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December 2014

Atheism, Humanism & Something Else

Atheism and scientific humanism and its proponents have made heavy headway into the beachheads of religion in recent years.  The attacks continue. Leading authors, such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, are part of the prominent group of New Atheists who are taking the battering ram to dead and dying religious dogmas, and proposing a […]

Roots and Weeds

Putin and Russians are struggling over the loss of Ukraine.  Muslims and Jews battle over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  At the heart of it all is roots. Crimea, for Russians, Putin claims, is “like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, arguing that the very roots of Russia date back to Kievan Rus, a loose federation […]

Bonds of the Heart

I was shopping late this evening at a large local supermarket.  The lines were fairly long, so I had to patiently wait my turn. As I moved up the line, I closely watched the checkout woman.  She was moving things along in a very fast, efficient manner.  She loaded the bags of one customer, then […]

Time For a New Religion

As most of us now know, what happened to Eric Garner in New York at the hands of the police was a tragedy.  What goes beyond the tragedy of the moment is the deeply shameful reaction of the grand jury’s action and the full backing of that action by the police chief of New York […]

Quantum Science, Holograms & The Universe Within Our Lives

Quantum science has shown us a universe that is very different from what our senses normally make of the world.  Electrons, quarks, bosons, strings – all painting a strange and elusive picture of the cosmos we inhabit, where the normal rules of behavior are distorted, and time and space themselves are bent into new configurations. […]

Lincoln’s Greatest Fear

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to Colonel William F. Elkins near the end of the civil war, wrote: “We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end.  It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood.  It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I […]