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Science and Religion

A Religious Outlook: Necessity for Life’s Navigation

There is so much controversy whirling today among religious or non-religious outlooks on life: Questions of God or no God; Fundamentalism or Atheism. Overall, religion is a worldview, a way of shaping and perceiving reality.  In this sense, everyone is religious.  Atheism is a religion as much as Catholicism.  Each structures the way we perceive […]

The Religion of the Future

The religion of the future must be a religion for all humankind. A religion of no distinctions, men or women, black or white or brown, heterosexual or homosexual, young or old, of whatever ethnicity, background, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, the entire gamut of human beings. A religion that support the individual and his […]

The Real Size of the Universe & Of Our Own Individual Lives.

Carl Sagan, astronomer, astrophysicist, and co-author of the award-winning television series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage”, once wrote in another of his books, “Pale Blue Dot”, the following passage: “How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, ‘This is better than we thought!  The universe is much bigger than our […]

Our Face in the Mirror

On a clear night, looking up into the night sky, we see the Milky Way, the galaxy of which our own solar system is but a small part. A hazy band of light, estimated to contain between 100 to 400 billion stars, and at least that many planets. The observable universe is estimated to contain […]

Praise Yourself Forever

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – A quote attributed to Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. A reading from “Maybe We Need A New Religion”. ____________________________________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books, including “Maybe We Need A New Religion”. […]

The Multiverse & The Human Heart

The Multiverse is the term being thrown around these days by physicists and astrophysicists and philosophers and what have you – an answer to where the universe we live in has originated – a gigantic hub or spawner of universes like our own, infinite in number, which we cannot observe even with powerful telescopes because […]

Something That Never Changes/Life & Death In America

Life and Death are the great mysteries. Why do trees lose their leaves?  Why does the day wane?  Why do we move inexorably from birth to death? Even the great suns, the stars vast in breadth of light-years, cannot escape their own demise. Where does it come from, and why? Some would not even question.  […]

Taking Part in the Evolution of the Universe

How do we relate to the environment? The issue of climate change brings competing issues into clear focus. On the one hand, there are those who deny that humanity’s actions have any relation to the rapidly changing weather patterns we are witnessing worldwide.  On the other hand, there are those who find an integral link […]

Maybe We Need A New Religion

Recently we’re seeing a rising tide of religious violence, directed against mosques, churches, synagogues – all leaving a trail of personal devastation and death in its wake. What’s going on? In a recent television interview with leaders from all three of these faiths, who have all been directly affected by murderous attacks against their denominations, […]

Thomas Paine & The Age of Reason

This memorial to Thomas Paine stands in the town of New Rochelle, New York, where Paine lived from 1802 to 1806. Many people are aware of Paine’s contributions, especially his authorship of the inspiring pamphlets, “Common Sense” and “American Crisis”, which led to his being called the “Father of the American Revolution.” Not so many […]