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Church of the Churchless

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Located in Salem

Last update: January 19th, 2015 at 03:30 pm

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I came across a poem, "Probability," by Lisa Purpura in the January 19, 2015 issue of The New Yorker while reading in bed before I went to sleep. I read it four times that night. More, since. I like it...

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A few days ago I rediscovered a book that I'd starting reading a few years ago, David Loy's "Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy." It's one of the few writings on the subject of nonduality that doesn't make me want...

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For something completely different... and really well written... and either marvelously meaningful or completely meaningless... yet fun to read, nonetheless... Check out Rivka Weinberg's New York Times piece, "Why life is absurd." I liked it a lot. While understanding it...

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Over on my other blog today I put up a post, "Statesman Journal should put Mohammed cartoon on opinion page." It irritated me that the editorial page editor of our local newspaper, which is part of the Gannett chain, said...

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Time for an experiment with comments on my blog posts. I'm scientifically minded. I enjoy trying something different and seeing how it works out. Starting today, I'm going to be less accepting of publishing comments that include a lot of...

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Like I've said before (quite a few times), and almost certainly will say again (after this time), religious beliefs shouldn't allow people to ignore laws. Where does this end, if we allow it to begin? Some Christian religious bigots believe...

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So many people have been saying so much that is right about the atrocious killings by Islamic extremists of staffers at a French satirical magazine, I don't feel that I can add much to the 100% justified outrage. This is...

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In Christianity, the Ten Commandments are permanent. But in Eastern guru-centered religions, God's emissary on earth (often termed a "perfect living master") substitutes for holy scripture. So what is supposedly moral and what isn't can shift with the times as...

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Here's a terrific Newsweek piece, "BIble: So Misunderstood It's a Sin." Lengthy, and well worth reading. But be warned, Christians. You'll never be able to believe in the divine inerrancy, or even historical accuracy, of the Bible after being exposed...

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I'm on a five-year nothing roll when it comes to New Year's resolutions. Of course, there's always something more to say about nothing, so I'll do just that after sharing links to my previous paeans to irresolution. 2010: "New Year's...

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David Lane, a.k.a. the Neuralsurfer, has made another provocative short video. It's called "Remainder Conjecture: Driving Science to the Brink of an Epistemological Cul de Sac." Here's my take on Lane's basic point, which seems unarguable to me. Assume that...

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Imagination. We tend to think of this as something special, an activity we engage in when, say, we're trying to do something creative like paint a picture, write a novel, or compose a song. Or as what the brain does...

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Everything is God. God is all there is. As soon as I got to those words in a piece I came across, "Why Your Version of God is the Right One...for YOU," I knew that I'd disagree with the rest...

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To answer my own blog title question: Yes, I do believe that religiosity tends to dilute people's enjoyment of life. Having been religiously-minded for about 35 years, and churchless now, I consider myself well qualified to address this question. Even...

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With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, it's time to start thinking about what to get your atheist friend who, of course, doesn't believe in Christ (but still enjoys giving and receiving presents). Here's a book idea: Atheist Mind,...

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Thanks to a regular Church of the Churchless visitor, I was turned on to a short interesting piece in The Guardian, "Spiritual but not religious? You're not alone." Oliver Burkeman wrote the piece. Though he has mixed feelings about Sam...

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I dream a lot, as we all do. Lucid dreaming, though -- very rarely. That's when you're aware that you're dreaming, while still in a dream. Maybe I've had a couple of lucid dreams in my entire life. Three years...

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Hey, I can find quasi-philosophical churchless inspiration in all kinds of places. Yesterday it was in Carolyn Hax's advice column that appeared in the Sunday Oregonian. Hax responded to a woman who was "feeling shaken in my own marriage" after...

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It's easy to be distracted by the seemingly many forms of meditative practices. Wikipedia offers a pretty good rundown of them. Naturally, devotees of the various practices almost always believe that theirs is the best. I fell into this delusion...

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With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up here in the United States tomorrow, I was trying to decide whether to write something thanks giving'ly for today's blog post. Problem is, I don't like forced or expected expressions of any sentiment, including...

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I really like Julian Baggini's retort to the oft-heard saying, "There are no atheists in foxholes." (Meaning, in desperate situations.) Which, by the way, isn't true. I can also affirm that there are atheists/agnostics in dentist's chairs. Here's what Baggini...

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Ooh! I bet the title of this blog post will irk spiritual types who believe that enlightenment is some sort of mystical transformation of consciousness requiring lots of meditation and/or other practices to achieve. I certainly would have felt that...

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Here's three godless good news pieces that popped into my web browser recently. I liked Russ Belville's (a.k.a. Radical Russ) "No More Special Rights for Religion" a lot. I learned about Belville, who lives in Portland, via our shared interest...

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The existential alternatives in the title of this post were named by brain researcher Susan Greenfield. I came across a mention of them in Julian Baggini's intriguing book, "The Ego Trick: What Does It Mean to be You?" Here's how...

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I'm a big fan of getting my cosmic inspiration from the comic pages and Comedy Central. This week has been a bonanza in that regard. Here's what today's Pearls Before Swine had to say about the meaning of existence. In...

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Maybe this statement seems paradoxical to you: I feel more genuinely spiritual now that I've stopped believing in God. But it makes good sense to me. Here's the main reason why. I no longer feel special. Virtually every religion and...

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Having written a well-received book called "Return to the One," I've obviously thought a lot about oneness. My views have changed considerably since I wrote the book. I used to believe that the goal of a spiritual or self-realized life...

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My journey from churched to churchlessness pretty much can be summed up in this fashion: I used to believe that I had (or was) a distinct, unified, immaterial soul or self. Now, I rejoice in the understanding that there's no...

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A few days ago "Tanvee" left a great comment on a recent post, "More weird news from the world of Radha Soami Satsang Beas." It deserves to be upgraded to its own post, which I've done below. This is a...

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As I've observed before, for me churchlessness isn't an event but a process. Meaning, it isn't a sudden jump from being religious to being non-religious. It is a lengthy path with many twists and turns. I keep recognizing shadows of...

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