Friday, July 30
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Bum Knees, Ockham’s Razor, and Faith

Bum Knees, Ockham’s Razor, and Faith

"Life" Issues, Atheism, Change, Christian Church, Christianity, conflict, critical judgment, doubt, faith, kindness, monotheism, Ockham's Razor, Religion, secularism, Skeptic, Theology, Uncategorized
I had an experience recently that, as I realized once I reflected on it at a safe distance, pretty much encapsulates the problems I have with "god-centric" religious faith. Now, the word “religious” is critical, for there are several different types of faith, most of which I have no problem both sharing and justifying. (The adjective "god-centric" is also critical, but keep reading.) In fact, ‘way back in November of 2013, I published a column about the nature of these different types of faith. But now, I am talking specifically about religious faith as encompassing a species of human experience which, almost by definition, is beyond direct observation. Anyway, make of the following what you will … On Monday, 7 March, I had to pick up two prescriptions. As I walked into the phar...

Mindful Monday: The Art of Dying

Buddhism, death, Grief, mindfulness, Spirituality, Surrender
On Friday, it will have been a year since my mother died. She had pulmonary fibrosis, a disease in which the lungs gradually become scarred and hard, causing you to suffocate slowly. It was horrible to watch her struggle with its inexorable creep. She died a little over four years after her diagnosis. A year and half earlier, my dad died from stage 4 prostate cancer, which he didn't know he had until two months before his death. He had been sick a long time but had chosen not to tell anyone because he wanted to focus on caring for my mother, as she had taken care of him through several serious illnesses over the course of their nearly sixty-year relationship. He couldn't hide any longer after the cancer ate through one of his vertebrae. He remembered the day he heard it snap. The pain was ...