Hint: The thing that makes people freak out about religion and politics is the same thing that made Nazi Germany possible.
Note from Jordan: This is a guest essay from Nick Collins, a good friend of mine and a PhD student in Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies. This essay is quite extraordinary and also quite dense. In hopes of rendering it easier to digest, I’ve written a brief summary of its central claim: “The Internet [...]
“I would only believe in a god who could dance.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche Religion is like Rob Ford: intense, divisive, and running for political office. But seriously, religion. One word which encompasses a galactically colorful range of ideas and meanings. The quintessentially human phenomenon has been around forever, and virtually everyone has an opinion about it. I’m not here to put [...]
A few weeks ago, my sixteen year-old cousin asked her Confirmation advisor whether people who don’t believe in Catholicism go to Heaven. “No,” he replied. “They go to Hell.” My cousin was deeply troubled. She went home and told my aunt, “I don’t know if I can believe in a God who would send friends [...]