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Church of the Churchless

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

Located in Salem

Last update: December 12th, 2018 at 08:57 pm

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Preaching the gospel of spiritual independence

On one of my other blogs, Salem Political Snark, I wrote a post this afternoon that already is getting a lot of online attention here in semi-sleepy Salem, Oregon -- the state capital that often is referred to (especially by...

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Preachiness, fundamentalism, dogmatism... not welcome on this blog. If you've got an overwhelming urge to leave a comment praising God, a guru, your spirit guide, or any other religious entity, do it on Atheist and Believer, a blog that welcomes...

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My atheist "prayer" has been answered. Praise No-God! As noted in an earlier post today, I said that I'd bring back comments to this blog if someone would start a different blog where true believers in Sant Mat/RSSB could discuss...

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I've gotten emails from several regular commenters on this blog who wish that comments on my posts would be allowed again. Here's what I said to one of these people. It’d be great if someone, like you, would start a...

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So, after turning off comments on this blog last night because religious crazies were spewing wildly off-topic comments on my posts to a greater degree than ever before, I wake up this morning to find from my email inbox that...

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I'm done with comments here on the Church of the Churchless. Comment moderation means more work for me. But when I allow unfettered comments, the religious crazies who have chosen to abuse this blog as a forum for them to...

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Thanks to Jen for sharing this Woody Allen video in a comment. Allen says that artists, and I guess we're all artists of life, have to provide reasons for living in a universe that doesn't possess inherent meaning. Meaning is...

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I've decided to stop moderating (approving) comments, after a brief time doing otherwise. It's a burden on me, and an inconvenience to commenters, to have to do this. What I hope is that people will stay on-topic as much as...

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Leave a comment on this post about anything you want to talk about. Though I haven't been doing too well on this, I'll try to remember to always have an Open Thread showing in the Recent Posts section in the...

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Well, it's been a while since Malvinder and Shivinder Singh, cousins of Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas in India, have been in the news. (Being bad at genealogy, I used to think they were nephews;...

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The past couple of days have been ugly for investors in stock markets around the world, including here in the United States. But I've been pretty much unmoved and unworried by the downturn. Why? Because quite a few years ago...

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I enthusiastically embraced spiritual illusions for 35 years. I believed in God. I believed that God could be found by following the teachings of divine incarnations, God in human form. I believed I'd live on after my death. I believed...

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Here's a positive review of my new comment policy on this blog, where I now moderate (approve) comments before they're published. One day in, I'm enjoying the lack of off-topic crazy comments from dogmatic religious believers. I regularly exchange emails...

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I just turned comment moderation back on for this blog. That felt good. My experiment is over with allowing people to post comments on their own, saying whatever they like (pretty much; I did have my limits). The breaking point...

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My spiritual evolution has been a lot like my marital arts evolution. I'll explain. For about nine years I practiced traditional Shotokan karate. I got to the brown belt level, and did quite well in tournaments where I sparred against...

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Once in a while I get a glimpse of how things really are, or ideally are, spiritually speaking. Now, I put "spiritual" in quotation marks in the title of this post, because the way I use the word, it has...

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So, here's a quiz for you. Someone learns about an island inhabited by about 50-100 members of a tribe that has had very little contact with civilization. The nation that the island is a part of has decreed that no...

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"We've got to get out of our own heads." I really liked this observation by Michael Shermer near the beginning of a podcast interview featuring him and Philip Goff. Shermer was speaking about how Eben Alexander claimed he went to...

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I rarely read self-help books, but I saw a story in TIME magazine about Brene Brown and decided to get one of her books. After reading some Amazon reviews, I settled on "Daring Greatly." It's mainly about the courage to...

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Here's some thoughts about Thanksgiving (holiday today in the United States) from "JB," a regular commenter on this blog. Can't disagree with anything he said. If God is in charge of this world, He/She/It would have to be a sadistic,...

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I'm attracted to Buddhism, along with Taoism, because these are forms of spirituality that can be viewed without a lens of fantastical supernaturalism. Sure, many Buddhists and Taoists do embrace mystical mumbo-jumbo, but it is entirely possible to be a...

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Here's a guest post from the always-interesting Osho Robbins. Plus, a video Robbins made to accompany what follows. It has a "69" joke, so that alone leads me to recommend it. Robbins has an intriguing take on the Sant Mat...

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Karma can be a dangerous concept. It's harmless enough if we simply think of it as the laws of cause and effect that guide our universe. But when people extend this concept to include supernatural fantasies, such as that our...

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Being a big fan of both science and Stephen Hawking, naturally I had to buy his last and most recent book, "Brief Answers to the Big Questions," which was published after he died this year. So far I've only read...

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Last month I shared a critical Amazon reader review of John Gray's book, Seven Types of Atheism, in a blog post: "Great review of 'Seven Types of Atheism' by someone who hasn't read the book." I said in the post...

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Here's a big question, one of the biggest when it comes to understanding reality and how religions typically view what it means to be human: Do we have a self? Or adding an (important) capital letter, Do we have a...

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On Having No Head is a book by D.E. Harding. I'd bought and read it quite a few years ago. Then, when I needed to weed out unwanted books to make room for more, On Having No Head was given...

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This comment interchange on a recent post begs for further discussion. Which I'll start off below after sharing a screenshot of the interchange. Taking JB's second comment first, I understand why he feels this way -- that this blog is...

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Good arguments against the existence of God and the supernatural are worth sharing twice. So here's what I shared a few years ago in "No dragon in the garage. Also, no God in heaven." This morning I came across this...

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When I first heard of John Gray's book, "Seven Types of Atheism," I thought I'd be interested in it. But after reading some reviews, I decided against buying it. (For example, see here and here.) In another post I'll have...

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