Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer writes about the relationship between the physical universe and the pursuit of spirituality.

Losing our religion

Kyle has a permanent tattoo on the inside of his wrist that says “Salvation from the cross,” but he no longer believes in God. He wants to believe, but sees evolution and science as telling him there is no God. Miriam was raised as a Jew, but is not sure she believes in God anymore. Now she describes herself as agnostic. Yusuf was raised as a Muslim, but calls himself atheist. These are some of the voices heard on the series Losing Our Religion that aired on NPR last week.

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HBO’s Game of Thrones and the changing perceptions of evil

In the HBO version of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, Arya is a sweet young princess of the House of Stark. But soon after the scene depicted above, her father dies at the hands of a rival house. Arya is forced to run from the queen. She cuts her hair, pretends to be a boy, and changes her name to Arry, taking up with a band of ruffians.

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What was the star of Bethlehem?

In the 1979 film Monty Python’s Life of Brian, the three wise men are depicted as going to the wrong stable. Instead of finding Jesus’ manger, they mistakenly worship a baby named Brian. Even though it was banned in many places, including entire countries such as Ireland and Norway, the Life of Brian was the fourth highest-grossing film at the time.

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