Category Archives: Religion

How Dim Were the Dark Ages?

By Daniel Peterson (sic et non): Here’s a passage from The Victory of Reason:  How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success, a brilliant and provocative book by Rodney Stark. Dr. Stark, now in his mid-eighties, is a famous sociologist of … Continue reading

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Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes in California

According to Daniel Peterson, an impressive place to visit is Wayfarers Chapel in southern California: [If you can’t have Frank Lloyd Wright design your celestial home], there’s always his son, Lloyd Wright (1890-1978), who himself wasn’t too bad.  Among other … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Pandering to Ultraconservatives on DACA

Monday This blog has never been a fan of Mitt Romney largely because he can’t seem to decide who is.  Is he the centrist Republican who was governor of Massachusetts?  Or is he the panderer to conservative Christians who ran … Continue reading

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Lost at a Tibetan Monastery (A Personal Exercise in Syncretism)

[circa 1995] As I walked up the main road through the Labrang Monastery, I had trouble finding the main square and the tour office.  On my first try, I passed through an ornate gate and into a large courtyard surrounded … Continue reading

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Conceit of LDS (and Other Christian) Churches

Carolyn at bycommonconsent.com makes the following assertion concerning the basics of Christianity: When I study the Gospel of Jesus Christ, this theme is pervasive.  God calls us to first believe – and then to do the difficult, soul-searching work of … Continue reading

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So Why Can’t the Mormon Church React Faster?

The LDS Church leadership keeps getting blindsided by issues.  When they do make changes, they are frequently late in arriving and tone deaf to member’s concerns. Steve Evans on bycommonconsent.com speculates on why the silence from the top leaders during … Continue reading

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My Personal Concept of God

I’m not much of a theist, I’m more of an agnostic.  But if there is a God, this is a description I could believe in: [Prominent Process Theologian] John B. Cobb Jr. has not shied away even from re-imaging what … Continue reading

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