Also in the Belief Systems and Other B.S. series
Weird beliefs are incredibly common in religion, and also incredibly useful.
The Spring & the Pipeline
We're many generations removed from most religion's founders: does it matter?
People in all religions tell dramatic conversion stories; what does this mean?
I have a weakness for obsessive thought, and torture in the news and in popular entertainment sets off days of detailed ideation about specific torture techniques. Plus, is it crazy to think we are changing as a nation when we countenance torture in our name?