflected on my last post on seeking truth and maintaining cordial relations with others despite our disagreements, I felt that something was missing. So I figured I’d do a follow up post that offers some balance. What was missing was an acknowledgment of the unfortunate reality that despite our intentions of good will, … Continue reading When Parting Ways Becomes Necessary
We disagree—you, me, everyone. Like fingerprints, every single individual’s worldview and perspective are unique. No two people on this earth will agree on everything. So we argue and fight over the issues that are most important to us. Working through issues on which we disagree can be extremely educational, but our disagreements can also create … Continue reading What is Truth?
In the new beginning, God brought heaven to earth. And the earth was devastated and ruined, and spiritual darkness covered the abyss we were in. And God said, “Let there be Light!” And there was light. And the One who brought life was a light to all mankind. And that Light remains shining in the … Continue reading In the New Beginning…
The goal of all religion is to overcome the negative aspects of humanity—the fallen state in which we exist. As far as I know, all religions provide some formula for attaining perfection, a god-state, higher consciousness, heaven, nirvana, or redemption. The end states vary slightly, but the formulas are generally very similar, involving ritual, human … Continue reading A Formula for Birth?
Dissecting the Trinity, Part I Dissecting the Trinity, Part II As we continue to look at the various Christian views of the nature of God, there is one hybrid view that is likely to be rejected by both strict Trinitarians and strict Unitarians but I believe, manages to preserve the most accurate view of the … Continue reading Dissecting the Trinity, Part III
Dissecting the Trinity, Part I One of the most inflexible dogmas of most Christian denominations is their view of the nature of God. Most denominations label competing views as heretical, and emotions tend to flare when discussing the subject. Because the traditional views of the nature of God contain some aspects that seem unsupported and … Continue reading Dissecting the Trinity, Part II