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Theodore Parker: Early Religious and Social Reformer.

Although relatively unknown today, Theodore Parker, who lived in the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War, was an American whose life exerted a tremendous influence upon his own times, and whose thought and actions still reverberate at the very heart of modern day issues. In one speech, Parker used the phrase, “A democracy […]

Whose Side Are You On, God?

In the Middle East, religious camps are locked in mortal combat. Judaism, Islam, and Christianity – all with a common root and ancestry in this trouble-torn region – are slugging it out to the death, breeding each day more violent strains within their ecclesiastical bodies. Each are flag bearers for their tribal God.  Each claims […]

An Absence of God

OUR MIND’S CHAOS I walk along the quiet streets, Alarm bells clanging Off in the distance, Way off, Red dust from bombed-out Hovels shimmering in the Incandescent light, Floating in from Iraq, Iran, North Africa, Syria, Swaths of civilization Wiped clean, leaving only An absence of God, A hole in the heart of Everything. The […]

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Church, God, The Infinitude of the Private Man, & The Buddha

In his famous address delivered to the senior class at Divinity College, Cambridge, on July 15th, 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson attacked the teachings of the Church of his day in such a confrontational way that it would be years before he would once again be invited back to talk. “As it appears to us,” he […]

Dinosaurs

The dinosaurs that once roamed and terrorized the Earth – did somebody plan them? Did God, sitting and pondering on his throne, envision them in his lordly plan? There were no thoughts of peace and brotherhood coursing through tyrannosaurus rex’s brain, only the ferocious gnashing of jaws and teeth, and insatiable hunger – a penchant […]

Traveling to a New America – Haight-Ashbury, the Inward Journey

Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco.  Site of the 1960’s hippie counter-culture movement, which spread out across America, deeply influencing an entire generation.  High ideals, drugs, and music were the order of the day. For many of the younger generation, the 60’s were a fracturing of relationships with the status quo, and a descent into an unstructured inner […]

A Hole in the Heart of Everything

Incandescent light, Floating in from Iraq, Iran, North Africa, Syria, Swaths of civilization Wiped clean, leaving only An absence of God, A hole in the heart of Everything. The cancer spreads. Stars and moons waver Unsteadily in the heavens, Our minds’ chaos Setting the orbs of suns In disarray. It all emanates from our Smoky […]

Which Team Are You On?

Watching a football game this Sunday, I was reminded of the various religious leagues we have playing around the world today. Christians, Muslims, Jews – and among these divisions, other leagues and teams: Protestants, Catholics, Evangelists, Sunnis, Shiites, Orthodox, etc. Each with a deep sense of team.  Each waving a flag hoisted high bearing 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 […]

Dinosaurs – God’s Handiwork?

The dinosaurs that once roamed and terrorized the Earth – did somebody plan them? Did God, sitting and pondering on his throne, envision them in his lordly plan? There were no thoughts of peace and brotherhood coursing through tyrannosaurus rex’s brain, only the ferocious gnashing of jaws and teeth, and insatiable hunger – a penchant […]