God and Evil

I’ve been wrestling with the problem of God and evil for a while. It’s not a typo. The problem, to me, goes beyond good and evil and forces us to confront the problem of God and evil. Christians claim that their religion is the only true authentic religion—the only religion that includes divine incarnation, bodily … Continue reading God and Evil

The Perfect System, Part 2

In 1858, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. wrote a clever poem: “The Deacon’s Masterpiece, or, the Wonderful One-Hoss Shay: a Logical Story.” You can read about the poem’s background here, if you’re so inclined. It’s a humorous and enjoyable poem. I recommend reading it now, because I’m about to spoil the ending for you. While the poem … Continue reading The Perfect System, Part 2

The Perfect System, Part 1

From the earliest days of recorded history, people have concluded that humans can engineer an exquisitely designed social structure that will shape society in  a manner that allows them to triumph over the human condition. Yet rather than acknowledging that human nature has remained fundamentally unaltered throughout its history, each succeeding generation has endeavored to re-create its own more perfect version of the Tower of Babel using various religious and political systems. Each has failed or is in the process of failing.

Isaac, the Well Digger

Isaac lived in an arid climate.  Water was life.  If he couldn’t find water, his flocks would die, and his family would starve.

Isaac might have resorted to violence to defend his wells.  He might have started a generational feud.  Or he might have at least launched a campaign of harassment against the locals to discourage them from trying to take his well.  And perhaps, from a legal standpoint (or even a fairness standpoint), he would have had every right to do so.

Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven

Jesus’ message is often rejected—not just by non-Christians, many of whom aren’t actually familiar with His true message, but by many Christians—the self-proclaimed religious elite of our day.  Jesus brought a message of freedom, forgiveness, kindness, reconciliation, and hope.  It sounds good, and if we all followed His simple principles of loving God to the … Continue reading Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven