Never having been one to shy away from overstating the obvious, I can authoritatively state that I’m pretty critical of religion. For the last two and one half years, this blog has been primarily dedicated to dismantling the lies and the walls of religion, and encouraging people to seek God outside the guilt, coercion, dogma, … Continue reading Good Enough for Me
My last few posts were a tongue-in-cheek look at the dogmatic, formulaic views of salvation by a few of the more popular Christian denominations. I imagine that most folks who hold any of those particular views would be irate at the lampooning of their views, but would chuckle at the depictions of the others. I … Continue reading There Is No Formula!
What John (the gospel writer) called the logos went far beyond the word “word” as we casually understand it today. John’s understanding of logos was probably influenced by Aristotle who used logos to refer to a logical, apprehensible truth. In Jesus, John got a glimpse of God’s intent distilled into being and made alive before human eyes. “The Word was made flesh and lived among us, and we beheld his glory.”
As we try to navigate a confusing world, some approaches to life seem to be more useful than others. One approach is to adopt a cultural narrative as a starting point and then interpret life events through your cultural lens. A better approach is to use evidence to determine the correctness of the cultural narrative. … Continue reading An Evidence-Based Approach
Ever since the cycle of violence began to spiral out of control, the majority of humans have rejected a theistic solution to human violence and have endeavored to create a system that simply did not permit conflict. Rather than seeking to reconcile with our Creator, we spend all our energy building artificial structures to regulate other people’s behavior according to our preferences. In the process of creating these structures, we have produced negative psychological and physiological effects on individuals that in turn, reduce our society’s ability to actually progress. By emphasizing following procedures over problem solving and good judgment, we’ve essentially shut down the part of our brain that performs these functions. The result is that our brains’ right hemispheres have atrophied. It’s time we stopped looking for systemic solutions to our problems and began reconnecting the two halves of our brain.
Extreme and reactionary. Not a good mix. There is a time and place for both individually, but typically not for both together. For instance, there may be a time when things are so bad that a radical course correction is needed—something relatively extreme. There may also be a time to be reactionary—to make a hasty … Continue reading Extreme and Reactionary
So we’re entering another election season, and, true to the playbook, we’re facing the usual onslaught of opportunists who are falling all over themselves to see who can promise to give away the most free stuff. We’re only $22 trillion in debt, so no big deal. This season, free college education is on the list … Continue reading The Value of Free Education