Understanding Religion

Though we can't prove the existence of one (or many) god(s), we can provide evidence for the power of religion. For good or for evil, faith factors into our everyday functioning: We've evolved to believe. Religion can help us make sense of our world, provide motivation, and bind us together. Nevertheless, structured belief has its drawbacks. So keep your mind open when dealing with dogma.

Recent posts on Religion

Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous: Does It Make Sense?

By Emily T. Troscianko on February 17, 2018 in A Hunger Artist
I analyze the ABA literature to explore whether or not the translation from alcohol addiction to eating disorders results in coherent and constructive principles and practices.
used with permission from iclipart

Mother Anna Young and the House of Prayer

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on February 16, 2018 in The Human Equation
What is it like to grow up in a destructive religious cult? Two children tell it like it was.

Differences in Grief Expression

Dismissing people's "thoughts and prayers" will backfire as a persuasion tactic.

Is Watching Pornography a Form of Cheating? It Depends

By David J Ley Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Women Who Stray
Is watching porn the same as cheating? Religiosity, experience with porn, and where you live predicts your answer.

R & Deism: An Atheist's Religious Children's Story

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Ambigamy
Many people take religion so seriously that it throws their judgment off. Here's a children's story to cultivate serious spiritual play.

Cosmological Evolution and the Future of Life

Could life have a natural transcendent purpose? If so, what would the implications be for human morality and destiny?

Jordan Peterson’s Flimsy Philosophy of Life

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Hot Thought
Some people are taking Jordan Peterson to be profound about the nature of morality, reality, and life. How well do his views stand up to philosophical scrutiny?
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Three Tips on Mindfulness from a Buddhist Psychiatrist

Mark Epstein has long been interested in bridging psychology and Buddhism. His latest book offers wisdom for both mindfulness beginners and seasoned practitioners.

How to Spot Real Ghosts

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Learn why and how the very first ghosts paid us a visit.

The Problem of Self-centeredness and the Paradox of Religion

By Mark Leary Ph.D. on February 11, 2018 in Toward a Less Egoic World
Religious sages throughout history knew that self-preoccupation was a serious problem, but something went wrong.

How to Use Meaningful Coincidences

Step back to imagine how meaningful coincidences can influence your confidence in certain decisions and your understanding of how the world works.

To Heal a Wounded Heart: Pilar Jennings' Daring Experiment

By Mark Matousek on February 08, 2018 in Ethical Wisdom
When the New York psychotherapist invited her friend, a kindly Tibetan lama, to help her with an especially difficult case, the results were remarkable

Choreography for the Birds

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in The Human Beast
When Darwin was a young man, religious people took to the hills, fields, streams, and moors to pursue enthusiasms for birds, butterflies, and flowers. Here's why.
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On Religious Certainty, Violence and War

How is it that the people who hold the highest ideals of love and brotherhood fall prey to divisiveness and hatred? What is it about religion that pairs it so closely to violence?
Kelly Bulkeley

Dreaming and Waking: Which Is More of an Illusion?

Scientific, religious, and philosophical views on the strange yet compelling realism of dreams.

With Moral Do's and Don'ts, the Don'ts are Better

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 31, 2018 in Ambigamy
Constraint-based morality: In a free society you don't want to tell people how to live. Still, you've got to put a leash on dangerous behavior.

When Religion Promotes Violence

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on January 31, 2018 in The Pursuit of Peace
New data suggests religion is perceived to be the greatest source of conflict in the world today. Why does religion sometimes promote conflict, and how could it foster peace?

Death and "Divine Intervention"

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on January 29, 2018 in The Secular Life
When tragedy strikes, why do people think God plays favorites?

Called to Unbelief

Sometimes we have to un-believe in order to find faith.

The Religion of Aging

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on January 27, 2018 in iAge
Whether we find meaning of aging in religion or other means, one thing is certain, we will try and make sense of the process.

The Meaningful Patterns of Dreams: A New Study

More evidence that patterns in dream content have meaningful connections with people’s concerns, interests, and activities in waking life.

What Living Is and How It Started

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 25, 2018 in Ambigamy
Selves try. Non-selves don't. What are selves and trying really and how did they start in an otherwise aimless universe? Here's an unprecedented answer in two very short videos.

R & Deism: A Religious Fable Children's Story

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 25, 2018 in Ambigamy
Though I happen to be an atheist, I'm human and therefore prone to fantasy and delusion. Here's a healthy delusion I've crafted for those who believe in a higher power or God.

What Inflates Investment Manias?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 25, 2018 in The Human Beast
Bitcoin and other crypto currencies may belong with the dot-com boom, and much earlier manias such as the South Sea bubble and tulip mania.

The Character Gap

Most of us, at the core, are a mix of good and evil. There is a gap, a character gap, between who we are and who we should be.

A Secret Affair: Who Cheats and Why?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on January 25, 2018 in Insight Therapy
Affairs are as costly and widely condemned as they are common.

DreamRev: The Many Contributions of Jeremy Taylor

Some of the most beautiful gems of dreaming wisdom from the late Jeremy Taylor.
With permission from Inner City Books

An Interview With the Late Jungian Analyst Edward Edinger

By Pythia Peay on January 13, 2018 in America On The Couch
"America is a kind of advanced laboratory for the world...We are the one nation that on principle has turned itself into a microcosm of the world."

A Triple Coincidence Enhances His Life

Mind-blowing coincidences can open your mind to new realities.
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How Can a Modern Woman Integrate Religion Into Her Life?

How one Israeli, Orthodox woman lives a modern life.