Recent posts tagged religion


2022


How To Make Sense Of The Universe

We might as well have narratives that make sense of the universe in constructive and nurturing ways.

In The Right Spirit

More notes on writing SF&F, as a Buddhist- and Zen-influenced author.

2019


Russell's Folly

Ken Russell's "The Devils": not quite bad enough to be funny. But still awful.

2017


No Laughing Matter

On the devolution of Zen into a bad joke.

Shall We Put A Label On That? Dept.

Given my interest in Zen, am I writing "Buddhist fiction"? I'm dubious.

2016


The Big(ger) Picture Dept.

On why the problem is not belief or the absence of same.

Be Ye Not As Jerks Dept.

Belief or nonbelief isn't absolutely correlated with good behavior; it's all in how you use it.

2015


From The Top Down Dept.

"I did it, why can't you?" dissected.

I'm (Sort Of) A Believer Dept.

Me and my, uh, belief system, whatever you wanna call it.

Holy Fools Dept.

I'll tell me what to really think.

Diss Belief Dept.

Respect ≠ tolerance, and why that's not a bad thing.

No Mind Doesn't Mean Mindless Dept.

Zen's "no-mind" means humility, not cultivated ignorance.

2014


No Little Pink Glasses For You And Me Dept.

"...to be happy to be alive in the full knowledge of all misery, our own included."

A Better Man Than This Dept.

Belief's a label you earn, not self-apply.

You Suffer But Why? Dept.

Because, that's why.

2013


Great Minds Think Differently Dept.

Why am I, the atheist, reading a book of religious philosophy? Homework, but some other things too.

Down Among The Dead Men Dept.

On how the world ended a long time ago. (And how that fits into my new book.)

The Heart Of The Matter Dept.

On love being the highest law.

Two Worlds And In Between Dept.

On using SF as an examination of the clashes of spiritual opposites.


See other religion posts for 2013