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Church of the Churchless

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

Located in Salem

Last update: May 29th, 2018 at 08:58 pm

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Preaching the gospel of spiritual independence

In an email message, a regular Church of the Churchless visitor recommended that I check out a George Carlin video about Christianity. When I searched You Tube, a pleasing variety of videos popped up where Carlin bashes religion. So I...

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I was really proud of myself tonight. So proud, I'm thinking that what I did could be a tangible sign of my enlightenment, mini, or even micro, variety. After finding a parking spot a couple of blocks from my 6...

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For a little light reading today (I'm being ironic) I picked up my copy of physicist David Deutsch's "The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes -- and Its Implications." Thumbing though a chapter I'd already read, The Nature...

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Minorities tend to be misunderstood by majorities. Whites don't really know what it is like to be African American. Heterosexuals don't really know what it is like to be homosexual, or more broadly, LGBTQ. And religious believers don't know what...

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For about 35 years I had some deluded notions about meditation. Back then I embraced a teaching that said meditation was about concentrating at the eye center (third eye, basically) so one's mind/soul could enter higher realms of mystical consciousness....

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My wife, Laurel, is an avid atheist -- even more so in some respects than I am. She started a MeetUp group here in Salem, Oregon: Freethinking Atheists of Salem. Here's the description of the group. Are you too logical/rational...

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People feel special for all sorts of reasons. For example... Ego. "I'm especially good-looking/intelligent/talented/etc. etc." Love of country. "I'm a citizen of the greatest nation in the world." Luck. "I won the lottery and now I'm set for life." Upbringing....

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If you listen to CNN for more than a few minutes, especially if Wolf Blitzer is the anchor, you're guaranteed to hear "Breaking news!" Of course, usually it isn't genuine breaking news that hasn't been reported before, but rather fairly...

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Chasing after perfection is a perfect way to drive yourself crazy. Or at least, to become deeply disappointed -- since perfection doesnt exist. Not in people, for sure. And likely nowhere else, either. Yet religions hold up perfection as an...

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Last Saturday there was another Women's March here in Salem, Oregon. As I did with the 2017 and 2018 marches, I took a bunch of photos, then shared them in an Adobe Spark web page that you can peruse by...

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Every religion has its own brand of craziness. None is exempt. Why? Because the very notion of supernaturalism is crazy, since there is zero, repeat zero, demonstrable evidence that gods, angels, souls, heaven, hell, or any other supernatural entity exists....

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Following up on my previous post about John Dewey's marvelous little book, "A Common Faith," here's some of what Dewey has to say about mystical experiences. I've boldfaced some passages that particularly appeal to me. Dewey's main point, which I...

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Calling someone animalistic isn't an insult. It is a fact. We humans are animals. Just unusual ones, since members of no other animal species can write articles (or blog posts) about the fact that they're animals. Thus our bodies do...

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When is it good to be shaken up? Not physically. Psychologically. It seems that being all shook up typically is viewed as something to be avoided, since it means "greatly disturbed or upset." As in, watching that scary movie left...

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Today the Daily Calm guided meditation by Tamara Levitt on my iPhone app was about mandalas. I've transcribed the last portion of what Levitt said, because I found it inspiring. It's so true. Nothing lasts. Everything is impermanent. Our wanting...

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Today I stopped for lunch at Lifesource Natural Foods here in Salem, Oregon -- where a fairly healthy slice of pesto pizza captured my stomach's attention. There was only one table unoccupied in the eating area, so I grabbed it....

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Many things amuse me when I peruse comments on this Church of the Churchless blog by religiously-minded people. One class of comments that generates an especially large smile is Brian, you spend all of your time bashing religion, so you're...

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Often finding books is akin to a secular miracle for me. I'll be reading a book, then see a minor mention of another book in it, pass that mention by, then decide to flip back a few pages and revisit...

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Some time ago, can't remember exactly when, I added guided meditations via Sam Harris' Waking Up iPhone app to my morning meditation routine. (I also enjoy listening to the daily guided meditations by Tamara Levitt on the Calm app.) Sam...

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Why, this is almost like the Twelve Days of Christmas -- aside from the Days and Christmas part. It's my Twelve Favorite Blog Posts of 2018 here on the Church of the Churchless. (Image below came from here.) I picked...

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Getting an email like the one below makes me feel good about what I've been able to accomplish through this blog from its founding in 2004 to the present. Every person who comes to recognize the downside of religiosity --...

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Trigger alert: if you're religious or conservative (i.e. a Donald Trump lover), or worse, religious and conservative, you may find the 2018 Christmas letter fashioned by my wife and me -- well, actually, just me -- to be not your...

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Wow. Atheist me is sharing a USA Today opinion piece about Jesus. That's because the only problem I have with Jesus is his connection with Christianity. Take that away, and we're left with the teachings of a regular human being....

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Poet Mary Oliver asked a great question in the last two lines of "The Summer Day." The poem ends with: I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into...

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I'm in book bliss. Someone emailed me with a book recommendation, "The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness," and I'm loving what I've read so far -- the first couple of...

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Here's an interesting letter in the October 6, 2018 issue of New Scientist: From Steve Brewer, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK Sofia Deleniv describes self-awareness as an illusion, and on your cover you call it a "delusion" (8 September, p 28)....

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Following up on my previous post, "Churches shouldn't be able to discriminate against gays," yesterday I wrote another post on my Salem Political Snark blog about how a sermon given by the Salem Alliance Church lead pastor said in no...

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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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