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their spirituality and ours: fasting for the poor vs celebrating earthquakes

We probably didn’t need another indicator of the vast theological, ideological, and ethical divide between the religious left and the religious right. We already know that one side seeks positive and progressive engagement with the world, mediated through their theology of course, but nevertheless firmly committed to material improvements. The relgious left believes the answer

The Clash-of-Civilizations Scam in Brief Review

What separates the “Westerner” from the “Middle Eastern,” and more broadly the Muslim from non-Muslim is not a fissure between civilizations. Even metaphorically, the concept of a Clash of Civilizations is misleading.The separation occurs on a material field, not a metaphysical one. Christian European and Islamic culture have mixed, mutually influenced, permeated into and out of, one

Unsalvation: Christian Rock.0

What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because

Weekend Review

It’s been a busy week here at Politicalcontext.org. Editor Matt J. Stannard has two new editorials this week: a brand new piece on Saudi Arabia and the bourgeois media’s stoking fears of a revolution there, and a piece lamenting our worship of celebrities during Oscar season. Speaking of the Oscars, we’re fortunate to have award

Unsalvation: Memoirs of a Former Fundamentalist Christian

Introduction It took me a long time to become an atheist. I was raised in a fundamentalist Christian household, and religion permeated my entire life into my early 20’s. My family was often in church three times a week – Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening. By my early twenties, I led Bible studies

Political Context: Spirituality

As Founder of Shared Media Cooperative and Publisher of Political Context, it is my honor to welcome you to the Political Context: Spirituality homepage! Here we will discuss institutional and non-institutional religious perspectives on contemporary politics and culture. News of religious dissent and progressive spirituality around the world, as well as a chance to thoughtfully

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