"There was no one, over the past two years, better positioned to combat those things than you, dude, and you were too cowardly and craven to do it."
We see both of these dimensions of religiousness in nearly all religions, though the relative proportions vary, and that
The difficulty is that tribal thinking carries with it a package of benefits: you get to belong, to agree with others, to
There is nothing more "common" than the spirit that claims that our tribe is unique, that our little group is special, especially blessed by God, exceptional, Number One. There is nothing more "common," more vulgar, more primitive, few things more dangerous, and nothing less true.
As messy as tribalism may be, the tribes can also passionate, enthusiastic, creative and compelling. They produce leaders who are willing to take risks, to challenge what has gone before, to inspire others to do the same.
A week later in Morocco, I came face-to-face with Syrian refugees for the first time. I was surprised to see them there, since
Strict Bedouin legal codes often overpower civil law in Jordan, drawing the state's most basic sovereignty into question.
The agnostic (AG), while sympathetic to the atheist's arguments, still wants to accommodate other belief systems and confronts the atheist (Ath) for attacking religion. The atheist attempts to respond to the challenge.
Recently, I took a walk to the top of Fort Hill in Roxbury, Boston. In the Revolutionary War, this hill was occupied by a
Think religion is all about individual beliefs? Think again. The great sociologist Émile Durkheim argued that religion is "eminently social."