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The Nature of Religion

Hello Mr. Marshall!

I have been a reader of your blog for quite a while now, and I decided it's time to try to connect with you. I am very impressed by the quality of your blog posts and I enjoy reading them daily. And I am aware that you don't have much time for reading emails lately (which is good, people reach out to you and they should reach out. It is great that you offer yourself like this!), so I'll try to keep my first email brief.

I am starting to grow an interest in existentialism, religious and spiritual philosophy. Since I'm just starting this field I would like to start off with the right material, so I was wondering if you could recommend me some books or other material on these subjects?

Of course I completely understand if you don't have time for it, or if this email flies right into the trash folder - some things are not meant to be.

In any case, I wish you kind regards. S

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Is God telling you something you already know?

A group of French researchers recently conducted a study on sleep and dreams. They discovered that people who often recall their dreams tend to be bad sleepers, easily influenced by external stimuli (i.e. noises, light). But they figured out something else: the sleeping brain cannot memorize or learn new information.

The word "dream" occurs six times in the New Testament, all in the Gospel of Matthew. Five of those occur in the first two chapters. God communicates to people through dreams, thus influencing them to make very important decisions in their waking lives. For instance, he tells a man named Joseph not to divorce the young and pregnant Mary who happens to be carrying "somebody else's" baby.

Have you ever had a gut feeling that you ignored?

You know what I'm talking about. There's something you know without a doubt that you should do, but you're worried about what other people will think, or you're afraid you'll do it wrong. You second guess yourself into doing nothing, and then later you regret it.

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