Author Archives: John C. Snider

000 – A SnideShow Primer

Folks, I’ve just posted a “primer” episode for the upcoming SnideShow podcast. The SnideShow is a left-leaning, interview-driven podcast covering a variety of topics, including politics, current events and social issues. Episode 001 is due out May 1st. Check it … Continue reading

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The Varieties of Religions Experience – Lectures 6 and 7

Chapter-by-chapter thoughts on William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience (hardcover, Kindle). Lecture VI & V – The Sick Soul I admit I’m a bit confused by James’s treatment of “healthy mindedness.” In his last lecture he seemd to praise it as an outlook … Continue reading

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1st Episode of Politically Incorrect

His occasional stupidity on vaccines and alternative medicine notwithstanding, I remain a big fan of Bill Maher. I still can’t believe that his current HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher has lasted LONGER than the show that put him … Continue reading

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My Interview with Challenging Opinions

Check out my interview in episode 8 of William Campbell’s Challenging Opinions podcast. We talked about my review of Omar Saif Ghobash’s recent book Letters to a Young Muslim, and about the worldwide struggle over the future of Islam. I’m certainly no … Continue reading

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The Varieties of Religious Experience – Lectures 4 and 5

Chapter-by-chapter thoughts on William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience (hardcover, Kindle). Lecture IV & V – The Religion of Healthy-Mindedness It’s the power of positive thinking! James starts this twofer lecture by asserting that happiness is the chief concern of human life. … Continue reading

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The Varieties of Religious Experience – Lecture 3

Chapter-by-chapter thoughts on William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience (hardcover, Kindle). Lecture III – The Reality of the Unseen “Were one asked to characterize the life of religion in the broadest and most general terms possible, one might say that it consists … Continue reading

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A Colony and a Nation by Chris Hayes

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately that touch on African-American history as well as current issues like the Black Lives Matter movement: older works like W.E.B. du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk and the essays of Lillian Smith, but … Continue reading

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The Varieties of Religious Experience – Lecture 2

Chapter-by-chapter thoughts on William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience (hardcover, Kindle). Lecture II – Circumscription of the Topic James has set himself a daunting task. But first things first: definitions. Religion can mean many things to many people, but he defines it … Continue reading

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The Varieties of Religious Experience – Lecture 1

Why am I blogging my chapter-by-chapter thoughts on William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience (hardcover, Kindle)? First, I’m correcting the slightly embarrassing fact that I have never read it, despite it’s being a classic of non-fiction and one of the most famous secular … Continue reading

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A Week of Firsts

A week of firsts: My first protest march. My first political planning meeting. My first cash contribution to a political campaign. Due to previous social and personal obligations, neither Allison nor I was able to participate in the Women’s March (Atlanta version) … Continue reading

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