July 2012 archive

Scouting and Paranoia

The Boy Scouts’ recent decision to maintain their exclusion of gay scouts and leaders was disappointing. Alas, it was not surprising. After a two year review, the organization decided to maintain its anti-gay policy. I know that this was particularly painful for the many Unitarian Universalists who have worked so hard to change this policy. …

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Violence in Aurora and America

Last week, on the day of the shooting in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 people, I posted a brief comment on my Facebook page. My reflection was an act of the moment intended as a personal note, not something I anticipated would be published widely. Here is what I wrote: I awoke early this morning …

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Loss of Confidence

In my last entry I talked about the rapid rise of the “nones”—people who express no religious affiliation. Another fascinating trend is the unsteady and slow decline in the confidence Americans have in organized religion. Take a look at the chart below. It shows the trend over the last 40 years. This chart is taken …

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Rise of the “Nones”

Religion in America is in the midst of a dramatic change. The change is not what most people believe. I remember hearing about the rise of fundamentalism. Actually, evangelical fundamentalism is in slow decline and has not grown in 20 years. Biblical literalism is less than half of what it was 50 years ago, down …

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