The Worth of an Angry God

How supernatural beliefs allowed societies to bond and spread. BY BRIAN GALLAGHER Agod who knows everything, is everywhere, and wields impossible power, is a potent fantasy. Allegiance to it animates the lives of billions worldwide. But this “Big God,” as psychologists and anthropologists refer to it, wasn’t dreamt from scratch but pieced together, over thousands of years, paralleling humanity’s move from small- to large-scale societies. One burning question researchers want to answer is: Did humans need belief in a God-like being—someone who can punish every immorality we might commit—to have the big societies we have today, where we live relatively … Continue reading The Worth of an Angry God

The Spiritual Use Of Cannabis

by Soren Dreier Author: Sparc A depiction of the churning of the world in the ancient Indian creation myth. Most people are startled to find out that every major pharmacy in America offered cannabis tinctures as medicine until the 1930’s when cannabis prohibition began in the US. Cannabis has been used for over a thousand years by most of the world’s great cultures as a medicine. Most people in the west are unaware that many ancient cultures also recognized the value of cannabis as an aide to spiritual practice. Like any powerful medicinal plant, the energies of the plant must be … Continue reading The Spiritual Use Of Cannabis

SIN IS A MADE-UP RELIGIOUS MARKETING SCHEME

by Caitlin Johnstone, Contributor Waking Times The word “halitosis” is a household term which everyone knows means bad breath. But did you know that the word has been around for less than a hundred years, and was invented not by the medical field, but by advertisers? Back in the 1920s, people didn’t worry about body odor as much as they do now. They didn’t bathe nearly as often, they didn’t wear deodorant, and some bodily smells weren’t necessarily considered socially catastrophic. A family antiseptic company called Listerine was able to increase its revenue from $115,000 to $8 million over the course of seven … Continue reading SIN IS A MADE-UP RELIGIOUS MARKETING SCHEME

How the poor became blessed

Carvings thought to depict Terra Mater (Mother Earth) decorate the Ara Pacis Augustae, built in honour of the military successes and political reforms of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus. Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Greco-Roman gods had no interest in the poor nor was organised charity a religious duty. How was Christianity different? Pieter van der Horst is a scholar specialising in New Testament studies, Early Christian literature and the Jewish and Hellenistic context of Early Christianity. He is professor emeritus in the faculty of theology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and is the author of many books, including Studies in Ancient Judaism … Continue reading How the poor became blessed

The first God

A small stele, probably used as a home altar, depicts Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti with their three eldest daughters. Aten is represented as a sun-disc with the Sun’s rays ending in hands proffering Ankh signs to the royal couple. Amarna period, c1340 BCE. Courtesy the Neues Museum, Berlin Out of the many gods of ancient Egypt an inspired Pharaoh created a monotheistic faith. What was Atenism and why did it fail? by James K Hoffmeier is professor of Old Testament and ancient near Eastern history and archaeology at Trinity International University in Illinois. His latest book is Genesis: History, Fiction, Or Neither? Three … Continue reading The first God

WHAT THE FUCK ?

The COSMIC truth: Ten revelations that prove Democrats are DEMON-infested creatures pretending to be human by: Mike Adams (Natural News) When you interact with top-level Democrats, never make the mistake of thinking you’re dealing with human beings. The cosmic truth of the matter is that high-level “DEMONcrats” are quite literally demon-infested creatures who are pretending to be human. This is not a metaphor. It is literal. This is what allows Democrats to now legalize infanticide — the medical mass murder of children. States like New York, Virginia, Maryland and others have either already legalized the murder of children or are rapidly pursuing laws to legalize … Continue reading WHAT THE FUCK ?

The “Problem” of Religious Diversity

Illustration by Ray Zim We need a less theological—and more spiritual—defense of religious diversity. By Rita M. Gross To tell the truth, I have no idea which element of my hyphenated identity as a Buddhist practitioner and a scholar of comparative religions is more prominent in my conviction that religious diversity, which also includes indifference to organized religions, is simply a normal, natural aspect of life. Yet I was brought up to think that it was a huge problem. At some point, fairly early in my life, it just became ludicrous to me to think that of all the people on … Continue reading The “Problem” of Religious Diversity