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The Wake of the Week - Everyday Stories

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Do Good or Do Right?

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I hate “Do-gooders”. There we go. I’m setting my camp out early with that statement. More to the point, I hate “Evil-doers”. But I find it very hard to distinguish between the two as without one the other would not exist and before long and the closer you inspect you will find a point where the two merge.

Tell me you have not been in the following situation good reader; you have been invited to a social occasion, whether it be a party or a alcoholic gathering of sorts, or any given group activity/gathering for that matter and you are struck dumb by the arrogance and downright unashamed patronising gloat-fest spouting from the mouth of a herd member, going on and on about which charity they support, what “fun” activities they have taken part in to raise funds and or awareness and what “connection” they felt to the current chosen concern.… Continues …

New Column: "A Kingdom United?"

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We're very pleased to announce the launch of a new column entitled "A Kingdom United?" which will provide "a deeper look into the events and actions within the U.K." The column can be visited at the URL below, or via the menu at the top of the site.

http://talkingskull.com/column/kingdom-united

The columnist is our very own MrShaw — please join us in congratulating him! We're all looking forward to his insight and perspective on the latest news from Britain. Stay tuned!

We're actively seeking additional columnists, so if you're intrigued with the idea of providing your thoughts (roughly once a week) on a topic you're interested in or knowledgeable about, just drop us a line and we'll work something out.… Continues …

"Spiritual But Not Religious" - A Big Cop Out?

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"I'm spiritual, but not religious."

It's a phrase heard all the time these days. It refers to feeling connected with some higher power, but resisting organized religion. This has led to an acronym (SBNR) and a Facebook page. SBNR has been alternatively described as "Burger King spirituality" (have it your way) and "going on a spiritual walkabout". According to a recent Newsweek poll, 30% of Americans now refer to themselves as "spiritual but not religious". In England, only half of the citizens call themselves Christian.

So why is organized religion proving so unpopular these days? Certainly, daily news stories about the Catholic abuse scandal have added to an already growing disillusionment with the church in general. There is also a perception that religion espouses hatred, which is wholly unacceptable for most people in the age of tolerance for diversity. As Lady Gaga tells the Times Online:… Continues …

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