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In the current study of “religion,” two different methods have developed that are often in tension with each other. The first is the Post-Colonial Method (PCM) with scholars like Talal Asad, Edward Said, Timothy Fitzgerald, and Gayatri Spivak, and the second is the Sociological Method (SM) with scholars like Steve Bruce, Phil Zuckerman, and Barry A. Kosmin. Each of these methods has their own histories, assumptions, and trajectories for the…Continue
On October 2nd I was invited to present on forgiveness and reconciliation from a humanist perspective. It was an eight person panel for "Ahimsa Day" at Claremont Lincoln University. It was me, a Jew, Sikh, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and a Jain.
I am pretty sure most of us are familiar with Alexander Pope’s famous saying, “To err is human, to forgive divine.” As a humanist, I think that “to err is human, and to forgive is…Continue
No one individual science can completely explain anything, especially religion. The interconnected nature of the universe is such that, in order to understand any single phenomenon, one must utilize all of the sciences. When the totality of the sciences (natural and social) has been utilized in an explanation of religion, the question remains: Is “religion” anything more than what the sciences inform us about it?
In this paper I will argue that nothing more is…Continue
"If the property belongs to God he is able to pay the tax." Robert Ingersoll
In Lynch v. Donnelly (1984) the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a Christmas display in a mall in Pawtucket Rhode Island did not advocate “religion.” SCOTUS found that the crèche fulfilled a “secular purpose” of the city to “celebrate the Holiday and to depict the origins of that Holiday.” Chief Justice Burger’s logic was that since this crèche was not nearly as much of an…Continue