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Reads tagged with “religion”

C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws
C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws

“Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.”

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Alan Watts on the Difference Between Belief and Faith
Alan Watts on the Difference Between Belief and Faith

How to master the delicate dance of unconditional openness to the truth.

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The Theology of Rest: A Modern Sermon About Living with Presence in the Age of Productivity
The Theology of Rest: A Modern Sermon About Living with Presence in the Age of Productivity

“Rest, instead of being something passive, is actually an act of resistance.”

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Flannery O’Connor on Dogma, Belief, and the Difference Between Religion and Faith
Flannery O’Connor on Dogma, Belief, and the Difference Between Religion and Faith

“For me a dogma is only a gateway to contemplation and is an instrument of freedom and not of restriction.”

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Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society
Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society

“It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being.”

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The Book of Trees: 800 Years of Symbolic Diagrams Visualizing Human Knowledge
The Book of Trees: 800 Years of Symbolic Diagrams Visualizing Human Knowledge

How the humble tree became our most powerful visual metaphor for organizing information and distilling our understanding of the world.

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Censorship and What Freedom of Speech Really Means: Comedian Bill Hicks’s Brilliant Letter to a Priest
Censorship and What Freedom of Speech Really Means: Comedian Bill Hicks’s Brilliant Letter to a Priest

“‘Freedom of speech’ means you support the right of people to say exactly those ideas which you do not agree with.”

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Leo Tolstoy on Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World
Leo Tolstoy on Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World

“For man to be able to live he must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.”

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If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Kurt Vonnegut’s Advice to the Young on Kindness, Computers, Community, and the Power of Great Teachers
If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Kurt Vonnegut’s Advice to the Young on Kindness, Computers, Community, and the Power of Great Teachers

“Teaching, may I say, is the noblest profession of all in a democracy.”

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Jane Goodall on Science, Spirituality, and Our Highest Responsibility as Human Beings
Jane Goodall on Science, Spirituality, and Our Highest Responsibility as Human Beings

What the chimpanzees teach us about the fine line between faith and apathy.

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