As a sociologist, I can not rely on naturalism or materialism (especially methodological naturalism).
The study of social life would be impossible from any of those positions.
Thus it is important to understand the epistemological and ontological basis of all worldviews, even if they do not lead to truth. It is enough that people believe them to be true (because sociology is not about truth, but about how people make sense of the world.
Having said that:…
Is religion a form of abuse?
Having recently spent quite a bit of time looking closely at the doctrines of a wide range of religions, I have come to the conclusion that most follow the same pattern:
1. An authority figure makes a claim that the individual is in some way flawed or dependent on a supernatural entity;
2. The authority figure make the claim that only they have special access to that supernatural entity;
3. The individual is thus convinced they are…Continue
"...if not for the women of this church, it would be poorer. So we acknowledge the role of these women who serve us with enthusiasm.” Different man in many layers
Again I let go of my skepticism about gods and let the power of the ritual of the Catholic Mass surround me.
I meet a skinny man who had been going to this church since 1961. Not this exact building, but the same precinct. The building in which we chat now has been a school chapel, a school house and…Continue