Religion & Other Curiosities
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!
Many Mestizo Nations
What are the prospects for immigrants assimilating—in Europe as well as in the United States? Perhaps not as bad as you might believe.
As blizzards blanket Boston and there is no sign of Al Gore producing A More Inconvenient Truth, it’s time to look at the cognitive defenses of ideologues.
Worries About Francis
Pope Francis’ heart and his perception of the world may be more to the Left than I perhaps expected.
Tea With Tyrants
Ruthless national interest as the sole basis of foreign policy is repugnant to the national conscience, and since the United States is a democracy, this conscience must be reckoned with.
One can understand why Muslims are worried about anti-Muslim feelings and actions. But going on and on about Islamophobia may also be a convenient way of avoiding the central problem for Islam in the contemporary world.
Defecting from Religious Enclaves
There are all sorts of enclaves in the world—communities whose worldview, moral values and lifestyles differ significantly from those of the surrounding society. A basic requirement for the survival of such enclaves is social and psychological mechanisms to prevent contamination from the outside.