Category Archives: Religion These Days

Gun to the Head

Back in the early seventies the Doobie Brothers had a bit of a hit with their song China Grove – about a sleepy little Southern town, but in Texas, which is only sort of the South. But that’s okay as … Continue reading

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Living in the Post-Authentic World

Okay, maybe it does pay to follow everything, no matter how unlikely the source. And this month, down in Austin at the annual South by Southwest conference – the seminars and trade show that goes along with the big music … Continue reading

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The Pope’s Boys

Yes, the United States is a deeply religious country, at least compared to other developed countries. A majority of us tell the polls that religion plays a “very important” role in our lives, and only fifteen percent, at best, identify … Continue reading

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Too Much Piety Going Around

You might have missed the Brit Hume controversy. The video is here – the senior Fox newsman, the one who’s supposed to be the one real journalist there and not just another angry screamer, offered this evaluation of the religious … Continue reading

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The Odd Uses of Religion

Those of us who don’t find religion that compelling can still find it fascinating. People believe all sorts of things, and tell you that you should too. That’s kind of fun, in an anthropological way. For example, back in the … Continue reading

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The Pervasiveness of Nonsense

Sooner or later you too will get the email chain – the “I am honored to pass this along” thing with all the photos of crosses and babies and the American flag and such. It asks some basic question. Did … Continue reading

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Atheists in Burbank and a Cross in the Desert

Those out-of-town folks in the rental cars can drive you crazy, creeping along rather lost and nervously glancing about, looking for street signs that aren’t totally ambiguous or some sort of landmark, then suddenly darting across three lanes of oncoming … Continue reading

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