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Freud’s Illusion: New Approaches to Intractable Issues

October 14th, 2011 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: A new article in the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.

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Original Sin

April 4th, 2011 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: From a soteriological standpoint, the main problem with the Christian doctrine of original sin is that it is not powerful enough to account for the profound alienation people experience as a result of the human condition.  The Genesis tale of the fall of man comprises a series of events, which, in retrospect, don’t seem [...]

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Reply to Stéphane Dreyfus

March 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: On September 20, 2009 I posted a note Thich Nhat Hanh at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.   Stéphane Dreyfus, whom I mentioned in the note, was kind enough to post a reply.  This note is in response to Dreyfus’ defense of his practice of “Western Buddhism” – an endeavor I believe is deeply flawed [...]


Group Attunement Using Electronic Percussion

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: The concept of the “drum circle” long has been used in certain primitive tribes and other ad hoc gatherings as a means of facilitating social interaction and calibrating group attunement to a single pulse.  Drumming is rhythmic and percussive.  It is loud.  When people drum together they synchronize their timing.  Time no longer [...]

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Participating in a Different Kind of Religious Experience

July 16th, 2009 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: Assignment … Each student shall engage in an ethnic or cultural experience where the student will be in the minority or be exposed to items unfamiliar to his/her every day life. … After attending, write up a summary as to what you expected before you went; what surprised you; what did not; did [...]

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Codex Gigas v. Primary Motor Cortex

July 8th, 2009 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: The Codex Gigas is a medieval manuscript containing a version of the Bible and various other then-current tracts. It is most notable for its large depiction of the devil: The primary motor cortex is a region of the brain that is controls muscles and executes movements when given a brain command to do [...]

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March 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: The Bible has various allusions to water. In the Old Testament it is the primordial sea out of which God created the earth. It is what Noah overcame during the great flood. Jonah survived it after he was belched out of the whale. In the New Testament Jesus is a fisher of men. He [...]


Surfeit of Religious Media Ensues from Orthodoxy’s Revival in Russia

December 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: Sophia Kishkovsky wrote an interesting article in today’s New York Times, “With Orthodoxy’s Revival in Russia, Religious Media Also Rise.” She states: “After 70 years of state-imposed atheism and 20 years that have run the gamut from glasnost to post-Soviet chaos to a revival of Russian pride, Russians have increasingly embraced their Orthodox [...]


What’s the Big Deal with the Lateran Basilica?

November 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: On November 9, 2008 the Catholic Church celebrated the dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. The Lateran Basilica is the Pope’s cathedral – surprisingly, not St. Peters. It is odd to have a special mass celebrating the Lateran Basilica. As the service progressed, it became clear the Basilica was an analogy about Christ [...]

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The Vatican’s New Concept of Sin

March 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: The Los Angeles Times recently carried an article by Tracy Wilkinson, “Thou shalt honor thy Mother Earth” (Mar. 14, 2008). Ms. Wilkinson describes a new pronouncement from the Vatican. Evidently, the Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary has created a new class of sin. It comprises a class of activities, such as destroying the environment; gene [...]

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