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Pelegianism and authoritarian personalities

Preamble: Why I’m not too enthusiastic about Christian theology  (skip to main entry, Pelegianism) Reading over material for this update, I came to feel that Pelegianism is a great example of why I’m not overly enthused about the history of Christian … Continue reading


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Talcott Parsons (1902-1979) – “To be insulted by these fascists, it’s so degrading…”

Talcott Parsons (1902-1979) was an American sociologist who emphasized the functional role of social stratification, as well as a positive relationship between education and politics. His work clearly rejects communism and fascist totalitarianism. In fact, he was impressed by Max … Continue reading


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A Pagan Place?

Embed from Getty Images The perception of Paganism has changed over the years. Pagans remain a religious minority in most places, and we find different opinions about Paganism as a spiritual path. In advanced countries it is rare and probably … Continue reading


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Panentheism – The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Panentheism is a religious studies term coined in 1828 by the German philosopher Karl Christian Friedrich Krause (1781–1832). Today, it belongs within the umbrella term, pantheism. However, Krause’s concept is more specific. Panentheism refers to the belief in an eternal … Continue reading


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Ramanuja – Hindu sage likened to St. Thomas Aquinas

Ramanuja (1017-1137 CE) was a leading Hindu philosopher born in the Brahmin caste. Legend has it that he learned the Vedas when he was a baby, only eight days old.¹ Ramanuja was influential to the Bhakti movement, which favors devotion over … Continue reading


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Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Creative genius on the edge

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) was a French speaking political writer and educator born in Geneva, Switzerland. After taking various odd jobs this self-taught intellectual moved to Paris in 1741, meeting up with Denis Diderot and the Encyclopedists. A kind of … Continue reading