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The Egyptian Precursors to the Monotheistic Religions

The heresy initiated by the pharaoh Akhenaten is often cited as an early form of monotheism that emerged in Egypt, which influenced the emergence of Judaism and/or other monotheisms. However, many scholars have cast doubt on this narrative. The way … Continue reading

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Thank You God for the Vatican Bankruptcy!

This Spanish-language Mexican paper has announced that Vatican City is headed towards bankruptcy, and this piece for The Stream says that a Saudi Prince could end up “owning St. Peter’s Basilica”. It’s not clear how deep in the red it … Continue reading

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Things to Learn from Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale was a best-selling 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, which was turned into a TV series in recent years. My neighbor and I have been binge-watching episodes of it for months, after it was recommended by a co-worker. … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on “The Family”, and How the Doctrine of Determinism is Used by Christian Extremists

I recently finished watching the five-episode documentary series The Family, which takes the veil off a secretive, international Christian network of theocrats who have been using large sums of money and influence to meddle in the affairs of US and … Continue reading

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The Ancient and Emerging Atheistic Religions

Many (including some Epicureans, like Michel Onfray) consider atheism as a nihilism, or say that it means “not having a religion”, or that it’s devoid of spirituality, but this is far from true. There are many ways of being atheistic, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Hail Satan?”

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. First Amendment to the United States Constitution It’s a summarized chronicle of the rise of the Satanic Temple in the United States in the last few years, but more than … Continue reading

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Unification Church (the Moonies): the Bizarre Mail-Order-Brides Cult from Korea

On this date, Sun Myung Moon was born in Korea. He’s considered a messiah figure by the so-called “Unification Church” (aka the Moonies), a bizarre cult that incorporates radical heterosexist ideology, conservative Christian politics, and Asian mail-order-brides. Well, not exactly, but … Continue reading

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Conclusions on the Gita

The Gita is an attempt to include a diverse set of teachings from various schools, most prominent among them the Stoic-like Sankhya School of philosophy and the Vaishnava sect of devotional Hinduism, in one scripture. It seeks to establish Lord … Continue reading

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On Bhakti and Philodeman Piety

Throughout the Gita, and in the long tradition of Krishna Consciousness, Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of devotion) is declared the highest form of yoga for most people. While the Gita declares that everyone worships according to their nature and tendencies, … Continue reading

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God in the Gītā

One God, Many Forms It may surprise people to know that Hinduism has a tradition of monotheism that evolved separately and independently from Abrahamic religions. Well, in reality, Hinduism teaches that there is one Supreme Soul (Param-Atma) or Brahman. This … Continue reading

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