Can anyone understand what Tom Cruise is talking about? has this video of Tom Cruise talking about Scientology and being a Scientologist. I watched all 10 minutes of the video and I have no idea what he was trying to say. He says it’s his job to educate, but if so, he’s doing a pretty poor job.

Why such a mean god?

Back in the days when I went to Sunday school–or religious school, depending on your frame of reference, I remember going over various passages in the Bible. Usually these were passages in some way related to the service the rabbi had given the previous Friday. Now, I don’t recall what sermon the rabbi had given […]

The sources of religion

Reading more of Our Oriental Heritage today, I came across a section on the sources of religion, within a chapter on the moral elements of civilization. As with most of Durant’s writing, it was a thoroughly rational discussion, but I must say, I was amused by one of the tales of the origins of death, […]

Protected: Pope takes a shot at atheism

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Writing about religion

It’s Good Friday, which is a religious holiday and that’s as good an excuse as any to do some writing about religion. Actually, Dan’s blog entry “The Soulful Atheist” also got me thinking about it a while back. In any case, here are my thoughts. The last time I had any feelings which could be […]

Protected: It serves me right!

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“The End of False Religion Is Near!”

When I got home this evening, among the several catalogs for expensive stuff I don’t need, and a copy of the 30th anniversary issue of ASIMOV’S was a small brochure entitled, “The End of False Religion Is Near!” Curious, I sat down and read all three pages. As it turns out, I am being recruited […]

What do you think happens to your soul when you die?

I noticed that Yahoo!Answers has a question out there proposed by New Age guru Deepak Chopra: What do you think happens to your soul when you die?. At the time that I saw the question, some 3,500 answers had been posted. Here are some samples:

Why libraries and Sunday schools will be the downfall of society

I free associate when I drive. Driving to a clothing store this morning, I passed a church that was having a flea market in the parking lot. In front of the church was a sign that had the times for worship, as well as the time for Sunday School classes. Sunday school got me thinking […]

Spam of the week

I was forwarded the results of an NBC “poll” this week about whether or not the words “In God We Trust” and “God” belonged in the Pledge of Allegiance. The indigant author of the spam pointed out that NBC had the highest number of responses that they’ve ever had to a poll, with results as […]

Which religion is right for you?

I came across this quiz online. It contained 54 questions about various beliefs, etc. I took it because it thought it would be amusing, not because I beleive these statements actually reflect a set of beliefs. But the results were suprisingly accurate anyway. My results are below. At the bottom, there is a link to […]