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Tag Archives: religion

Dec
28
2021

Forgive us our trespasses

I woke up haunted by thoughts of Kristen Roupenian’s exquisite short story in the New Yorker, Cat Person, or rather, about the world’s reactions to it. My little corner of the Internet has a whole midrash of commentary about the … Continue reading

Oct
30
2016

Religious Bathwater

I’ve been reading Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists. De Botton’s big idea is that the least interesting thing about religion is whether its claims about God are true. We should be more interested in the fact that religions have had a couple of … Continue reading

Sep
15
2016

Ceremonial Shintoism

My guilty pleasure is reading Rod Dreher’s blog at The American Conservative. I’ve been reading him for well over ten years. My New Year’s Resolution this year was to stop but I just couldn’t leave him alone. Rod’s blog is addictive … Continue reading

Nov
7
2013

No Apologies

I’ve developed a habit in recent years of getting so excited after reading the first few chapters of a book that I want to write a provisional review before I even really know what it’s about. Francis Spufford’s project is … Continue reading

Oct
24
2013

The Priest with the Cold Hands

When Rita was in intensive care there was a moment where it seemed like it was all over and her mother told me to go find the priest. I went down to the chapel and there was an old, old … Continue reading

Oct
28
2012

The Least Funny of the Marxes

A series of short lectures on religion from my alma mater. Stalin and his gang had found lots of other ways to oppress people that didn’t have any of the fun bits of religion. Or, indeed. opium. Those hilarious people … Continue reading

Jul
29
2012

Religion for Atheists

[It’s that time again. That time when I rummage through my unfinished posts folder and decide which one’s would be better out than in and which belong in the digital toilet bowl. This one from March 2012 (barely) made the … Continue reading