julesjones: I believe in safe, sane, and consensual Christianity. by Zeborah@DW - gankable (credo)
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...for both Western and Eastern churches, which isn't always the case. :-) A happy chocolate coma to you all. Should you feel like a little light reading, I have some suggestions.

The first one is something from Christmas, which I forgot to link to at the time -- Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell talks about his experiences with the numinous.

Going back a few posts in Cornell's blog, The Vicar FAQ might also be of some interest -- he interviewed his wife on the process she's going through of becoming an Anglican priest. It is full of the sort of neepery that appeals to fannish types.

Ask an atheist, a recent thread on the blog Making Light. It starts as a fairly light-hearted reaction (by the atheist amongst the four ML bloggers) to National Ask An Atheist Day, but turns into a thoughtful discussion between atheists, agnostic and believers of several different religions (not all of them Abrahamic).

And this is what ate my Good Friday, courtesy of a link in the Making Light thread -- the webcomic "Digger". There is not a single mention of the Abrahamic religions in it. However, there's a lot of thoughtful exploration of ethics and morality, and the author's background in anthropology shows, in a good rather than bad way. I got dropped into it via link very early in the archive, where the heroine (a wombat mining engineer by the name of Digger) has just dug her way to the surface after an encounter with some toxic gas, and finds herself in a temple with a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh. A statue that is an avatar of the god, and is still talking to her even after she's had a few lungfuls of clean air and is therefore not hallucinating. I found it interesting enough to backtrack to the beginning, and got sucked in.


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