Can Religion be an Addiction?

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Addicted to Jesus“I’ve never been happier since I quit my 30-year addiction to Jesus.” – Blogger and Christian Heretic Sandra Kee

To a medical researcher, the word addiction has a specific biological meaning. But in common vernacular, it means approximately this: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, such as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

Based on this definition some religious experiences seem a lot like addictions—at least that’s what former believers say.

Blogger Sandra Kee, a self-described “Christian Heretic,” looks back at her family history and sees religion and addiction as a messy tangle: “My family for several generations was in a dysfunctional and addictive religious life, using God (or what we believed about God) as a drug. Many of the family who left religion simply traded for another addiction. The…

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Does Christianity Make An Idol Out of the Human Brain?

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Brain worshipDo some Christians worship belief itself?

Bible-believing Christianity requires an extraordinary degree of faith in the human mind or rather the whole chain of minds that have brought us the Bible and Christian teachings in their current forms. Evidence suggests that this faith is unwarranted.

Failure to Reach Agreement

Most of us feel pretty confident about our worldview most of the time. And yet, when it comes to the really big questions, like why we are here and what happens after we die, our best hypotheses about what is real diverge wildly. Over the course of the last 2000 years, the branches of Christianity alone have split into thousands of different denominations and non-denominations, with people in each one feeling convicted that theirs is the most right. Some even send missionaries to convert other kinds of Christians. (The Evangelical church that I grew up in taught that some other kinds…

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Twitterati Go Nuts over Suggestion that Bible is Badly Written

The Bible is written within the cultural, philosophical, religious traditional context at the time.

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twitter stormGod forbid we should talk about the fact that the Bible, despite some wise and lyrical passages, is a boring tangled mess.

After a storm of protest on Twitter and in comment threads, Salon retracted and removed my recent article, “Why the Bible is So Badly Written,” saying that it failed to meet their editorial standards. But which standards were those? Notwithstanding its provocative title and lede, the article summarized a series of well-known flaws in the Bible along with facts about how the book was constructed. It proposed (as did Thomas Jefferson) that the Good Book could use a good edit. Reviewed before publication by a retired religion professor and a professional editor, and errata corrected, the analysis was factually defensible and reasonably clear.

What the article definitely violated were the sensibilities of many Christians and orthodox Jews, and an array of literature lovers from Christianized cultures.

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