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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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Religion and Sexual Shame

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By James A. Haught The World Health Organization once estimated that more than 100 million couples around the globe make love during a typical day.   Sex is a powerful human force.   It’s natural, healthy, normal and wonderful. However, Western religion has spent millennia tainting it with shame, guilt and punishment. Holy men equate […]

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On Atheism

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By Plato Mamo   Many Christians and perhaps some postmodern relativists like to accuse the atheists of being just as fanatical in their rejection of God as the Christians are in their belief. We, they say, choose to believe; you choose to deny his existence. Your obstinate refusal to accept God’s own revelation renders you […]

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Part III: The Society of Outsiders

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Karen Bridges   In parts I and II of this series, I discussed how Virginia Woolf illustrated the variety of ways religion played a role, not only in forbidding women from attaining education and employment, but insisting that it was the “natural order” of things. Religion was one of the many tools by which men […]

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Part II: The Archbishop’s Commission and the Power of Passivity

Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas, and the Role of Religion in the Rise of Fascism By Karen Bridges   In Part I of this series, I discussed Virginia Woolf’s writing on the role of religion in preventing women from getting an education. I will now turn to Three Guineas’ examination of the state of employment for […]

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Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas, and the Role of Religion in the Rise of Fascism

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Karen Bridges Part I: An Educated Man’s Daughter  Three Guineas was the last major work that Virginia Woolf would publish before her death. Part scrapbook, part hypothetical epistolary, part polemic essay, it defies any rigid categorization and is remarkable in its premise. It begins simply enough: the anonymous narrator, the “daughter of an educated man,” […]

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