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Just in Time for the Holidays!

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By Betsy Deville I welcome the opportunity to share my work. I grew up in a small midwestern town and was raised Catholic. I attended Catholic school through college. It was sheltered. I remember both horror and wonder when visiting a public university and seeing a condom in a vending machine! After college, religion was […]

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What about the Kids?

By Shayna Brazier My heart leapt a little when I read the title to a recent news article that said that “none” was the fastest growing religion in the US. I believe I felt so excited about it because it was validation that I was not alone in the journey away from religion. It is […]

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On Puritanism

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by Plato Mamo It is no great secret that the influence of Christianity on the so-called Western civilization has been disastrous. In addition to the disdain of reason and knowledge, the emphasis on subjective, emotional “faith,” the fanaticism, the intolerance and the ensuing atrocities (inquisition, public burnings), the vindictiveness, the hypocrisy, we have a bizarre, […]

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1968

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  Fifty years ago. Almost a lifetime. On September 14-15, I attended my 50th Bismarck High School Reunion. The organizers had done an amazing job of communicating with every graduate that they could find. They created two evening events with other opportunities interspersed within the same time period – lunch at the iconic Big Boy […]

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Will Patriarchy Survive?

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By Teresa Roberts  This week Bill Cosby was sentenced, Kavanaugh is facing a second accuser and Jim Knoblach is dropping out of the race due to allegations that he molested his own daughter for more than ten years.  We’ve experienced several years in a row of one man after another being accused for either sexual […]

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The Ten Commandments of Gender Equality

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I.     Body Autonomy Neither a man’s or woman’s body can be used against their will for any purpose. Ex. Sperm cannot be forcibly taken from a man to produce a child. Abortion must be legal, safe, and available. Ex. No man or woman should be touched without their clear consent. II.    Equality under […]

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The Problem of Evil

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  Either God wants to get rid of evil, but he can’t; or God can, but he doesn’t want to; or God neither wants to nor can, or he both wants to and can. If God wants to, but can’t, then he’s not all powerful. If he can, but doesn’t want to, he’s not all-loving. […]

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Let’s Blame it on St. Augustine

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Karen Armstrong is a well-known and respected historical author regarding the Bible and early Christian traditions. I find her work easy to read and quite fascinating. I am going to build this essay on one of the more striking points in her analysis – the doctrine of original sin and St. Augustine’s role in it […]

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Was Jesus a real person?

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  A few years ago at a secular conference, I met the author Richard Carrier who wrote On the Historicity of Jesus. He introduced himself as one of seven people who did not believe Jesus was a real person. I was curious and I ended up reading his very lengthy and thorough analysis of the […]

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When priests became celibate men

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We have all read about the recent grand jury report of the abuse of over 1000 children by priests in the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. This report, of course, is not the first to charge the Roman Catholic Church with sexual abuse of children nor the first accusing leaders of the church of covering […]

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