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Compounding For Sins They Are Inclined To

Theologians may call the more trivial concerns by the name of “adiafora”, and point out how little interest the “wine-bibber” Jesus showed in them. But this is utterly to miss the point. The serious moral stuff, in which Jesus was interested, is unsuitable for the purchase of your place in the new hierarchy, because it […]

Posted on January 30, 2010 at 11:53 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Female-Consumer Package

Whereas male power is mainly economic and political, female power is largely definitional. That religious establishments are male is irrelevant as long as their customer base is female, because the laws of the market dictate that the men must sell the kind of religion that the women want to buy: namely one in which people […]

Posted on January 31, 2010 at 12:29 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Freedom Of The Dervish

In his lively account of his unique journey to Mecca, Richard Burton describes how he took the guise of a dervish or sufi. He tells us how this disguise was assumed by all kinds of people, rich and poor, for example disgraced noblemen and lazy peasants. Burton claims that being poor was not merely the […]

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 23:41 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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A True Story

The reason why religious people are often found making a greater fuss about nudity and verbal bawdiness than about economic oppression – the precise opposite, of course, of the priorities of their founders – is that zealous concern with the rules of polite dress and speech is a class marker but charity is not. A […]

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 09:56 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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I Know That My Attorney Liveth

The Old Testament talks about godly people being rewarded by respect “in the gates”. I believe that the gates of the Hebrew town were where public business was transacted. A Greek, therefore, might say “in the agora”, a Roman, “in the Forum”, and a modern, “in court”. The Old Testament seems to be saying, therefore, […]

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 13:31 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Clergyman Bows To Me!

It may be that they are now dying out, but there used to be a sizeable social group in England who described themselves as “churchpeople”. Not, nota bene, as “Christians” or “believers”; they never used to ask if you believed in God or even if you were religious, but only whether you “went to church”. […]

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 13:10 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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How to Make Friends And Exorcise People

People often wonder why so many charismatics make such a big fuss about otherwise indiscernible “satanic influences” around them; as for example when they refuse to eat at an Indian restaurant because there is a tapestry of Ganesha on the wall. Even other Christians marvel that they have such a low opinion of the power […]

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 10:45 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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