New Religion for an Old Earth

As I indicated in my previous post, we are badly in need of a new religion. Religion is not inherently bad, yet the fact that any of them promote guilt and fear, work to limit medical advances, oppress women, or abuse children should offend us. We cannot tolerate such aggregate antisocial behavior, but doing good... Continue Reading →

More Religion – Bring It On!

What we need is a new religion. You may be surprised to hear me say that, since I have been known to be critical of many religious practices. I have always said, however, that religion itself is not the problem. The problem is that religions tend to be disconnected from real life. To have faith... Continue Reading →

Clear Thinking in Four Easy Steps

I ran across this graphic from a paper called Character and Leadership: Situating Servant Leadership in A Proposed Virtues Framework, co-authored by Jim Lanctot and Dr. Justin Irving. Something about it immediately tingled my "clear thinking sense" (like Spidey sense, but more cerebral), so of course I had to investigate. The paper itself, I discovered,... Continue Reading →

Harmless Church

Recently I had a dream. It started suitably nuts, as one might expect. I was driving an impossible vehicle, something like a giant geometric shape (triangle or trapezoid?), and having the usual traffic tie-ups, getting lost and so forth. I ended up driving down an offramp, through an archway and into the interior of a... Continue Reading →

What if You’re Wrong?

I have been asked, "What if you're wrong? What if God exists and you are indeed bound for hell because you don't believe? You are risking an eternity of punishment and the loss of infinite reward, simply for refusing to have faith." There are a great many flaws in that argument, but more on that... Continue Reading →

Immeasurable Heaven

I don't normally comment on anything written by young Earth creationists. I have learned from experience that there is no arguing with them; their position is rock solid and will not be moved. It has to be so, because their arguments are so weak that if they actually considered alternatives they would be easily swayed.... Continue Reading →

Organized Insanity

Religion can be a comfort in times of stress and times of loss. It can encourage believers to work together and accomplish good things. Religion has its benefits, but it is often ridiculous and harmful.   Mohammad Akhlaq was killed because of rumors that he was consuming beef. For Pete's sake, people, get a life!... Continue Reading →

Ecosystems and Glory

I was walking past the pond, listening to hundreds of frogs singing in order to score a mate, and I was struck by the magnificence of it all. We don't know everything about the world, by a long way, but we know a lot of things. We have discovered why frogs sing and how they... Continue Reading →

Thank Random

I was an evangelical Christian for over 20 years. Whenever something good happened to me during that time, I would thank God for bestowing such favor on me. When something bad happened, I would also thank God—for being with me and getting me through it. I think differently now. I have matured, and for that... Continue Reading →

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