Should we someday achieve star travel, we may well find evidence of such civilizations in the form of ruined cities that were once inhabited multiple millennia in the distant past.
One of the reasons apocalyptic literature was so popular during times of political and cultural upheaval, e.g., the late first century CE, was because the oppressed people, e.g., Christians during that time, were expecting God to intervene in human history to bring about the downfall of the oppressors like the Romans and, bypassing “normal” history, […]
Every several years or so, perhaps every decade or so, a work of art captures my emotions and imagination, and sticks in my memory, even though it may be several years between viewings – assuming I ever see the original of the work at all. One such is Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party; another […]
My koan, after several decades, has led me to this conclusion: Chop wood, make fire, carry water, make tea, share tea.
I have come to believe that the entire Problem of Evil, and the reason I cannot get around it, originates in a theology that, while recognizing the existence of Evil in the world, notwithstanding teaches that the entire Universe is presided over by a God Who is possessed of (a) infinite Knowledge and (b) infinite Power.
Mad was overtaken and passed by a culture that is impossible to satirize because it has morphed into a satire of itself.
[W]e were too busy ensuring the survival of the economy to worry about the survival of the Nation. We believed the two were the same. We were wrong. We are still wrong.
It is a truism that there are some things money cannot buy. And it is equally true that there are some things money cannot measure.
Sophistication and taste do not equate to frowning, head-bowing, and chin-stroking.
In a recent “Skeptic’s Collection” column, I asserted the following regarding biasing abortion decisions in favor of the woman’s welfare, even at the expense of her fetus. I counseled caution toward the status of the fetus – which status, I repeat once more, I do not profess to know – because, while we can be […]