Tag Archives: superstition

Religion, addiction and obsessional neurosis

Sigmund Freud apparently described religion as a ‘universal obsessional neurosis’. As someone who’s struggled with both Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and religion all my life, I feel I’m in a good position to comment on that analysis. It’s one I both … Continue reading

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Sceptical Innocence – how to avoid gullibility without becoming a cynic

On one level, I’m still a good charismatic Christian. I believe in miracles. I believe in healings, prophecies, tongues, ‘words of knowledge’, miraculous signs. I believe in answered prayer. Or at least I believe in the reality and possibility of … Continue reading

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Superstition II: Do words have power?

‘Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself,’ Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling). One of my very good friends recently expressed concerns about his kids using the killing curse from Harry Potter, ‘Avada kedavra!’, in play. … Continue reading

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Everybody’s superstitious

I’ve been banging on about unhealthy religion, with the premise that it’s we that are more or less healthy, rather than religion per se. Incidentally, it doesn’t really matter to my argument whether religion is an evolutionary by-product or the … Continue reading

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