Welcome to what I affectionately call My Other Blog. My main bloc is here.

I have two passions in life, other than writing of course. One of those passions is religion, Christian theology with a special focus on Christian heresy – I am a bit of a heretic myself in more ways than one. I also am a theologian and am anthropologist. That is what my degrees are in. I have combined those two academic interests on my main site.

What I do here is indulge my other passion – an intense interest in politics in the broadest sense of the word. I look at current events, major and minor, and offer commentary and analysis colored by my academic training and my heretical beliefs. The focus on my main site is very tightly focused on the development of Christian orthodoxy in its battles with the heretics in the early centuries of the history of Christianity. My focus here is much more eclectic and diverse, running the gamut from the relationship of religion and science to Presidential elections to racism in sports to things I find just plain funny.

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Happy reading and I look forward to your comments.

Paradigm Shift Part 2

The second part of this discussion of paradigm change focuses on Rachel Dolezal, a woman in Spokane, Washington, who was thought to be black but it turns out she is white instead. The reason this is game changing in terms of how we talk about race is that the definition of being considered an African-American (the term used originally is much more obnoxious and I won’t use it here) is based on what we consider pure science, u one of my own biological genetic dissent. For example, a person whose great great great great great great great grandmother was African-American is considered an African American even if they look like I purely white person. The old-fashioned term for this is “passing.”

The moral and ethical implications of this so-called science is that having African-American belied in any quantity no matter how my new is so painting that it becomes the dominant factor in your racial classification. Nowadays this is not necessarily a completely horrible situation, although it can be used in a very negative way. There are advantages to being considered African Americans as opposed to Caucasian. The point that I’m trying to make here is that this pseudoscience is a bunch of bull crap. It is not science. It is pure American culture. For a much more detailed explanation of the anthropological theory behind my statements above, I recommend you read American Kinship by David M. Schneider.

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Paradigm Shift

I know I promised to talk about my choice for Pres. in 2016, but there have been some really interesting political developments not related to the Presidential race that need to be discussed. I went do one today, and one next time. Both are related and both are related to what I am going to talk about on my Christian Heresiology site.

The US supreme Court voted five-to-four to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. That is terrific! A related development is the announcement by former Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner(Now known as Caitlyn Jenner) that he is no longer considering himself a man, but rather a woman. Both the decisions force us to rethink how we define gender and sexuality. Obviously, it is time for a paradigm shift.
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Update On Confronting The Past

I am going to take a break from the Confronting the Past series of posts here. A large part of why I am taking a break is that reflecting on my past has opened a lot of, for the lack of a better word, wounds from the past that I thought had long healed. I never intended this series to cause heart or offend anyone and I’m afraid I may have.

Instead of talking about my past, I am going to go back to dealing with a topic that is very dear to my heart-politics (Michael just loves politics LOL) it seems to me to be a good time to return to my ranting about politics (LOL). After all, next year is a Presidential election year and I always without fail endorse a candidate here. So far, the candidate that appeals the most to me is not officially running… Yet. I am not going to reveal my choice for that Democratic candidate yet. I will save that for next time. I will give you a clue, though: it is a woman. I think it’s time we had a female president. I am not sure Hillary Clinton is that woman.

By the way, this is experiment number three with Dragon Speaking Naturally. I am really starting to get the hang of this and am enjoying it immensely. Let me know what you think.


What a day! I finally have my birthday present working! Michael bought me Dragon Speaking Naturally. Dragon is a speech-to-text software that allows me to dictate my own post and other neat stuff on the computer. I’m just starting to learn to use it. It probably will take me a while to learn all of the neat features and how to use them especially since I really can’t read the menus.

I am really excited about being able to do this. This post will be rather short and a bit clumsy. For that, I apologize. I promise to get better at this as time goes on. It just such a thrill to be able to do this again. Hallelujah!


Christian Capitalism, American Style

     Christian capitalism… Talk about an oxymoron. If you read the accounts in The Gospels and The Acts of the Apostles of the economics of the early Christian communities in Jerusalem and Samaria, you’ll see that they did not practice nor condone capitalism. Capitalism is the accumulation of wealth by private individuals. There are a number of quotations attributed to Jesus where he basically admonishes the wealthy to sell everything they own and give the money to the poor in order to gain entry into the Kingdom of Heaven. That sounds like Communism in it’s purest form to me.

      In 1905, Max Weber published and The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism in which he outlines how the accumulation of wealth by private individuals became, for Christians, and especially Protestants, a sign of God’s favor. Talk about heresy!

      There currently is a revival of Christian fundamentalism in this country and it is associated with the accumulation of wealth. The latest statistics show that one percent of the American population, many of them probably “God-fearing” Christians, own 37% of all the wealth in this country. How these people reconcile their capitalism with their Christianity is totally beyond me. Didn’t Jesus say, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven?”

The Means of Production: Introduction

I’m going to take a break from my reminiscing about my personal past. Instead, I’m going to return to a subject near and dear to my heart: politics. Contrary to what the common usage of that word is, for me politics is much more than the official business of the legitimate governing institutions of this world. I use politics more in the Aristotlean sense; that is, everything and anything that has to do with human interaction. Politics is about how we humans relate to each other, both formally and informally(for a detailed discussion of what I am talking about here, I suggest you read Pierre Bourdieu’s Outline of a Theory of Practice).

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a long time will find what I’m about to say a bit repetitious. Sorry about that, but I need to make we are all on the same page. When it comes to politics as I define it, I am a Marxist, but not a vulgar Marxist. What I mean by that is that I do agree that whoever controls the means of production, controls that particular society.

The mans of production is not just the purely economic means, such as factories, corporations, etc… Rather, the menas of productions includes the means of symbolic production, that is who controls the things like education, theater, music, religion: all those things that shape how we think and how we see the world. (My thanks to Marshall Sahlins’ Culture and Practical Reason for this concept). One of the major producers of symbolic products in Western culture is the media. The media, in it’s attempts to be profitable, sells advertising for products that we really don’t have a need for, at first. However, the advertising creates a false need in consumers. The most glaring and most troubling example, for me, is the advertising done by pharmaceutical companies, a subject I have discussed many times here. Feel free to search this blog for more specific details about my feelings about the drug companies. Suffice it to say, their advertising creates a false sense of need and we wonder why we have so many people in this country addicted to prescription medications. The sad thing is that too often the side effects are worse than the disease being treated. Personally, I’d be more than happy to live with a bad case of acne rather than the more serious side effects that some of the prescription medications for acne bring. In this series of posts, I am going to touch on a number of issues about control of the means of production that trouble me in Western society, especially here in the U.S. The first one, which we will cover next time, is the total misrepresentation in American politics(the institutional kind) and the media about what Socialism is, and who is or isn’t a Socialist. Let me tell you upfront; I am a Socialist, and Barack Obama is so far from being a Socialist, it’s not even funny. I only wish he was one.

Confronting the Past Part Twelve

What I want to talk about today is directly related to some of the stuff I’ve been talking about on my Christian Heresiology blog, especially the Digging Deeper articles(See right sidebar on homepage). It is my contention that we humans collectively shape our reality; that there is no reality outside of our collective consciousness. On an individual level, depending on the strength of our psyche, we can shape, to some extent, our own realities. If you have ever done any motivational training, or sale training, you have been exposed to a mundane form of this theory of mine. Not that this theory is original to me other than perhaps in the breadth that I use it.

Many religions, including Christianity, have mystic forms. In almost every form of mysticism, there is some variation of this idea of there being no reality beyond what we humans create for ourselves. One of the most ancient forms is in Hinduism that sees the world of reality as illusion. Buddhism also believes this to be true and that enlightenment for a Buddhist is to escape from this reality of illusion to a state of true reality. In some ways, this is what Christ was talking about in his kerygma. In my journey through my looking glass of religion, I have come to the conclusion that this escape to enlightenment, or whatever you want to call it, is what Christians call the Resurrection. Death is not the end of existence, neither spiritual or physical. It is only a doorway into a new level of perception(thanks to Aldous Huxley for that one).

In my trip through the looking glass I have explored, to some level or another, most of the major forms of what we term religion. That includes, of course, the five major religions as well as various forms of “paganism” and “witchcraft.” Looking back at all those religious experiences these past few years is what led to where I am now. I do not deny the existence of God; I do deny the existence of the Fundamentalist Judao/Christian/Islamic concept of God. That concept has led to the oppression of both ethnic and sexual minorities, all kinds of stupid wars and other rediculous acts of violence and a general oppression of intellectual freedom. Religious fundamentalists, of which at one time I was one, feel they have the monopoly on truth, which is hysterical, since truth changes over time. Contrary to what these people argue, there is no absolute truth, and there never has been. This belief in absolute truth and it’s corollary of a monopoly on truth is what Karl Marx was talking about when he said that religion is the opiate of the masses.


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