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Friday, February 22, 2013

"Is religion special?" comes to NPR

My friend and mentor John Witte and I did a bit yesterday, on "Talk of the Nation", about religious exemptions -- their history, rationale(s), importance, and frequency.  If you are interested, check it out.  If there was a consistent theme in the callers' questions, it was "is religion special?" (Cf., e.g., Micah Schwartzman, "What if religion isn't special?")  In response, John and I both suggested that the answer is (still) "yes." 

Posted by Rick Garnett on February 22, 2013 at 08:08 AM in Rick Garnett | Permalink


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I take a shower every morning religiously. I believe it leaves me cleaner, fresher, better smelling and more awake. Is showering a religious ritual?

This is not frivolous. Most folks, especially those from a Protestant background, think that religion always and mostly involves belief. This is not so: it was not so for the Romans and isn't for Budhists and many others.

Is humanism a religion? Is atheism a religion? Is libertarianism a religion? The modern answer is yes!

The lack of paid Wiccan and humanist chaplains in the military, hospitals and prisons is a disgrace.

Posted by: Jimbino | Feb 23, 2013 9:09:26 AM

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