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Dean Kirkland

Church of the Churchless

http://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/

Located in Salem

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Preaching the gospel of spiritual independence

I no longer believe in God. Meaning, a God who is this or that, a God who can be described, who can be known, who can be experienced. But I'm very much open to the notion that One is at...

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I don't believe in free will. But like most people, I have a feeling that my intention to do something is what causes that thing to happen. So we have two things going on: (1) A scientific world view doesn't...

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Here's another of my wife's monthly letters to the editor of the Salem (Oregon) Statesman Journal newspaper. Her April offering was titled "Reader prefers science over religion" on the opinion page. Me too. As we were driving around today, talking...

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After getting a haircut a few days ago I reached into the pocket of my jacket where I'd put my checkbook. Problem was, no checkbook. "I'll have to give you cash," I told Kim, my haircutter. "Cash is good," she...

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We usually think that religions require people to believe in certain things. Like God, heaven, life after death. But what if religiosity is more akin to a tune you just can't get out of your head than a consciously arrived-at...

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Some holidays are secular, like the Fourth of July or President's Day. It doesn't bother me when businesses close on a genuinely national holiday. But Easter? It's a purely Christian day, a celebration of Jesus supposedly being resurrected from the...

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Rules are fine. Except when they aren't. For me, one of the most enjoyable things about giving up on the ridiculousness of religion is no longer having to comply with rigid rules, dogmas, commandments, rituals, and such. Every religion has...

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Like young children, we adults also love to ask Why? It just seems so natural to want to understand why our car won't start, why our spouse is angry with us, why we've got a stomach ache. I'm not denying...

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For about 35 years my daily meditation practice was aimed at "going within." This was the teaching of the Indian guru I followed, Charan Singh. The assumption was that there is an unchanging conscious essence within us that could be...

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Here's a good cartoon from the Jesus and Mo web site. Yeah, what if the truth isn't factual? Well, then it isn't true. Not that this would bother religious believers, because their "truth" is whatever they want it to be,...

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My wife and I are big fans of "Adam Ruins Everything." Here's how TruTV describes this entertaining and informative series. In Adam Ruins Everything, host and investigative comedian Adam Conover embarks on a comically inventive yet unrelentingly serious quest to...

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One of my first Church of the Churchless posts, "Just have faith," was written in November 2004. It's still one of my favorites. Re-reading it today, I was pleased that I still agree with just about everything in it. The...

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I absolutely loved Sapiens, a book by a historian that was like no history book I'd ever read before. It was filled with wonderfully fresh insights -- Big Astounding Ideas rather than little boring facts. My blog posts about the...

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Here's a Radha Soami Satsang Beas related newspaper story that came to my attention via someone's Twitter feed that I follow: "Opponents to religious group Radha Soami Satsang Beas' worship centre in Green Wedge at Carrum Downs score win at...

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Having been a member for many years of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), a mystical/meditation-based spiritual organization headquartered in India, I'm still somewhat interested in going-on regarding the group's current guru, Gurinder Singh. So when someone I follow on Twitter...

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I'm no Carl Sagan, but after coming up with the thought expressed in the title of this blog post I did some Googling to find an image to share which expressed that sentiment. So Carl Sagan and I are on...

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There are lots of reasons to dislike what President Trump (I hate writing those two words) is doing to our country. He's out to wreck the environment, trash human rights, destroy our relations with international allies, further enrich the already...

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Recently KGW, a Portland (Oregon) television station, had a story about a military veteran who was intensely distraught when some people protesting Trump's inauguration burned the American flag. Eric Post, who served in the Marines, made an emotional Facebook video...

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What is real? This is one of the most important questions. I've grappled with it for my entire adult life. The basic problem I or anyone else faces in answering that question is that we humans are subjective beings who...

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Last night my wife, Laurel, and I watched the first episode of the HBO series, The Young Pope. It was weirdly realistic while also being strangely fantastical. The official trailer will give you a feel for the Young Pope, masterfully...

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A few days ago somebody emailed me a document about how life is purposeless, since I'd recently blogged about "The joy of living in a meaningless world." They weren't sure who had written the piece, but thought it was Osho...

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The deeper I dive into atheism, the more blissful those warm waters of faithlessness seem. Which is a big change from my early non-believing years, when I often felt that something important was missing from my life. That something was...

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I've meditated every day, with a few exceptions, for over 45 years. For a long time I was a super-meditator, spending 1 1/2 to 2 hours at a time on a quest for the Meaning Of It All (MOIA). Failing...

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A Church of the Churchless reader just sent me this thought-provoking exchange between two hosts of The Atheist Experience Internet television show and a Christian caller. It's well worth watching. The first six minutes of the 12-minute video pretty much...

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The title of "Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts that Will Save Us" pretty much sold me on the book. Even though the authors focus on medical myths, often the same factors that lead people to embrace...

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Since I'm not privy to the Secret of Ultimate Reality, naturally I don't know whether this letter-writer's thesis is correct: that subjectivity is innate to material reality. But what Godwin says in his letter in the December 10 issue of...

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Scientific. Philosophical. Well-written. Creative. Mind-expanding. "The Simplest Case Scenario" by Karl Coryat pushed all of my book-loving buttons. It's subtitle points to why I liked it so much: How the universe may be very different from what we think it...

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Today our local newspaper, the Salem Statesman Journal, published my wife's "Good Without God" letter to the editor. Naturally I feel that Laurel makes a lot of sense, fellow scientifically-minded atheist that she is. After her letter, I'll share the...

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It's easy to see what happens in life. It's much more difficult to comprehend why something happens. For example, we know that Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States. But why this occurred -- beyond the obvious...

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