For finding how incompletely the Christian bible is read in church, it turns out a magic phrase to google is "reverse lectionary". Here's one for the Episcopal Church as of a few years ago.
(In synagogues, the entire…"
"You're right, movies playing to the majority's beliefs, no matter how reality-based or not, will have an instant accepting audience.
Movies might be better if our culture idolized not superstar actors but screenwriters who bring powerful,…"
"Thanks for pointing us to that survey! It's mixed news; it's disappointing that so many American Catholics do think Pope Francis is addressing the sexual abuse scandal well.
I replied above about the huge jump in people expecting…"
"That requirement might be eliminated, maybe even within our lifetimes... the sooner the better!
The article The Flying Atheist shared (about Francis's popularity not translating into more Americans identifying as Catholic or going to Mass…"
"Narrower BS possible in Arizona: HB2481, which passed out of committee, would broaden the definition of a "minister" to include judges, JPs, county clerks, etc. for the purpose of allowing them to refuse to marry same-sex couples. In…"
"That needs to be repeated far and wide!
Today's mainstream Christianity [and Judaism, and other religions, have] clearly borrowed better assumptions from modern moral sensibilities and the Enlightenment.
Occasionally a religion will, to its…"
"Childhood indoctrination into arbitrary gender roles as "natural" and "normal"....
The corresponding morning prayer for traditional Jewish women is "Blessed are you ... who has created me according to his will."
"Maybe it's a bunch of lobsters and crabs being zapped, maybe a few shrimp and oysters and scallops as well -- all abominations, y'know. Then again a hypothetical "perfect creator" could've simply left out the abominations…"