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Three Shades Of Spirito-Babble

Whenever someone says, “Things can be true in special ways”, hang onto your wallet and look for the exit. This locution is a pointer to someone trying to believe an obvious lie. For some people, having a “spiritual life” is completely indefinable, but nevertheless gives them permission to launch polemics against all sorts of things, […]

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 10:22 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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A Pilgrimage To Hendon

Almost every age has harboured an immense reverence for “spiritual” personalities, books and paraphernalia of the distant past, none more than our own; and few indeed are the modern voices suggesting that it was just as easy to be a religious grifter in the Egypt of the Pharaohs as in modern California. Perhaps even easier, […]

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 10:54 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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True For Me, Untrue For You

Whatever happened to nineteenth-century anticlericalism and atheism? In the era that the uninformed imagine to have been supremely religious, there was no shortage of voices proclaiming that the whole thing was a lot of damned nonsense. Religion was the opium of the people, it was a conspiracy of the ruling classes to befuddle the workers […]

Posted on July 18, 2011 at 18:50 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Jesus Dynasty

The main business of the book The Da Vinci Code and its original inspiration, The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail was to claim that Jesus of Nazareth sired children, and that his lineage continues today. This suggestion was so shocking to believers that the subsequent brouhaha concentrated on the alleged evidence; as far as […]

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 09:23 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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First Steps in Mystagoguery

A platonic friend, whom I had thought was very wise until I started thinking about this incident, once told me that I was like an island without an anchorage, or one with a No Trespassing notice, I don’t remember just how she put it. The point was that another person could sail round and round […]

Posted on February 9, 2016 at 10:36 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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