Exploring the concept of religion from an objective, sociological standpoint, “The Comforting Illusion: Lifting the Veil on Organized Religion” aims to somehow reconcile our modern worldviews with ancient spiritual perspectives.
Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion I was admitted to the hospital recently. As part of the admittance process I was asked to state a religious preference. I surprised myself by saying, “None.” For the first sixty-one years of my life I participated in public acts of worship at least fifty times each year. IContinue reading “Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion”
Faith Demystified – The Root of Religious Discord Religious discord comes from bumping into belief systems that do not match our own, however illusory our own systems of belief may be. When I was a pastor, there was a young woman who had been baptized and raised Presbyterian. She was marrying a Baptist and joiningContinue reading “Faith Demystified – The Root of Religious Discord”
FAITH DEMYSTIFIED What Prayer is Not Prayer is a very powerful tool, but few Christians understand much about it. Churches have not wanted to be honest about prayer. Rather, churches have spent their energy polishing the prayer illusion, often for financial gain. Most churches would no more give up the illusion of prayer than aContinue reading “Faith Demystified – What Prayer is Not”
John Calvin and the Reformed Tradition The Reformed Tradition The Presbyterian Church (USA) is one of the family of churches that trace their heritage back to John Calvin. John Calvin published his magnum opus, The Institutes of the Christian Religion in Geneva, Switzerland in 1534. Calvin was a contemporary of Martin Luther, and shared manyContinue reading “John Calvin and the Twenty-First Century”