Pope Francis visited Cuba. Raul was impressed and joked that he considered returning to his Catholic roots. Yet, even as the meetings in Cuba were meant to become inspirational, Cuban dissidents were blocked from visiting the Pope, and leaders were arrested and detained. Politics and religion meet again, and they do not kiss. They fight. … More The Pope and the Castros
Here is the fifth reading from my upcoming book Burning Religion due out in mid-October. In this reading, which precedes one of my wildest tales in the book, I connect the dots between corporate power, fart humor and the butterfly effect. You can order the book on the Amazon page.
As I peruse some of the text of Burning Religion, I am reminded of how much I love the work of Fr. Pontifex. He is one serious hip hop priest. In Burning Religion, I contrast the arguments over defining “religion” using two videos: Jefferson Bethke’s Why I hate religion but love Jesus, and Fr. Pontifex’s Why … More Bethke vs. Pontifex revisited
This book project, which is the beginning of a series of theoretical works, is now in the pre-sale, fundraising stage. 24 hours ago, the Kickstarter project went live. Already over 25 books (both hard copy and ebook) have been sold and the minimum for this funding project is 43% completed. I had a publisher interested … More Burning Religion is live!
“IF COMMENTATORS ON THE contemporary situation of religion agree about anything, it is that the supernatural has departed from the modern world.” – A Rumor of Angels, Peter Berger, 1968 Peter Berger is the eminent sociologist of religion in our world today. He is the President Emeritus of Religion, Sociology and Theology at BU. In 1968, … More What if We are Wrong About the Impending Demise of Religion?