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November 2015

Putin, the Russian Church, & Tolstoy

So now the Russian Orthodox Church has come out openly in alliance with and support for Vladimir Putin and the Russian government in its crusade against ISIS. It is an alliance that has shown itself throughout much of Russian history, and one that was repeatedly condemned by one of the greatest of Russian writers – […]

Ashraf Fayadh & the Thought Police of Saudi Arabia

Ashraf Fayadh, the renowned Palestinian poet and artist, has been sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabian court on charges of apostasy (renunciation of Islam), spreading atheism, and threatening the morals of Saudi society. What were these charges based on?  A book of poems he published in 2008 in Lebanon. Fayadh is known in international […]

Dinosaurs, Neanderthals & You and I

Neanderthals were that group of our ancestors who roamed the Earth tens of thousands of years ago.  Later on, they evolved into Cro-Magnon men and women, early modern humans. In the process of evolution, they both must have rubbed elbows with each other for quite some time. What was that like? We should know.  We […]

So Incredible, So Astonishing

Sitting at home tonight, I watch the latest news on television.  Disaster after disaster. Planes bombed.  Lebanon bombed.  France bombed.  Atrocities after atrocities. And in the Mideast, whole swaths of former countries now sheared of all boundaries, and devilish hordes of people moving across the wasteland, trying to build fantastical empires in the debris and […]

Marriage, Love, Relationships: The Buddha Next Door/ Speaker Series

So many men and women long for that perfect match – the perfect partner and love of their dreams.  They go to great lengths to find that person; and even when they believe they have found Mr. Right or Ms. Wonderful, often their perfect world later comes unraveled, leading to deep and unexpected suffering. Marriage […]

The Universe Is Waiting

Faith, determination, action – all of these qualities are required to bring out our personal dreams. “The Universe Is Waiting” – a reading from “A New Myth for America”. _____________ James Hilgendorf is a speaker, filmmaker, and the author of ten non-fiction books, including “A New Myth for the World”. His other titles include “The […]

The New Religion: Beyond Dogma or Materialism: A Third Way

The debate continues to rage between science and religion, between the outdated dogma of our mainline religions and the godless materialism of atheism and secular humanism. On the one hand are faith-based claims for the existence of God and the validity of ancient books and prophets; on the other, the powers of reason and the […]

Poems of Accomplishment

What is true accomplishment? We can attain great social status.  We can be a movie star, out in front of all others.  We can be the president of this, the president of that.  We can graduate from a great university.  We can be on a championship sports team.  We can make a lot of money.  […]

Where Is The Eye? Evolution Encoded.

Science, religion, and the continuing debate over evolution. What is evolution anyway? Are we humans something special?  Where are we headed? Who are we? —– A reading from “A New Myth for the World”. _____________ James Hilgendorf is a speaker, filmmaker, and the author of ten non-fiction books, including “A New Myth for the World”. […]