Tag Archives: psychology of religion

What Christianity and Kink Have in Common

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Want a special someone who will bring you to your knees? One who will be totally in charge? One who will tell you that you are really, really bad and threaten you with punishments? Maybe you have a little day … Continue reading

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From AwayPoint on YouTube: Why The God Hypothesis is Obsolete

Christianity Through the Lens of Cognitive Science, Part 8.  (Last in Series) Brain science is remarkably close to offering a full naturalistic explanation of individual religious experiences, everything from certain belief to moral indignation to mystical rapture to spiritual transformation. … Continue reading

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From AwayPoint on Youtube: How Beliefs Change

With all of the ways that beliefs resist change, one might think that awakening to complicated realities is hopeless. But there is another half of the equation. As much as we tend to be wary of threats against our world … Continue reading

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Jesus loves Me. He Can’t have a wife!

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Was Jesus married? The question is ancient—perhaps as old as the question of his divinity. On September 18, at a conference in Rome, Harvard historian Karen L. King, unveiled an ancient scrap of papyrus  with Coptic script in which Jesus … Continue reading

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Is Prayer Selfish?

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Fall is prayer season. Some folks think of it as football season, and indeed, images of football players circled with heads bowed or pointing to the big guy in the sky are almost as familiar lately as birds flying south. … Continue reading

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God’s Emotions Series Now Available as Podcasts, YouTube, Blogposts

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Thanks to requests from readers, God’s Emotions is now available in three media:  audio, video, or plain old written word. What suits you? Anger, disgust, jealousy, regret, grief, love . . . The Bible authors wrote as if God has emotions, … Continue reading

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Why Good Christians do Bad Things to Win Converts

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At Alternet: How the Fundamentalist Mind Compels Conservative Christians to Force Their Beliefs on You Evangelicals wear their religion on T-shirts and around their necks and on car bumpers and eye-blacks. They hand out tracts on college campuses and stage … Continue reading

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