Filed under: Belief, Faith, God, Justice | 2 Comments

From Wikipedia: The Pledge of Allegiance was originally composed by Captain George Thatcher Balch, a Union Army Officer during the Civil War and later a teacher of patriotism in New York City schools.[6][7] The form of the pledge used today was largely devised by Francis Bellamy in 1892, and formally adopted by Congress as the …

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American Nationalism is an Oxymoron

A Loss of Nerve

Filed under: Faith, History, Justice, The Ascension of the Human Spirit

This morning I stumbled upon these paragraphs from my book that provide a shocking contrast to the hysteria into which we suddenly have been cast. The theme of the book is that, over the course of six million years, we have ascended from apes as a result of a naturally selected collective instinct for justice, …

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Pose Francis and Conscience

Is Conscience a Result of Natural Selection?

Filed under: Faith, God, Human Nature, The Ascension of the Human Spirit | 1 Comment

At the beginning of April, Pope Francis issued an “Apostolic Exhortation” on the subject of “Love in the Family,” which addresses the issue of divorce. Of great interest to the Blog is that the Pope has reintroduced conscience into Catholic dialogue. The Blog holds that the introduction of a collective conscience right at the beginning …

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Tiptoeing Through the Politics of Evolution and Religion

Filed under: Belief, Evolutionary psychology, Faith, God, Group Selection

Note the blog’s new logo:  This blog is a response to this quotation: For centuries the writ of empiricism [science] has been spreading into the ancient domain of transcendentalist belief, slowly at the start but quickening in the scientific age. The spirits our ancestors knew intimately fled first the rocks and trees and then the …

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Secular View of Religion Won’t Cut It In 21st Century

Filed under: Enlightenment Narrative, Faith, God, History | 1 Comment

in the 21st Century, the secularist view that religion is a Darwinian side-effect, or an emotional “complex” of childlike Freudian defenses that should/will go away, has become an alarmingly dangerous abdication—nay, an abject surrendering—of the received power of the collective being that is the very heart of who we are.

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Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong and the Meaning of Belief

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We lost the art of interpreting the old tales of gods walking the earth, dead men striding out of tombs, or seas parting miraculously. We began to understand concepts such as faith, revelation, myth, mystery, and dogma in a way that would be very surprising to our [recent] ancestors.  In particular, the meaning of “belief” …

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