Category Archives: God, etc.

Swimming in the Fifth Dimension

I like to think about people jumping (or being forced) out of their goldfish bowls of certainty. The sun revolved around the earth, until it didn’t. The earth was flat, until it wasn’t. Paradigm shifts, in other words. When the … Continue reading

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From Japan: Adjustment please!

It must have been pre-cognition, or maybe my Adjusters stuck the thoughts in my head, but it was strange seeing The Adjustment Bureau yesterday after writing what I wrote below. It still makes the most sense to me, that we … Continue reading

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What atheists and Jehovah’s Witnesses have in common

I’m thinking that the next time a Jehovah’s Witness knocks on Sam Parnia’s door, he needs to invite him in. Now of course I myself have never done this, being a person who’s so theologically irascible I get irritated even … Continue reading

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Don’t pray for me

I flinch when someone tells me they’ll pray for me, which actually hardly ever happens because I choose my friends very carefully. I realize this is quite uncharitable of me, since people who say things like that are just trying … Continue reading

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Baby belief

My rigorous true-atheist friend asks whether I think Vivaldi would not have written sublime music if he didn’t believe in the sublime. I think he would have written sublime music, but not that music. I believe Vivaldi and Brahms and … Continue reading

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We can believe, but we can’t know

You do realize that atheism and agnosticism are orthogonal, right? That is, agnosticism is about what is knowable. The agnostic thinks that it is not knowable whether any gods exist. Atheism is about what is not believed. The atheist does … Continue reading

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I need to touch the wounds

Andrew Sullivan is an intelligent writer who is also a devout Christian. I have to admit I have a hard time putting those two characteristics together – my automatic prejudice is that if someone believes Jesus was actually God, they … Continue reading

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Why I’m agnostic and not an atheist

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The big A

It’s funny, when you think about it, that people mark graves with “emblems of belief.” Why are we here? What happens when we die? Just look at the graves, and you can figure out what all those dead people believed … Continue reading

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One Latin cross in the desert

Here, one Latin cross in the desert evokes far more than religion. It evokes thousands of small crosses in foreign fields making the graves of Americans who fell in battles, battles whose tragedies are compounded if the fallen are forgotten. … Continue reading

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