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Start With Humanism

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 02.14.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

For your own self-designation, begin with the broadest most relevant category and call yourself a Humanist. This classification encompasses all other...

Irreligious Illiteracy

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Every academic field laments popular ignorance of its area of study. Scholars of religion decry religious illiteracy, but did anyone ever think to bem...

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...

Gospel of Wealth Preachers At Inauguration

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Pardon me. This piece is admittedly too clever by half, but then again, so is The Gospel of Wealth. Two preachers, male and female, both proponents o...

Humanists Integrate, Religionists Segregate

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Ancient and Renaissance Christian intellectuals claimed all that was beautiful and humane in pre-Christian Greek and Roman pagan literature was really...

We Should All Be Humanists

Mila Atmos | Posted 12.27.2016 | Good News
Mila Atmos

Since the election, I have been alarmed by dangerous tweets about possible nuclear arms races, several proposed Cabinet nominations, and a rise in hat...

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 'Simply Incredible'

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Sociologists, psychologists, and religious scholars have pondered, pondered, pondered the reasons why tens of millions of modern Americans and Europea...

Trump - A Neoliberal Operating System Failure

Michael Pirson | Posted 11.20.2016 | Politics
Michael Pirson

On 11/9 the world woke up to a blue screen error, or better yet, a red screen error.

Christian 'Elect' Elect Trump !

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Independent Voter: 'Good people can be deceived, and even the elect of God can be deceived. (The 'elect' are those chosen by God for salvation.) Jes...

The Givenness Of Things

Thought Matters | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion
Thought Matters

By Marilynne Robinson HUMANISM Humanism was the particular glory of the Renaissance. The recovery, translation, and dissemination of the litera...

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 Unites and Divides Humanism

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 10.04.2016 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Humanists have an extraordinary level of agreement with near unanimity on many current issues. This is in stark contrast to many Christian sects, whic...

Hellenic Education Continues Thanks to The Orpheus Luxury Collection

Jim Luce | Posted 09.27.2016 | Impact
Jim Luce

In synchrony with their philosophy of "indulging in the finer things in life for a deep appreciation of humanity and nature," The Orpheus Luxury Colle...

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...

9/11 Attackers Used Religion Just As ISIS Does Today

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.09.2016 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Islamophobia, or more relevantly, fear of Muslims, has led to persistent prejudice against a community of people who are just as compassionate and patriotic as anyone else.

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.

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...

What Is An Atheist ?

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

"So shall I do to the freshest things now reigning, and make stale the glistering of this present" (TIME, as the Chorus in The Winter's Tale by Shakes...

White America, Wake The F*ck Up. The Deaths Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile ARE Your Problem.

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

As a self-proclaimed "woke" white dude, it's sometimes difficult to know how to participate in conversations about race that matter deeply to me. The last thing I want to do is suck up oxygen from the voices that need to be heard.

Edith Turner And The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.27.2016 | College
Paul Stoller

In cynical moments when I need to ponder the wonders of human existence, I think about the work of Edith Turner, a monumental anthropologist who died on June 18th of this year, one day after her 95th birthday.