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Do you know which university is opening a new “Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values”? Maharishi University of Management is the obvious pick, but that’s not it. And it’s also not Lhasa University (Go Fighting Sherpas!), although that’s a great guess too. Nor is it Buddha College, Western Karma, or the Gelug School. [...]

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Does prayer do anything? Like, if you came down with the swine flu mexican flu H1N1, and you didn’t feel like rooting it out at the causal level, would it be worth your while to force your friends to pray for your cure? The evidence, naturally, says, “no, of course that doesn’t work, what kind [...]

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US News and World Report has put together a special feature on the “10 Most Important Obama Faith Moments.” Of course they picked stupid ones like “Having Rick Warren pray at the inauguration” and “Luring Tony Dungy away from football to join the Faith Advisory Council” and “Smearing holy dirt on Joe Biden’s forehead.” Bo-ring! [...]

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I bet some of you are worried about the Swine Flu. Maybe you’re carrying around an industrial-sized bottle of Purell so you can spray down Amma before she hugs you. Maybe you’re wearing a surgical mask to keep the germs out of your nose and mouth. Or maybe you’re postponing that pork-tasting tour of Mexico [...]

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Why do people leave their religions? It’s easy to come up with a number of hypotheses: like to sleep in on Sundays hard to believe that a “benevolent” god would let FOX cancel “Firefly” tastiness of bacon wanted to try this “dancing” thing everyone is talking about “Thou shalt not kill” cramping social life tired [...]

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If you have a Google News Alert for “LifeWay Christian Resources, the Southern Baptist Convention’s publishing arm” like I do, you probably saw the large number of articles describing how sales of new baptisms slipped again in 2008. (I was unable to find any good statistics on sales of pre-owned baptisms.) And if you are [...]

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Randal Rauser is an associate professor of historical theology at Taylor Seminary, Edmonton. One day he bought a Bible for his seven-year-old daughter, and was shocked — SHOCKED — to discover that it was full of god-mandated genocides: The page with Deuteronomy 20 features a factoid bubble with a green parrot which informs me that [...]

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chronology

Over at the Friendly Atheist, Hemant challenges people to describe the chronology of their religious transformations. Here’s mine: 4: noticed gaping logical errors in C.S. Lewis books 5: found the “Captain Kangaroo” episode “Mr. Green Jeans and the Argument from Design” utterly uncompelling 6-7: watched “Superbook” and became concerned that none of my Bibles allowed [...]

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earth day

Happy Earth Day! Today is the holiest day of the year for Environmentalists, worshippers of the earth-goddess Gaia. Although Earth Day is a major holiday in California, complete with school closures, bank holidays, and reduced bus schedules, in other parts of the country Environmentalism is still a fringe religion. As you may not be familiar [...]

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perez hilton

Most religions teach the existence of a god who tests people: The Jewish god tested Abraham to see if he would cut off the tip of his wiener. Allah tests Muslims by taking away their money and health. Kami test Shintoists by challenging them to participate in Pokemon battles. And (apparently) the Christian god tests [...]

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