Author Archive: Erich Vieth

Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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What Did Jesus Look Like? What Would Jesus Do?

March 29, 2006 | By | 19 Replies More
What Did Jesus Look Like?  What Would Jesus Do?

Unfortunately, no one took His photograph.  Had they done so, Jesus wouldn’t have had a prayer recruiting most of his potential followers.  It is hard to imagine western Europeans falling in love with a dark-skinned Savior from the Middle East, especially a Jewish one. For many centuries, Western Europeans haven’t paid meaningful attention to dark-skinned […]

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What it’s Like to Go to an Evangelical Church

March 29, 2006 | By | 14 Replies More
What it’s Like to Go to an Evangelical Church

Subtitle: Fear and Darkness On June 26, 2005, I attended the 9:00 a.m. service of the first Evangelical Free Church of St. Louis County as an amateur anthropologist. The large physical church is a spacious modern structure that appears to seat about 2000 people. As I approached the parking lot I encountered the “Church police.” […]

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Is One’s Choice of Religion Really a Choice?

March 28, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Is One’s Choice of Religion Really a Choice?

Many of us don’t consciously choose some of the most important aspects of our lives.  This includes the choice of religion.  Many people claim that we don’t really choose the religion we end up following.  After all, many of us end up adopting the religion of our parents. Is there a problem with this approach?  […]

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Religion (and sex)

March 28, 2006 | By | Reply More
Religion (and sex)

I like to listen to what’s going on out on the streets.   One way to do this is to talk to a cab driver. Since I was taking an extended cab ride in Long Island yesterday, I decided to ask the driver about religion and politics.  He was a 40-year old divorced Greek man.  Here’s […]

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Civilization as we know it is coming to an end soon – the issue of Peak Oil

March 23, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
Civilization as we know it is coming to an end soon – the issue of Peak Oil

No, this isn’t one of the many religious end-of-the-world warnings based on dusty books or personal revelations. It’s much worse. It is the story of “peak oil,” based on the sort of evidence that leaves both disciplined scientists and conservative bankers tossing in their sleep. Exhibit A is the refusal of oil companies to build […]

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I Give Homage to God. I am Morally Superior.

March 23, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
I Give Homage to God.  I am Morally Superior.

People who don’t believe in God are constantly disparaged as immoral by those who do.  Many conservatives believe that most of what they perceive to be wrong with the world can be traced to secular humanism, a phrase they can barely utter without spitting.  For them, secular humanism is a nasty weed that sprouts from […]

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Hell is Unconstitutional – Boycott Heaven

March 22, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Hell is Unconstitutional – Boycott Heaven

When my friend Doug wrote that “God loves us like an abusive parent,” it sounded so very harsh, but it then reminded me of that most troublesome of concepts:  hell. I was raised Catholic, where hell was portrayed to be a very bad place to go.  Many Catholics, however, and many liberal Christians, don’t believe […]

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Modern Heroes and Modern Politicians

March 21, 2006 | By | Reply More
Modern Heroes and Modern Politicians

When did careful planning and execution become un-cool in real life? Probably about the same time it became un-cool in Hollywood.  Think how the American hero has evolved. He used to be smart, principled and disciplined.  Not anymore.  Where we used to have student-of-the-game Ted Williams, we now have Barry Bonds.  Where we used to […]

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Earth is Turning into a Giant Slum

March 21, 2006 | By | Reply More
Earth is Turning into a Giant Slum

Salon.com offers a review of Mike Davis’ distressing new book:  “Planet of Slums.” According to Davis, most of Earth’s growth “is occurring in shantytowns and tenements stretching from Karachi, Pakistan, to Lima, Peru, where people live crowded together in densities that sometime dwarf those of such notorious 19th century human anthills . . .” Planet […]

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