Tag Archives: privilege

We Need A Different Way of Understanding Evil

I lead a religion book club that has been very enthusiastically reading The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics, by Princeton professor Elaine Pagels. Using what she calls “a social history of Satan,” Dr. Pagels explains how gospel authors intensified “the satan’s” relatively benign Hebrew Bible character to create the being… Read More »

When Modern-Day Messengers Cook Up Unpalatable Messages

Once upon a time in a land far away, on a day many thousands of years before today, a man received a bread recipe. The ingredients were not out of the ordinary for the man’s era, and certainly would not be strange for our society: Wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt… The… Read More »

Is Humanism a Religion? (And more thoughts on religious privilege)

I just finished reading an article titled “Is Black Humanism a Religion” on the website belonging to the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. The writer says that he is “leaning toward categorizing black humanism as more a part of intellectual history than religious history,”– a decision I understand, but with which I am not in total… Read More »