Recent Articles

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
I Give Homage to God.  I am Morally Superior.

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 […]

March 23, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Hell is Unconstitutional – Boycott Heaven

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 […]

March 22, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Modern Heroes and Modern Politicians

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 […]

March 21, 2006 | By | Reply More