Category Archives: Religion and Morality

Obama’s Faith

There are those of us who wouldn’t mind having an enlightened Buddhist president – there’d be no God Talk. Those folks don’t talk about any god – they just talk about the elimination of ignorance and of our incessant craving … Continue reading

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Considering the End of the World

There’s something nicely apocalyptic about Hollywood. There’s that last scene in the Nathanael West novel Day of the Locust – that’s where it all burns to the ground, all of Hollywood, and then all of Los Angeles, as the hapless and emblematic … Continue reading

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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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On Taking Religion Seriously

It’s what one might expect from the son an ironmonger, an ironmonger who was also a lay preacher who dabbled in architecture. Of course the son became a humorist. It’s an appropriate response. And that son would be Jerome K. … Continue reading

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Not Knowing, and Comfortable Not Knowing

One must be discreet, but one also must be honest, and mention the surreal when it pops up. So it was last Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach and late lunch with a highly-respected writer from Boston, with two books, and … 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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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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