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Losing their religion: the priests who turned from God

The ever thoughtful Douglas Murray at Unherd.   “Nobody in the West can be wholly non-Christian,” he says, in a central passage. “You may call yourself non-Christian, but the dreams you dream are still Christian dreams, and you continue to be part of the history of Christianity. That’s your fate. You may consider yourself secular,…

Jazz funeral

It was the Jazz funeral opening scene in Live and Let Die that so captivated me, a kid living a world away — the dirge, the sashay, the exuberance — a love affair that has never dimmed. Thus I’m very pleased to learn about this crowd-funded work-in-progress City of a Million Dreams (H/T OffBeat). I’d imagine…

Biblical interpretations not guided by the Bible

The latest installment of Marc’s podcast. Marc writes: In this episode of Philosophizing with Champagne, I spell out why Peterson’s appeals to the Bible are often ad hoc. My book-in-progress on Peterson will occasionally include such critical assessments, so I hope you will find the ideas at hand thought-provoking. Jordan PetersonMarc Champagnephilosophy of religionReligion &…

First synthesized LSD trip

On this date in 1943 Albert Hofmann accidentally ingested LSD. Check out this documentary entitled Hofmann’s Potion. Strong Saskatoon connection to LSD research. Albert HofmannAldous HuxleyAlfred Matthew HubbardchemistryconsciousnessdrugsLSD hallucinogenicsneurosciencephilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindPsychedelicpsychiatryqualiaReligion & SpiritualityschizophreniaTimothy Leary

Delvaux + Wagner + Williams

1957. Oil on canvas, 270 x 200 cm. Koninklij Museum voor Schone Kunsten A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (3 ed.), John Glaves-Smith and Ian Chilvers Here is a late piece by the one and only Bernard Williams from The New York Review of Books. (It’s easy to imagine the crass approach the regressive…

The Walker Percy Option

H/T Brian Smith. Charlie Clark in Fare Forward. One of Percy’s most lost characters speaks more truly than he knows: “I like your banal little cathedral in the Vieux Carré. It is set down squarely in the midst of the greatest single concentration of drunks, drugheads, whores, pimps, queers, sodomists in the hemisphere. But isn’t that where…