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Agnosticism

Only A Minority Is Right

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

'It is possible that none of the religions are true, and it is absolutely impossible that more than one can be true.' -- Cicero, On the Nature of the...

America's Secular Community Just Won A Significant Legal Victory

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.21.2016 | Religion

President Obama signed an amendment to an important international religious freedom act on Friday, strengthening the United States’ commitment to pr...

Little Things Can Make An Atheist

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

As I read deeper in the literature of unbelief and 'freethought' from the past three centuries, it is interesting to see 'Little Things' given as rea...

God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

As far as I can discover from interviews and from books, there are at least 21 reasons smart people find God unconvincing. Here are the 21 reasons, ex...

God Loves Trump !

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

It is very clear that God loves Trump, because Trump won the presidency. It's fairly clear that God does not love Hillary Clinton quite as much, maybe...

A Trump Christian ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Preach Love of Enemies But Never Do It Advise Forgiveness of Enemies But Never Do It Avoid Bible Passages Like Micha Loving Mercy Avoid Bible Passages...

The Trinity Is One (Plus Two)

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

The math is elusive. It was figured with sharp pencils. God is three and yet God is one. So said a 3rd-century African theologian who coined the ter...

Jesus, Fully This And Fully That

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Three hundred years after Jesus left Palestine, Christian leaders held heated debates about his nature, rejecting some ideas about Jesus and finally s...

The Trump Bible

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Donald Trump daily consults holy writ. Perhaps you knew. But did you know that crafty theo-politicos stole Mr. Trump's Bible and discreetly replaced i...

Evangelicalism & Trumpism

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Some Evangelicals I know are among the best people I know. And yet, Evangelicalism, the religion, demands critique. So let's review: Evangelicalism i...

What is Marriage ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Surveying world religions and cultures, marriage can be described as a life-long agreement between two or more people typically involving three commit...

Advice to Young Ph.D.s in Religious Studies

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Circumstances may have changed. But in 1993 when I earned a newly minted Ph.D., a senior scholar gave me the following advice: "As a freshly minted...

What Is Prayer?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

All religions, except some forms of Buddhism, recommend prayer. From the Latin precare, which means to beg, prayer is just that: begging, pleading, imploring a God, or some other otherworldly figure, such as a saint.

The Looming Divorce Between Religion And The Afterlife

Stafford Betty | Posted 09.01.2016 | Religion
Stafford Betty

The question for me is not why Millennials, and not just Millennials, are inclined to divorce religion from the afterlife, but whether this is good for religion. Will the latest research, all of it secular, be friend or foe?

What is a Cult ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

The word 'cult' is never benign in religious terminology as it is in the world of art, where Johnny Stonenoggin filmster extraordinaire may cult-ivate...

What is the End of the World ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Every year of the calendar, for ages and ages, up to and including this year, there have been religious persons convinced that the end of the world wa...

How to Answer Your Child's Big Questions

Katherine Ozment | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion
Katherine Ozment

All these years, I've been listening to your questions more closely than you can possibly imagine. They are my questions, too. Like you, I have been asking them all my life.

What is Salvation?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Salvation. noun. In the West, rescuing few. In the East, rescuing all. Any religion that assigns to humans one lifetime and also insists that bel...

What Is Original Sin?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Original Sin. noun. An inborn guilt-worthy moral limp--in other words, a contradiction in terms. Any fetus may acquire DNA that will eventually hob...

Atheist vs. Agnostic: Why The Difference Matters. A 2nd Dialogue

Ted Cadsby | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

The agnostic (AG), while sympathetic to the atheist's arguments, still wants to accommodate other belief systems and confronts the atheist (Ath) for attacking religion. The atheist attempts to respond to the challenge.

Is Agnosticism Just Timid Atheism? A Dialogue

Ted Cadsby | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

The agnostic wants more evidence and is therefore unsure; the atheist insists there is ample evidence and is therefore certain.

Are We Talking Less About Religion, or Are Researchers Just Tone Deaf?

Elizabeth Drescher | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion
Elizabeth Drescher

If you didn't catch a report from the Pew Research Center last month on what seems to be an important new trend in American religion, feel free to forgive yourself. We're not talking about it. We're not even arguing about it anymore.

What Does the Pope See In His Dreams?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

A story is circulating that in a recent dream the Pope saw original scripture writers in the act, and this might enlighten us.

Why Doesn't Religion Need Politics?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Political religion has much to lament. Politics interlaced with religious fervor, or religion intertwined with political fervor, invented many techniques for political oppression. The government of gods has been tried and has failed.

What It's Like to Be Agnostic in a Group of Religious Friends

FlockU | Posted 03.30.2016 | Religion
FlockU

While a lot of millennials are leaning away from organized religion and identifying as agnostic, there are still a lot out there sticking with what our families taught us.