Category Archives: Deep Thoughts

Yale Proffessor says Matrix is real!

Oh brother…

Many top experts have now come to that mind-bending conclusion . . . including a leading professor of philosophy at Yale University.

Any time you hear about “top experts” you know you’re reading a tabloid.

Getting all Goddy again

I have one friend who says “Religion is for the weak minded.” And I have another friend who is at a seminary to become a minister. Me? I’m a registered minister in… uh… well, I filled out a form on the web and now I’m… ok, whatever.

Anyway, Andrew grabs the bull by the horns with this statement:

I believe that religion and (for want of a better term) spirituality encourage irrational thinking, gullibility, exclusivity and divisiveness. The negatives outweigh the positives (and I acknowledge the positives). There is really very little difference, philosophically, between “mainstream” religion and religious fundamentalism.

As I do my best religious ranting/mumbling/philosophizing/etc late at night with a beer or two in me, I’ll just say that I agree with everything Andrew says. And yet I also do not see it as incompatible with what other friends are saying.

Explaining THAT is beyond the scope of this lifetime.

Getting all Goddy again

I have one friend who says “Religion is for the weak minded.” And I have another friend who is at a seminary to become a minister. Me? I’m a registered minister in… uh… well, I filled out a form on the web and now I’m… ok, whatever.

Anyway, Andrew grabs the bull by the horns with this statement:

I believe that religion and (for want of a better term) spirituality encourage irrational thinking, gullibility, exclusivity and divisiveness. The negatives outweigh the positives (and I acknowledge the positives). There is really very little difference, philosophically, between “mainstream” religion and religious fundamentalism.

As I do my best religious ranting/mumbling/philosophizing/etc late at night with a beer or two in me, I’ll just say that I agree with everything Andrew says. And yet I also do not see it as incompatible with what other friends are saying.

Explaining THAT is beyond the scope of this lifetime.

The New York Review of Books: The Religious Success Story

Another book to add to the stack…

For those of you keeping track, I finished the book on John Adams and am now part-way through “The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin.”

To make that relevant, Franklin is another man who’s views towards religion are very close to my own. At least up until 1750 or so. I haven’t gotten much past that yet.

The New York Review of Books: The Religious Success Story

Another book to add to the stack…

For those of you keeping track, I finished the book on John Adams and am now part-way through “The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin.”

To make that relevant, Franklin is another man who’s views towards religion are very close to my own. At least up until 1750 or so. I haven’t gotten much past that yet.

Prospect Magazine: Finding Religion

The author describes a path he has taken from strict scientific thinking eschewing all religion to finding religion and attending church regularly. His path is one I feel that I am on as well though I am nowhere near the attending church part.

I’ve long felt that the only real difference between the “atheist” point of view (viewing the world through science and “rationality”) and the religious point of view (viewing the world through God and, to a lesser extend, science) as being two sides of the same coin. It’s all metaphor and language.

I actually can be quite eloquent on this point and if you buy me a beer I’ll talk your ear off about it. But it’s late and I’m tired. Read the article. It starts to get at my own belief system.

Prospect Magazine: Finding Religion

The author describes a path he has taken from strict scientific thinking eschewing all religion to finding religion and attending church regularly. His path is one I feel that I am on as well though I am nowhere near the attending church part.

I’ve long felt that the only real difference between the “atheist” point of view (viewing the world through science and “rationality”) and the religious point of view (viewing the world through God and, to a lesser extend, science) as being two sides of the same coin. It’s all metaphor and language.

I actually can be quite eloquent on this point and if you buy me a beer I’ll talk your ear off about it. But it’s late and I’m tired. Read the article. It starts to get at my own belief system.