I've had the "Make America Straight Again" conference notes stuck in my head after seeing some video snippets from day 1 (The Friendly Atheist has the "lowlights"--shudder). This is something that's really bugged me. When I see preachers practically frothing at the mouth about sinners, the gays, feminists, abortion, etc...I have to wonder something. In … Continue reading #098– Do These Anti-Gay Preachers Ever Get Tired of Hating?
My mother called me out of the blue last week. I don't think we'd spoken in over a year, but all of a sudden she was on my phone, and I suspected why now: she knew my dad was dead. I didn't tell her because I didn't know how to tell her. I can't recall … Continue reading Life’s Exquisite Weirdness Pays Me a Visit When I’m Around Coffee…
This one baffles me, but as I've gone digging and listening to speakers on all sides of creation v. evolution, I get very annoyed when I hear religious lawmakers and people who want "intelligent design" taught in schools call evolution a "religion." Seriously? On what do they base that? From what I've seen, most of … Continue reading #095–Why do some religious folks call evolution a “religion”?
My Copy: 978147874996 (image from bn.com) I've heard of some of the religious traditions mentioned in this book before, but I love the introductory presentation. Yes, some of this is intense and perplexing, but it also makes you try to imagine it and how you'd react to seeing it. That's what I like about Seth … Continue reading Sacred Cows: A lighthearted look at belief and tradition around the world, by Seth Andrews
Yes, it's slow going reading through the Bible. I'm almost regretting reading through both versions of the book, but not because I'm being challenged, but rather I'm getting more frustrated. I'd tried to study the Bible before, at least half a dozen times. I didn't really have good questions to ask a pastor or anything … Continue reading #092–What is it that allows some people to dismiss modern facts in favor of the Bible without question?
image from collectors.com This is a play I stumbled on when preparing for a David Mamet Masterclass. I had life do that intervening thing, so I haven't taken the class yet, but I saw the play on the shelf and thumbed through it, then just went ahead and read it. As far as interesting characters … Continue reading Life With Father, by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Being a despondent, annoyed, and conflicted person on Sundays, it's perhaps natural that I think about what Sunday usually dredges up: thoughts about religion. I think today I'd have something in common with most of the churchgoers this particular Sunday--hoping the sermons hurry up and finish so everybody can get home and get the barbecue … Continue reading #086–Do Jews Interpret the Creation as told in Genesis Literally?
My Copy: 9781442265684 (image from bn.com) The title pretty well says what this book is about, and goes through the increasingly-combined issues of conflict, genocide, and climate change in spades in these 158 pages (not counting notes). This is NOT a book detailing how humans are creating climate change, but rather a book that explains … Continue reading Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide, by Alex Alvarez
Odd to suggest when we're 18 months past that inauguration day that so many won't forget (for many reasons), but there was something bothering me about Dump and his whole approach to becoming president (and now that he is president). A year and a half has convinced me that he doesn't want to be president … Continue reading I Still Think Donald Trump Doesn’t Want to Be President: A Theory.