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Kim Davis: State vs. Conscience

A woman in Kentucky, a government employee, refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple, citing her religious belief as the reason. This has caused quite a storm, with people lamenting the sorry state of America, which some say is turning into a theocracy. The connection between state power and religion is long … Continue reading

Astronaut claims peaceful aliens want to stop war

Do you believe in aliens? Of course you do, because “alien” just means different. But it has come to mean beings from outer space who have visited earth for various reasons, ranging from stopping nuclear war, as astronaut Edgar Mitchell says, to abducting people from their beds and poking painfully into their bodies. Supposedly those … Continue reading

Attack, Slaughter and Enslave: Gimme That Old Time Religion?

To understand the cultural forces propelling ISIS, analysts turn to the 18th century and the rise of Wahhabism. Unfortunately for Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, who wanted to reform Islam without violence, his movement was taken up for political reasons by Muhammad Ibn Saud, who, like any self-respecting desert chieftain, sought to take over as much of … Continue reading

Jesus, Jihad and Jewish Genocides

“Read the Quran’” they told me. So I did and found it repetitious and contradictory. “Ah” they said, “That is because you have to read it in Arabic and have it interpreted by experts.” Experts? WHICH experts? As a student of ancient literature, I find these conditions very fishy-a classic setup for establishing men, fallible … Continue reading

Human Spirituality Lives On

They had been following the trail of the wounded bull for three hours, jogging through the grass clumps and sparse brush, eyes fixed intensely on the ground, kneeling, pointing, jogging. Why was the bull climbing up the hillside? It did not matter, they must have food. Through the rocks now, a track here and there-they … Continue reading

Cathedrals, Gargoyles and Minarets-what church buildings tell us

Humans have always had sacred spaces; a certain mountain, cave or spring that is deemed special. Perhaps the oldest found so far is the Python Cave in Africa, used 60,000 years ago. I think you can understand why a cave guarded by a giant stone python would be considered special. But moving up to the … Continue reading

Caves: the Womb of Mother Earth

Do you like caves? They are kind of numinous, magical places, silent except perhaps for dripping water, dark, leading we know not where. Our ancient ancestors felt the same, except that they had a pervasive idea that the earth was their mother (it kind of is, if you think about it) so to enter a … Continue reading

Skin Color, Religion and Sexual Orientation-Oh My!

My daughter Mica is a manager at a local nationwide retailer. They have told her she is an excellent worker. Tomorrow they may tell her something very different. Another young woman quit today and left the store in tears. Mica followed her out to the parking lot. This young woman has been harassed by other … Continue reading

When Communism Works Well

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Sounds fair. I mean, what’s wrong with that? You may recognize that it is Karl Marx’s slogan, and therefore it must be bad, but think: Karl Marx probably said “The baby needs a clean diaper,” at some point in his life and that … Continue reading

Science, History, the Bible and the Quest for Certainty

Let’s face it, humans crave certainty, and who can blame them? For 200,000 years, humans lived as hunter-gatherers, who were, and still are, very conservative when it comes to change.(1)  Hey, if it has worked forever to keep us alive, why mess with it? When one worldview was challenged, as must have happened when the … Continue reading