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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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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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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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Podcast #263 – Too Faithful to Be Faithless

A Texas member of the Electoral College has resigned rather than cast a vote for Donald Trump, stating that the president-elect is not “biblically qualified” to hold office. Also in Texas, the Republican-controlled government is implementing a new regulation requiring … Continue reading

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Podcast 260 – Moore No More

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended without pay from his office until the end of his term, effectively putting an end to his judicial career. Moore becomes (as far as we can tell) the only judge in US … Continue reading

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Podcast #257 – Is Intelligent Design Dead (or Just Regrouping)?

We discuss a recent article by Donald Prothero in Skeptic magazine, in which he looks at the state of the Intelligent Design movement, ten years after its stinging defeat in Kitzmiller v. Dover. The overwhelming majority of scientists are against … Continue reading

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Podcast #254 – Pence and Insensibility

We take a look–from a freethinking and skeptical viewpoint–at Republican Platform 2016, as well as the political positions of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s pick as Vice Presidential running mate. Plus: A new Pew poll shows evangelicals and so-called “nones” falling in … Continue reading

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Podcast #250 – Mary Roach (Grunt)

Whoo-hoo! It’s our 250th episode! We’ll celebrate by continuing to put out some more episodes. Meanwhile, we interview Mary Roach, whose latest book is Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War (available in hardcover, audiobook and for Kindle). Roach is … Continue reading

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