The History of Marriage

Christianity and the Tradition of Marriage VorJack, Unreasonable Faith, June 8, 2009 Traditional marriage, as I’ve argued here many times, is misogynistic, antiquated and unnecessary. In this article VorJack gives an interesting history of “traditional” marriage from as far back as the Romans. He takes the reader through marriage as it metamorphosed from an private, […]

God’s Army

Jesus killed Mohammed: The crusade for a Christian military Jeff Sharlet, Harper’s Magazine, May 2009, pg. 31 Download the article (pdf). If the following excerpt doesn’t piss you off the remainder of the article surely will. The pious evangelical Christians who would have you think they are a benign-to-positive force are disingenuous at best. They […]

A More Secular America

The End of Christian America Jon Meacham, Newsweek, April 4, 2009 Then came the point he could not get out of his mind: while the unaffiliated have historically been concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, the report said, “this pattern has now changed, and the Northeast emerged in 2008 as the new stronghold of the religiously […]

A Global God

One World, Under God Robert Wright, The Atlantic, April 2009, p38 This fascinating essay discusses the history of tolerance within, mostly, historical Christianity. The Apostle Paul, Wright argues, is a shrewd and pragmatic businessman, of sorts. Religious teachings and mandates are changed in response to the political, social and economic realities of the time. So, […]

Impossible Rules

When I was a Mormon missionary serving in Massachusetts in the early 1990s our message was quite positive.  What we were selling was purpose, lasting peace, true happiness and strong families.  Occasionally we found a credulous undereducated person who desired these things and we were able to seal the deal and persuade them to join […]

Belief-O-Matic

Which religion matches your personality? Take the quiz and post your results. Here are mine: 1. Secular Humanism (100%) 2. Unitarian Universalism (93%) 3. Theravada Buddhism (82%) 4. Nontheist (79%) 5. Liberal Quakers (72%) 6. Neo-Pagan (66%) 7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (53%) 8. New Age (50%) 9. Taoism (50%) 10. Reform Judaism (38%) […]