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Thoughtful Thursday: The Soul Reason for Debate

Thoughtful Thursday: The Soul Reason for Debate

Essay, Jim Cowles, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana Abortion is a subject fraught with manifold hazards for unwary bloggers who insist on rushing in where angels fear to tread.  So this column will not be about abortion.  Instead, it will be about the abortion debate and an aspect of that debate that has puzzled me for a long, long time.  Maybe someone out there in Beguine Again Land can help me resolve this apparent paradox.  The paradox is as follows. Many abortion opponents -- I won’t say all, but the “many” is certainl...
Thoughtful Thursday: Back to the Future, Courtesy of St. Augustine

Thoughtful Thursday: Back to the Future, Courtesy of St. Augustine

Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana In my first post as “resident skeptic” for Cloaked Monk, I wrote of what I regard as the irreconcilable conflict between the Augustinian foundational principles of the evangelical / fundamentalist Protestant religious right, on the one hand, and the Enlightenment principles embodied in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, on the other.  In that case, the overall context – the primary topic being discussed then – was marriage equality and the Augustinian roots of con...
Thoughtful Thursday: A Skeptic’s Christmas

Thoughtful Thursday: A Skeptic’s Christmas

Essay, Religion, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana Christmas is supposed to be a very bad time for non-believers.  At least, for non-believers in a Christian culture.  (Non-Christian religious believers always have the option of standing with Christians in a spirit of ecumenical solidarity.) To the Christian population, or so the stereotype goes, atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, Ethical Culture-ists -- and people like me:  skeptics -- must celebrate only by becoming perhaps mildly intoxicated on eggnog, singing som...