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Miracle?

News item: A gas explosion destroys a church in New York City, killing five out of its sixty members and three others. Fifty-five families are left homeless. Says a parishoner of the event: ““I thank God. It was wonderful.” Says the church’s leader of the

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Stories Ending in Tragedy

A church I drive by in Somerville, Maine frequently amuses me with its messages of dire religiosity. Here’s the latest: That got me to thinking… Could be true.

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Unrepresentative Military Chaplaincy: Is This a Problem?

Last night, the Secular Coalition for America sent us the following statistics as part of its call for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to provide for the hiring of nontheistic chaplains in the U.S. military: Religious Preference of Servicemembers and Chaplains Religious

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Why Would Atheists Engage In Christian Ritual?

There’s nothing wrong with people who call themselves atheists attending these Sunday Assemblies. It’s just that Sunday Assemblies won’t be the ticket for people who are more interested in the open field of possibilities as we develop ideas and rituals centered in our own contemporary experience, separate from the traditions of the past.

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If God Works, How Come Mothers Only Have Two Hands?

I saw this sign yesterday while travelling through South Somerville, Maine. If this were a valid ding against the scientific theory of evolution — which doesn’t claim that evolutionary pressures create absolutely optimal biological design — then wouldn’t it also be a criticism of the

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A Vatican Of Bad Fish

If anything positive is likely to come of the meltdown of credibility in the Vatican, it is that Americans will finally allow their own values of equality, liberty, acceptance of diversity, and government free of religious interference to lead the United States toward a legal system less influenced by medieval prejudice.

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And When I Say God, I Mean Me

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church asks you to give to God (c/o Prince of Peace Lutheran Church) Does God, the almighty omnipotent ruler of the entire universe, really need you to do things for him?  Of course not: substitute “Prince of Peace Lutheran Church” for

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Quincy and Charleston Unitarian Universalists Continue Pattern Of Christian Dominance

These UU congregations all promote one particular religion – Christianity – over all others, in just about the same ratio. There’s not just a lack of diversity within Unitarian Universalist congregations. There also seems to be a lack of diversity between congregations. Unitarian Universalism insists that it isn’t promoting any creed, but these results show that it is promoting a particular creed – a special blend consisting mostly of Christianity, with a drop of Buddhism mixed in.

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Biggest UU Congregation Reflects UUA Christian Dominance

In Tulsa’s local version of Unitarian Universalism, I found the very same problem I’ve seen elsewhere. Unitarian Universalism claims to be diverse, and claims to be welcoming, but when non-Christians walk through the door, they find themselves left in a corner, ignored at best, and often belittled.

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?