Those that have read one or two of my blog posts should have a good idea of my dim views of both religion and politics because both systems have proven to be perennial failures. Neither system offers lasting solutions to the human condition. It seems that many people are disillusioned by both religion and politics, … Continue reading Transcending Politics
I didn’t sign up for this. No one asked me if I wanted to be born. No one asked me if I wanted to be brought into this world, to experience pain, face rejection, and confront my own insecurities. To deal with biological impulses that tend to lead me to make selfish decisions. To be … Continue reading I Didn’t Sign Up for This!
I looked out at my front yard this morning and shook my head at all the dandelions that had sprung up, almost overnight it seemed. One day the lawn was grass trying to trade winter brown for spring green, the next it was a carpet of yellow dandelions. The hardy, nutrition-packed weed is the bane … Continue reading Lessons From a Dandelion
Religion and politics are historical bedfellows, and the Christian religion has been no exception. Throughout its history, Christianity (the religion) has offered example after example of power-hungry leaders forging alliances with political systems to gain even more coercive power over the masses. What they couldn’t accomplish through guilt, they attempted to accomplish through force. Here … Continue reading Your Politics is as Bad as Mine
Law is, at its most fundamental essence, a method of coercion. I used to say that law is a social contract, but that’s only partially true. An example I have used is that in the United States, we collectively agree that we will drive on the right side of the road. I, for one, am … Continue reading The Law’s Delusion
The bible is frequently referred to as God’s Word, God’s Law, or God’s Rule Book—our road map, a light to guide us, a manual for living. These descriptions are very common but gross mischaracterizations of the bible that are used to support a view of God as King/Master/Judge/ and man as subject/slave/criminal defendant. For the … Continue reading The Bible is Not God’s Rule Book
A cloud was on the mind of men, and wailing went the weather, Yea, a sick cloud upon the soul when we were boys together. Science announced nonentity and art admired decay; The world was old and ended: but you and I were gay. Round us in antic order their crippled vices came— Lust that … Continue reading The Death of Virtue
As I reflected on my last post on seeking truth and maintaining cordial relations with others despite our disagreements, I felt that something was missing. So I figured I’d do a follow up post that offers some balance. What was missing was an acknowledgment of the unfortunate reality that despite our intentions of good will, … Continue reading When Parting Ways Becomes Necessary
We disagree—you, me, everyone. Like fingerprints, every single individual’s worldview and perspective are unique. No two people on this earth will agree on everything. So we argue and fight over the issues that are most important to us. Working through issues on which we disagree can be extremely educational, but our disagreements can also create … Continue reading What is Truth?
In the new beginning, God brought heaven to earth. And the earth was devastated and ruined, and spiritual darkness covered the abyss we were in. And God said, “Let there be Light!” And there was light. And the One who brought life was a light to all mankind. And that Light remains shining in the … Continue reading In the New Beginning…