Science and Religion

Science and Religion

Why Learning from History Means Saying No to Rigid Ideologies

Rigid Ideologies

-+*Walter Moss: Throughout history religious believers have sometimes become like latter day ideologues in their dogmatic rigidity, in their insistence on possessing “the truth,” in their lack of humility, and in their willingness to even kill those who think differently.

All-Woman’s Mosque in Los Angeles

all woman mosque

-+*Rosemary Jenkins: Among the more progressive Muslim women, there has arisen a need to explore their religion beyond the traditional means, to ask questions, enjoy active participation, and develop a greater female identity and camaraderie.

The Middle Passage

The Middle Passage

-+*Rev. Hannah Petrie: Ever since I was a kid I was drawn to Africa, but it was more than the romantic imagination stoked by watching Out of Africa. There was also an unconscious longing to reconcile the past, which I only became conscious of later in life.

Is Pope Francis Too Political?

Pope Francis Visits America

-+*Walter Moss: The charge that the pope is too political is not new and has just intensified in rightwing circles since Rush Limbaugh claimed in 2013 that the pope’s words regarding capitalism were “just pure Marxism.”

Ducking Death; Surviving Superannuation

-+*Robert W. Fuller: When machines are as complex as our brains, and work according to the same principles, they’re very likely to be as awe-inspiring as we are, notwithstanding the fact that it will be we who’ve built them.

What Is Man?

Ducking Death

-+*Robert Fuller: Twentieth-century science has shown that humans, like other animals, function according to the same principles as the cosmos and everything in it.

Deadly Religious Intolerance at Home and Abroad

Religious Intolerance

-+*Tom Hall: The French murderers apparently believed that their killings were necessary, godly. And like so many others in history, they find inspiration and justification in the American example.

The Superself: Genome, Menome, and Wenome

Ducking Death

-+*Robert Fuller: We balked at the seeming loss of the exceptional status implicit in Darwin’s theory of evolution, but eventually made peace with the incontrovertible fact of our simian ancestry.

A Holiday Gift from Pope Francis

Pope Francis Visits America

-+*Frank Fear: Francis doesn’t like how the Church is doing business. He’s a Progressive, not a company man. He expects the Church, as an institution, to practice what it preaches. He wants Sunday morning rhetoric to carry through the week.

“Self” Is a Misnomer

Ducking Death

-+*Robert W. Fuller: The word “self” carries strong connotations of autonomy, individuality, and self-sufficiency. It’s as if it were chosen to mask our interdependence. It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that in buying into this notion of selfhood, humankind got off on the wrong foot.