"Are there religions that accept that we humans are animals? The Abrahamic religions that many of us are familiar with insist, despite overwhelming evidence, that our distinction from other animals isn't a matter of degree but of an entirely…"
"When a fire occurs in my home, do I call the Brandywine Fire Department or the Colonial Fire Department?
Competing insurance companies in the 17th through 19th centuries created their own fire brigades. (London had ten by 1832.) A brigade would…"
"I'm both annoyed at and mystified by drivers who loudly share their music with the entire neighborhood. If it's disturbingly loud to people driving or walking in the same block, it's got to be deafening to the driver (and anyone else…"
"I often recommend the site www.religioustolerance.org to theists and nontheists alike. The authors make a point of not attacking believers or their beliefs, but they don't excuse actions that harm people. I see it as a gentle way of introducing…"
"Maybe because we've been conditioned by a society that still perpetuates strict (religiously rooted?) limits on sex -- in particular, insisting that it stay hidden.
Something to consider: we think nothing of enjoying certain sensual pleasures,…"
"Dr. Stephen Uhl, a former Catholic priest who became an atheist and a psychologist, attributes successes of prayer to a sort of self-hypnosis, helping people beat addictions and do other things they didn't consciously think they could…"