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Amazement at Being Amazed — Torture and the Bible

Amazement at Being Amazed — Torture and the Bible

Atheism, critical judgment, culture, deconstruction, doubt, Enlightenment, epistemology, Freud, Hebrew Scripture, higher criticism, Human Condition, Ideology, Isaiah, monotheism, Philosophy, polyvocality, postmodernism, secularism, Skeptic, Spirituality, Theology
Back in April of 2009, the Pew Forum published the results of a survey The Religious Dimensions of the Torture Debate which attracted little more than passing interest at the time, but which has assumed additional significance in the wake of the publication of the so-called “torture report” under the auspices of Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The survey was updated in early May of 2009, and the updated version was published simultaneously with a cautionary note, The Torture Debate: A Closer Look , about possible reasons for the correlation of religious beliefs and attitudes toward torture. The latter publication wisely notes that, while religious beliefs may be decisive in determining attitudes toward torture, there is an equally strong possibility that both religious beliefs and attitudes toward ...
Notes from a Calvinist Fitness Heretic

Notes from a Calvinist Fitness Heretic

"Life" Issues, body, Christianity, critical judgment, culture, Freud, Healthcare, humor, Ideology, Masculinityu, monotheism, Outsider, Religion, Science, Skeptic, Spirituality, Women
I hate exercise. In fact, I hate fitness. Well ... wait a minute … OK ... let’s back up a couple of steps. I do not hate fitness per se. What I hate is the contemporary American de facto religion of "Fitness-ianity", which is determinedly and relentlessly and remorselessly "Arminian" in its insistence that fitness is ... dammit all! ... a choice equally available to all and pristinely independent of one's genetics, physical limitations, aptitudes, and circumstances, per omnia saecula saeculorum, “Here endeth the lesson,” world without end, amen ... and while you're at it, gimme another toke offa that bong! I disagree. Based on my own life-experience, my family history, my (congenital utter lack of) athleticism, and my heredity, I am a confirmed hard-shell Calvinist. Why?  Because I know b...