The last few weeks have seen a lot of media attention directed toward religious organizations, their representatives, and the positions they are taking on various public issues, from climate change to marriage equality for homosexuals, from health care reform to hate crime laws, from rising poverty rates and income disparity to the decline of religion in the U.S., based on the number of U.S. citizens who claim “no religion” in answer to survey questions.
A new book exploring religious behavior has appeared, with a most interesting approach to its explanation. The book is _The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origins of Faith and Religion_ (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2009) and it is edited by Jay R. Feierman, M.D., a retired Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico.
I couldn’t tell whether the message on the marquee in front of the church I passed was a sermon title or one of those witty aphorisms intended to be the religious “thought of the day” – a version of populist Gnosticism where the insiders get it and like it, and the outsiders are amused by its pithy piety but quickly forget it–if they bother to read it.
Chicago, IL: Please Join PCG, other human service providers and advocacy organizations as we launch a state-wide effort to repair Illinois’ budget. This kick-off event will be held at the Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave, beginning at 1pm. For more information Maya Tillman at 773-697-6137. To spread the word, download the flier.
Chicago, IL: Join staff of Protestants for the Common Good as we participate in the launch of End Demand Illinois, a campaign to reform the way the state responds to sex trafficking and prostitution. The event will take place from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 151 East Wacker. Having worked with End Demand Illinois for the past year, PCG congratulates our steering committee colleagues on the official launch of this important campaign. The event is free and open to all.
How do we come to terms with a Governor's veto just last week of what seemed
like the best chance of political reform in the history of our state; a new
state budget that is shredding our social safety net in Illinois; a national
health care debate, that as characterized in this space two weeks ago, has
turned "ugly, very ugly"?