Mormonism is a cult. All religions are.

Recently, several people have criticized Robert Jeffress, a Texas pastor,  for calling Mormonism, the religion of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a “cult.”   Jeffress added, “Those of us that are evangelicals have every right to prefer and select a competent Christian over a competent non-Christian.”  You might be surprised if I said that I agree with Jeffress, at least on one point: Mormonism is a cult.  But then again, that’s only because all religions are. Continue reading

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Author Margret Atwood on Science and Religion

Margaret Atwood

As both a scientist and a writer, one of my favorite authors to read is Margaret Atwood.  She writes lucid prose that simple yet elegant, and she has a knack for creating fictional worlds that you can just see.  Her best-known works speculate about the future of humans and society, and almost all of them are dark and haunting with only the thinnest silver lining.   Continue reading