Religion & Other Curiosities
A look at India, Israel, Algeria, Russia and China shows just how secularization and desecularization have worked in tandem through the years.
The “Nones” and the “Buts”
The use of the category of “Nones” in surveys pertaining to religion should be replaced with “Buts”—that is a category for those who will say something like “I am Catholic, but…” The results of such surveys would be much more enlightening.
The sacred is both fascinating and terrifying: Humans are both drawn to it and impelled to flee from it.
The mental act of looking at something is a critical component of conscience. This perhaps helps us understand why certain front lines in the culture war are shifting and others are not.
The Chinese Communist Party and Tantric Divination
Some stories are so ridiculous that they are beyond parody. That the Chinese government is so very greatly upset by a remark of the Dalai Lama that he may decide not to be reincarnated is just one such story.
Supersessionism and All That
Throughout history, movements have sprung up denying the profound discontinuities between Christians and Jews, as well as between Protestants and Catholics.
Apostasy in Saudi Arabia and Utah
If you are inclined toward apostasy, do it in Utah rather than the Middle East. And thank God for the constitution of the United States!