Tag Archives: religion

Exporting Terror

5 Aug

Disturbing yet honest interview with an ISIS defector.


What We Believe In

19 Feb

If you want to see what a society really believes in, look at what the biggest buildings on the horizon are dedicated to.
Joseph Campbell


10 Feb

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes


6 Aug

Museums are churches that don't tell you how to feel.


7 Apr

Maybe you don’t go to hell for the things you do. Maybe you go to hell for the things you don’t do.
Chuck Palahniuk


22 Feb

Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
Mark Twain

Heaven On Earth

4 Dec

Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves — or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.
Ayn Rand


4 Jul

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Saddam’s blood Qur’an

22 Dec

Forget the trumped up WMD reports, if they wanted to rally the nation around invading Iraq all they needed to do was tell everyone about this.

Over the course of two painstaking years in the late 1990s, Saddam Hussein had sat regularly with a nurse and an Islamic calligrapher; the former drawing 27 litres of his blood and the latter using it as a macabre ink to transcribe a Qur’an.

[via Kottke]


Keep your identity small

3 Dec

Paul Graham provides an elegant analysis of why religious and political discussions are so polarizing.

What’s different about religion is that people don’t feel they need to have any particular expertise to have opinions about it. All they need is strongly held beliefs, and anyone can have those. No thread about Javascript will grow as fast as one about religion, because people feel they have to be over some threshold of expertise to post comments about that. But on religion everyone’s an expert.

Then it struck me: this is the problem with politics too. Politics, like religion, is a topic where there’s no threshold of expertise for expressing an opinion. All you need is strong convictions.

[via clusterflock]