The Pokey Finger of God

meditations on religion and culture

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No God in the Shrine

December 13th, 2007 · Comments Off on No God in the Shrine · culture, media

Atheism frustrates me. There are many gods I don’t personally believe in. Among others, there are: Perfect Universal Good, Old Man in the Sky, Angry and Jealous Guy, and the Omniscient Moralizing Dude. It just so happens that these are the ones that the Christians sell by the bushel. I have a hard time understanding […]

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Democracy and Culture

January 18th, 2006 · Comments Off on Democracy and Culture · culture

When I was very young and I was learning about government for the first time, my initial judgment was that our government was carefully contrived to make it as difficult as possible for one person or group to hold power for very long, while simultaneously preventing anything from ever getting done. I recall also making […]

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Concept of Religion

July 27th, 2003 · Comments Off on Concept of Religion · Illuminations, metaphysics, ritual

These ideas eventually led me to the understanding that religion is an internal process utilized to deal with events and activities outside of one’s own control. Said another way, religion is a set of entirely subjective ideas and experiences with little to no objective reality with which to relate it. Whether you get it from your grandmother, or a book, the McChurch in your neighborhood or the Buddhist temple, only the pieces that you internalize actually become a part of your religion.

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History of the Church

June 4th, 2003 · Comments Off on History of the Church · christianity, culture, history, metaphysics

I’ve been having an interesting exchange of letters with a cousin I lost touch with twenty years ago. She was Catholic last time I saw her, seems she’s discovered paganism over the last five years. I ended up writing a summary history of Christianity, and realized when I was done that it was the most […]

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