I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in the reality of gods, literally or metaphorically. Nonetheless, I find religions interesting in the way that they play with ideas, and am interested exploring the ideas that the gods proposed by religious groups represent.
My starting point in these explorations is the understanding that not all gods are [...]
September 30 is International Blasphemy Rights Day, an unholy day on which people celebrate the legal right to defy religious leaders’ attempts to restrict speech and artistic expression. I’m tempted to design a set of bedsheets carrying the images of Ganesh, Mohammed, and Jesus to mark the occasion. [...]
Whereas the participants in Pamplona are seeking to create a display of their physical and mental toughness, the people participating in the bull ritual in Ujjain are seeking forgiveness through submission. Instead of running away from the bulls, they wait for them. [...]
One explanation is that, in spite of all their talk about accepting many sources of religious wisdom, Unitarian Universalists really are only comfortable dealing with Christian religious language. Another explanation is that the story of the Cracked Pot is not really an ancient folktale, but something more like an urban legend. [...]
Ramdev’s yoga cures homosexuality and treats AIDS, but some people may experience moral hypocrisy and tax evasion as a side effect. [...]
If only my chakras were not so weak and closed, I might try harder to give Carol Tuttle an opportunity to become my teacher. It appears that I will be staying in Samsara for a while longer, folks. [...]
Though he concocted the doctrines and ritual practices of Kumare, Vikram Gandhi began to experience the benefits of them, feeling an increased sense of serenity and happiness… as long as he wasn’t thinking about the fact that he was lying to the people who looked to him for guidance, people with whom he was building relationships of apparent trust. [...]
Pier1 stores across the United States are selling mass-produced statues of frogs, cats, and turtles that appear to be meditating, holding postures typically associated with Hindu or Buddhist sages. Who would buy one of these statues? Where would they put the statue, and for what purpose?
Is this image of enlightenment at a shopping mall a blasphemy or an important Hindu update? [...]
In the United States, we slaughter enough animals to hold 25 festival slaughters the size of the Gahimai slaughter every day of the year. So, what kind of basis for moral outrage do we have here in the United States to condemn a the Gadhimai slaughter in Nepal? [...]
No Kirtan bliss for me, thanks. I’ll get release from anxiety and negativity when I’m dead. Until then, I choose to live as fully as I can. [...]