"It turns out there's a lot of pent-up desire," he said on "Conan."
Teaching The Greeks And Critical Thinking -- Part 12: Can You Be a Good Person if You Don't Believe in an Afterlife?
Student: It's kind of creepy when you think about it -- having someone invisible right in your home and eavesdropping on
"It comes from the sounds," he said. "If there's anything that's mystical about the whole experience, it's the creating of
The anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann wrote a New York Times op-ed recently about all of my favorite topics: dreams, sleep, religion, psychology, culture, and science. I wrote a letter in response, focusing on the religious studies angle of her argument. There's an intriguing psychological angle, too: a great deal of research shows that people's attitudes about dreams can have a direct impact on the their dream recall frequency.
The argument from ignorance is a logical fallacy, also known as the God-of-the-gaps argument, whereby someone says, "I am unaware of a natural explanation for [some phenomenon]; therefore we have evidence for the supernatural."
Secular prophecies to the contrary, religion is not going away. And despite the hopes of certain nostalgic believers, religion will not regain, at least in the West, the social ascendancy it once enjoyed.
Science is naturally skeptical, initially couched in doubt. Though doubt might be a stumbling block for science, it is a stepping stone for faith.
I offer this thought as a guide: whatever your worship, ask yourself, "did my heart express itself today?" If so, you have truly prayed.
My views about God, my feelings about myself and others, and my views regarding the universe shifted, or better, morphed into something infinitely more meaningful than I could have ever imagined.
By Ron Csillag Religion News Service (RNS) Dirt at an ancient holy site in Chimayo, N.M. reputedly cures a woman's rare bone
The truth is, religions are both different and alike, depending on where one looks. And we need to look at the whole picture, because when we lean too far in either direction we lose our balance.
For many today, organized religions are not providing the experience described above; perhaps it is because there is too much attention directed toward the interpretation of ancient texts.
Sometimes you experience a desire for God in very common situations: for example, standing silently in the snowy woods on a winter's day, finding yourself moved to tears during a movie, recognizing a strange sense of connection during a church service...
The spiritual experience usually comes about in altered states, but what does the recurring substance of the experience signify? What is that "something deeper and larger than ourselves" to which the experience seems to connect us?