Category Archives: Fear

BRINGING DOWN THE ANGER IN CONFLICTS OVER FAITH

People who disagree on matters of religious belief and action are finding it harder and harder not to get angrier and angrier with each other. Is this just a sign of the times? Disagreements are turning into verbal warfare and … Continue reading

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DOES FEARING GOD BUILD A STRONG FAITH?

Thoughtful interpreters of religious ideas have always understood the fear of God to mean an attitude close to respect and even awe, e.g., “the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 1:7) But many believers — and even more non-believers — see it … Continue reading

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CAN TRUE RELIGION EVER BE BASED ON FEAR?

Very young children believe that rules for living originate from an unseen order of things, and that they hover over us threateningly, with no let-up. Violators of them can expect severe punishments which bear little discernable relationship to the nature … Continue reading

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EXCOMMUNICATION AND OTHER CRIMES AGAINST THE SOUL

One thing that religions do well is to create bonds between people. They “bind” us together. Sometimes, though, the bindings become too tight. When they do, people whose thinking does not conform to the letter of their religious communities’ doctrines can … Continue reading

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PREVAILING AGAINST SADNESS

No one these days escapes powerful uprushes of fear. Economic stagnation, terror threats, high unemployment, government ineffectiveness, collapsing social values, and corruption on a global scale will do that to you. But ratcheting down our fears will not help us … Continue reading

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CAN GOD BE RIGHTEOUS WITHOUT BEING WRATHFUL?

Psychology tells us that children do what others expect of them largely from fear of what will happen if they don’t. Religion adds that if humans’ displeasure is not enough, an angry God’s just might be. As children grow up, … Continue reading

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FEAR BASED RELIGION?

Very young children believe that rules for living originate from an unseen order of things, and that they hover over us threateningly, with no let-up. Violators of them can expect severe punishments which bear little discernable relationship to the nature … Continue reading

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HOLY AND UNHOLY FEAR

Surely it is time to get beyond extolling a god who, above all else, has to be feared. But coming to terms with this kind of deity has a long history, and letting go is not easy. In ancient Persia, … Continue reading

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FAITH, THE EBOLA CRISIS, AND THE CASTING OUT OF FEAR

Her language was filthy, her face contorted in rage. Momentarily trapped in an elevator with her, my wife and I concentrated on not provoking her further. He’s infected everybody and he knew just what he was doing! , she screamed. … Continue reading

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CAN TRUE RELIGION EVER BE BASED ON FEAR?

Very young children believe that rules for living originate from an unseen order of things, and that they hover over us threateningly, with no let-up. Violators of them can expect severe punishments which bear little discernable relationship to the nature … Continue reading

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