Category Archives for Religion

Cultural Relativism or Basic Human Rights?

If you have never heard the term “cultural relativism” before, rest assured you are not alone. One really has to work hard to keep up with the new words and phrases that have popped up in the last few years, particularly on social media. Cultural relativism can be defined by this type of statement: “Women’s […]

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Religious Psychosis – The Global Nightmare – Part II

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This is part two of Shana Babilonia’s guest post. It first appeared at myiobi.com. In a perfect world, we would all be informed, logically-thinking, reasonable, generous humanitarians who care for one another – and our environment; but – we don’t live in that world. Instead, humanity is afflicted by ancient ideas that have loomed within […]

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Religious Psychosis – The Global Nightmare, Part 1

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This is a guest post by Shanna Babilonia and it first appeared on myiobi.com. Nearly every individual on earth is familiar with some form of religion. Whether we are raised in a religious household, or not, we have all experienced the influence of religion’s tightly-held grasp over the minds and activities of humanity.  But, what […]

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Why Do We Toss Coins into Fountains?

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  When I was in Rome a few years ago, I tossed a coin into the Trevi fountain. It was just something every tourist wants to do. But have you ever wondered why people toss coins into fountains? Where on earth did this ritual come from? Peter Wells, in his book, Barbarians to Angels, The […]

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Shedding the Romantic Idea of a Buddhist Follower

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In this guest blog post, Pema Sherpa discusses her experience with Buddhism in her native Nepal. She says that while not every Buddhist follower or monk is corrupt and there are still authentic practitioners, she has given up the tradition and follows a spiritual path instead. She now lives in Bend, Oregon. I grew up […]

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Hebrews Steal Creation Story from Babylon

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As virtually all religious historians agree, the elite people from Judah (the Southern Kingdom and the only one remaining after the Northern Kingdom fell in 722 BCE) were carted off to Babylon after Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem, the capital, at the beginning of the 6th century BCE. Their sojourn lasted decades and many believe they were […]

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The Black Hole of Church Finances

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In my last year of college, Paris beckoned. A French major, I had secured a six-month expense paid education at the Sorbonne. Living in the Latin Quarter, I often crossed the bridge to the Ile de la Cite to walk through the corridors of Notre Dame. On a sunny day, beams of bright light streamed […]

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AIDS Epidemic in the South: Religion to Blame?

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A recent segment of the PBS NewsHour focused on the South as the “Epicenter of the AIDS Crisis in America.” In spite of life-saving drugs that are available to treat HIV and AIDS, hundreds are still dying in the city of Atlanta and Fulton County, Georgia, the focus of the report. A 2014 CDC analysis […]

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Ancient Scroll Discovered in Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

July 14, 2016 New York Times Two months ago, an ancient parchment scroll was discovered after a man at the Western Wall of what used to be the Jerusalem temple dislodged a large stone while placing his prayer in a crevice. It has taken scholars two months to carefully unroll the dry scroll in order […]

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Is Marriage on its Way out?

  Darrell Ray, a psychologist, writes in his book, Sex and God, that most religions “use our powerful sex drives to infect us with ideas that benefit the religion and hurt and inhibit our ability to be truly human.” (p. 23). As I have written previously, religion’s condemnation of sex before marriage has had the […]

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