Jesus vs. Santa: The Evidence Speaks
I bristled when I overheard a friend place the evidence for Jesus and Santa on a par. I felt it was patently unfair to Santa. Don’t get me wrong. I am no fan of Christmas. For all I care, the likes of Santa, Jesus, decorations, and Paul McCartney’s “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time” can …
There are places where belief in the wrong or in no deity is a capital offense, a fact that makes decent people recoil in horror and, when they can, take action.1 But in places like the United States of America, where killing someone for not accepting the right religion remains illegal,2 it would seem that …
Drawing Lines for Fun and Prophet: How Religion Makes Us Behave Better
I am told religion makes people behave better. I do not dispute it. When religion draws a line and slaps a thou shalt not sticker on it, believers mind the old Ps and Qs. This came dramatically to my attention over lunch with Brad, whom I hadn’t seen in years and whose name isn’t really Brad, as …
Confessions of a Recovering Jerk
One opponent of sexual harassment realizes that he’s been less than blameless.
How to Raise Cult-Bait
How to make absolutely sure that some high-demand cult will take over your life. If that’s really what you want.