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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

What I would give for an agreement

On The Scarlet Sheep

The debt ceiling is the talk all up and down american main street. As time has chewed its way through the safety net of the recent weeks it seems as if there is not an agreement to be struck until the whole of it falls through letting the american market fall to its knees with the rest of the world market descend alongside it. I cannot help but see the issue prejudice and personal belief has played in this crisis. When you look at the complaints of the affordable care act (mostly tea partiers or hard right conservatives) it all has to do with their definition of the bible or prejudice against people they haven't even met. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says with a bitter tone, the Obama administration is forcing Christian-owned businesses like Hobby Lobby to provide abortifacients and/or birth control, he is obviously upset it is okay to be upset that did not go how you had planned but it is also not okay to force a piece of religious propaganda down the throats of millions upon millions of people with a threat of major job losses, complete government shutdown, or financial collapse of economies if you do not get your way. I wish to say to many of our elected officials that tantrums are for toddlers, bargaining now that is for people of maturity.

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