It has been said that to be fully effective a religion must be against sex, pleasure and common sense. I mean who the heck is going to get all excited about heaven if life on earth is fun and rewarding? And so religion sets out to make our earthly life as boring and painful as possible so that salvation seems to be the answer.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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