Jesus and mythic consciousness

The beginning of the end of the Christian religion occurred during the Enlightenment period, a sweeping cultural, philosophical, political and scientific movement from the late 1600s through the early 1800s in which reason and science supplanted superstition and divine revelation as the primary means for arriving at truth.  The Judeo-Christian God of the Middle Ages, […]

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Mysticism and Resistance

A recent Forbes Magazine article reported that mindfulness meditation is now a billion-dollar industry. For several decades, business-savvy gurus and corporations have monetized meditation by guaranteeing personal fulfillment, power and wealth to aspiring paid-up mystics.  Increasingly meditation is marketed as a way to improve a company’s bottom line by increasing employee productivity.  Happy employees are […]

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A thought on the War on Christmas, as I look upon my neighbor’s overflowing garbage bin

Cardboard boxes and shiny, crumpled wrapping paper spill out of my Christian neighbor’s trash can.  My neighbor is a cultural Christian.  He has a big house and nice cars and says he loves Jesus.  But he’s often angry. During the month of December he is always angry about the War on Christmas. They want to […]

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“Be fruitful and multiply”: The ideology of fecundity

“Be fruitful and multiply” put the human project on course to mass misery and the annihilation of its own species and the entire planet.   Overpopulation was inevitable when this sky-god spoke. But, then, what man could reject a god whose first command is to copulate?! Civilization needs endless procreation to provide it workers, soldiers and […]

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Starbucks and the Americanization of Christmas

Before I get to the ginned up and  overhyped outrage over Starbucks, let me say, in my admitted ignorance, something about God, Jesus and the kingdom of God. I am not ashamed to say that I trust that this beautifully complex universe that we inhabit is the work of a conscious, even loving, Being. I even trust […]

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And so Jesus was crucified

Fishermen walked out on their employers. Tax collectors abandoned their political appointments. Soldiers deserted their posts. Women stepped outside their role. Children spoke before being spoken to. The sick stopped patronizing the local professional quack. Spiritual seekers abandoned the synagogue to seek God in the desert. Plainly stated, people said to the authorities, “We no […]

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How Christianity lost its way: Proudhon

Civilization appropriates.  The managers of the apparatus take that which is not theirs and claim it for their own.  The State appropriates through taxes, eminent domain and military conscription the wealth and labor of its subjects.  Capitalists, through economic colonization, appropriate the wealth of people, land, water and minerals using force of law, gun and […]

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Elizabeth and Mary’s subversive meeting

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, […]

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