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Politics, Economics, and Religion

Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Greta Christina: Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo 15 hours ago. 9 Replies

Worth a read! Greta Christina explains philosopher Rebecca Goldstein's observation on a fundamental difference between "liberal" and "conservative" core values, and why things aren't as simple as "agreeing to disagree" between two "equally valid"…Continue

Tags: purity, democracy, loyalty, authority, avoidance of harm

You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 1. 4 Replies

"Hill found that religious belief was the strongest determinant of people's views on evolution—much more so than education, socioeconomic status, age, political views, or region of the country. More importantly, "Creationists are substantially more…Continue

Tags: confront, evolution, creationism, beliefs

Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva Nov 25. 17 Replies

"Karen Armstrong is dangerous. She’s dangerous because her blanket of tedious verbiage hides the truth that she wants us to completely ignore the dangers of religious dogma.  It appears that for her, there is no harmful dogma that can be pinned on…Continue

Tags: oppression, nihilism, politics, religious dogma, Karen Armstrong

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 27, 2013 at 12:01pm

You're right, Joan: "The bible is irrelevant!" to maintaining and governing a secular society, and we need to keep reminding people of that.

(Slightly related: a flyer directed towards onlookers of anti-gay bible-thumpers, the "repent and choose Jesus and repress yourselves for the rest of your lives" sort. There are plenty of theistic rebuttals; this is different.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 27, 2013 at 10:52am
First, defeat cancer and continue to educate people about environmental issues and climate change. The religious right needs to be held accountable for its fallacious beliefs, even as politics and religion need a strong wall built between them. Lots of interesting things to learn and do in the coming years. That "Kill Cancer Cells Cocktail" helps make it possible. Get politics off of women's bodies has to be #1 for me.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2013 at 11:42am
The bible is irrelevant! “A variety of scholarly disciplines use methods and conclusions that are often philosophically flawed, (e.g., translation, textual criticism, archeological history, and biblical theology).”

“There is an infrastructure that supports biblical studies (e.g. universities, a media-publishing industry, and churches).”
~ Hector Avalos

“The regulations described in Leviticus 27 are obviously so little applicable to the modern situation that a preacher might be pardoned if he told himself that the passage contains no relevant message for his people whatsoever.”
~ John Bright, The Authority of the Old Testament, 1967. p. 152.

“Can biblical scholars persuade others that they conduct a legitimate academic disciplines? Until they do, can they convince anyone that they have something to offer to the intellectual life of the modern world?”
“What we need is not the end of biblical scholarship but more of its critical engagement with the public (mis)use of the Bible.”
~ Philip Davies, professor emeritus at the University of Sheffield in England,

Hector Avalos: How Archaeology Killed Biblical History - Part 1 of 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP5LdELd_0o&list=PLPblR4bWCoxnWn...
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2013 at 11:22am
"we now know that the nation's two top ratings companies, Moody's and S&P, have for many years been shameless tools for the banks, willing to give just about anything a high rating in exchange for cash."

Well, it is clear, government enabled unrestricted banks, rating agencies, home loans and other charlatans to take over the financial sector of our economy. Financial institutions take advantage of people who earn their livings by working for wages and small businesses.

No amount of political/economic theory can deny this is happening and will continue to happen until small businesses and wage-workers join in a coalition to defeat the rascals.

The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-last-mystery-of-the-f...
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2013 at 10:59am

Is the Bible a Moral Code for Today?-Debate at Iowa State

I ran across this debate recently at Iowa State University Campus 4.12.12 in which Dr. Hector Avalos, Professor of Religious Studies. at Iowa State University, Ames, IA and Keith Darrell of Whitefield Fellowship debate.

I don't know if it is a spoof or not. Darrell makes such outlandish statements that simply make no sense. Yet what he said is what I hear from many who take the literal view of the bible. It is the kind of craziness I hear from the small, but active religious sects that like to march our streets and screech over their radio programs. 

It is good to know our opposition. It would be silly if this were just a few wing-nuts, while the reality is these people believe what they say and want to have an influence in our schools and government. 

NO!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 24, 2013 at 7:54pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 5:07am

Chris, You are welcome. 

Comment by Plinius on June 24, 2013 at 4:16am

Thanks for Daniel Somers' letter, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:08am

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:07am

 
 
 

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