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Where Santa moonlights 364 days each year

December 27, 2006 | By | Reply More
Where Santa moonlights 364 days each year

The following is a drawing from a Christmas card I co-authored 16 years ago with a buddy, Mike Harty (Mike is the artist; I threw ideas and food at him).  In case you can’t make out the words on the image below, here is a larger image to download.   The set-up, from the front cover of the card, […]

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Real pulpits for real atheists

December 27, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
Real pulpits for real atheists

I recommend that we give this atheist (Ebonmuse, at Daylight Atheism) a chance to give sermons church pulpits across the country.  Just be sure not to tell the congregations that he’s an atheist.  Instead, let them soak up his words.  He’ll have them weeping with inspiration.  He’ll rev them up to go out and actually do […]

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India wakes up to Gandhi’s ethics

December 26, 2006 | By | 8 Replies More
India wakes up to Gandhi’s ethics

“Name a person, living or dead, from the country India.” If asked in the western world, the most common answer would be obvious: “Ghandi”.  It is another matter that his name is “Gandhi”, and not “Ghandi”, to which he is commonly referred in the west, but nevertheless, this individual seems to have wielded such influence […]

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Post Biblical Morality

December 20, 2006 | By | 59 Replies More
Post Biblical Morality

There are simple reasons to reject Biblical authority. Very simple. One above all others–the Bible assigns people to roles from which, by virtue of divine mandate, they cannot abandon. It accords thinking beings no grant to be other than what the Bible says they should be. Now, a lot of people treat this in one […]

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Ingroup v outgroup – a primer

December 12, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Ingroup v outgroup – a primer

In my quest to better understand basic principles of group behavior, I reviewed Intergroup Relations, by Maryland B. Brewer and Norman Miller (1996) [this work appears to be out of print].  The stated focus this book is to better understand “the causes and consequences of the distinctions between ingroups (those groups to which an individual belongs) […]

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Religion-Lite as a gateway religion to fundamentalism

December 12, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Religion-Lite as a gateway religion to fundamentalism

I just can’t help periodically visiting the site of Focus on the Family, at least once in a while.  They address many good topics over there—I often disagree with their conclusions, though not always (I almost always disagree with their attempted intrusions into government).  They offer some solid good advice on parenting, marriage and career, some […]

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Republican Senator from Oregon: Iraq War “May Be Criminal”

December 8, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Republican Senator from Oregon: Iraq War “May Be Criminal”

The following words were delivered last night by Sen. Gordon Smith (a Republican from Oregon), a 10-year veteran of the Senate: I, for one, am at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the […]

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How to acquiesce in a national catastrophe: a case study featuring the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

December 8, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
How to acquiesce in a national catastrophe: a case study featuring the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Take a look at the front page of today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  You can see the photo of an Iraqi man grieving over the body of his three-year-old daughter outside of the Baghdad hospital.  According to the paper, “the girl was killed and three other family members injured when they were caught in crossfire as […]

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All work and no play makes Jack a mean-spirited boy

December 3, 2006 | By | Reply More
All work and no play makes Jack a mean-spirited boy

Americans work a lot.  According to this chart, we work 400 hours more per year than workers in many European countries.  In fact, we work the equivalent of 10 workweeks per year more.  What would you say if your boss walked into your office and asked you whether you would like to have an additional […]

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