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What Would Jesus Do about Global Warming?

What Would Jesus Do about Global Warming?

The current edition of Time Magazine (April 3) warns us that global warming is not just a vague fear, but a reality.  The 14-page article contains disturbing photography of displaced animals and receding glaciers.  The cover warns us to be “Very Worried.” Even though I’ve often seen publishers use hyperbole to sell magazines, I am […]

March 30, 2006 | By | Reply More
What Did Jesus Look Like?  What Would Jesus Do?

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 […]

March 29, 2006 | By | 19 Replies More
What it’s Like to Go to an Evangelical Church

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.” […]

March 29, 2006 | By | 14 Replies More
Is One’s Choice of Religion Really a Choice?

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?  […]

March 28, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Religion (and sex)

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 […]

March 28, 2006 | By | Reply More
Science vs. religion

Science vs. religion

I’ve often wondered why there is such a strong split between people who believe in science and people who believe in religion.  Certainly, there are many people who believe in both, or neither, but I think the vast majority of people believe in one or the other.  Then, I finally realized one possible source of […]

March 24, 2006 | By | 15 Replies More
Civilization as we know it is coming to an end soon – the issue of Peak Oil

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 […]

March 23, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
Understanding a billion

Understanding a billion

A dollar bill is approximately 0.0035″ thick.  So, a stack of one billion dollar bills would be 55.24 miles high. A stack of 224 billion dollar bills (the approximate cost so far of invading Iraq) would be 12,373.76 miles high.  That’s halfway around the earth’s equator (the earth’s circumference is 24,900 miles).   A stack of nine […]

March 23, 2006 | By | Reply More
Wasn’t the Iraq insurgency foreseeable?

Wasn’t the Iraq insurgency foreseeable?

One thing I still don’t understand about Iraq is why nobody in the Bush Administration apparently anticipated this long-running insurgency.  Wasn’t it reasonably foreseeable that some of Iraq’s tens of thousands of Republican Guard troops, and hundreds of thousands of regulars, could simply hide their weapons and melt back into the population so they could live […]

March 23, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More