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Finding Function in “Wasteful” Human Activities

Finding Function in “Wasteful” Human Activities

In 1997, Amotz and Avishag Zahavi published a remarkable book:  The Handicap Principle: A Missing Piece of Darwin’s Puzzle.  The theme of the book, substantiated by the authors by use of dozens of case studies of animals in the wild, is twofold: In order to be effective, signals have to be reliable, and In order […]

April 3, 2006 | By | Reply More
Be Conscious of Your Unconscious to Set you Free

Be Conscious of Your Unconscious to Set you Free

A lot of people are beating up on old Sigmund Freud these days.  More than a century ago, however, Freud hit a particular ball out of the park and it’s still sailing:  he concluded that many important thought processes are unconscious.  In Philosophy in the Flesh (1999), Mark Johnson and George Lakoff listed some of the […]

April 2, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
On Asking a Very Smart God to Change His Ways

On Asking a Very Smart God to Change His Ways

Why Pray?  Perhaps my previous post sounded a bit harsh.  Why “mock” those who call upon their Creator for a bit of help in a time of need? Skeptics have obvious reasons for doubting the power of prayer, but it seems to me that Believers should have even stronger reasons to avoid bothering God with […]

March 31, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
Unnecessary Study: Praying Doesn’t Heal Heart Patients

Unnecessary Study: Praying Doesn’t Heal Heart Patients

Researchers have just spent a whole lot of money determining that prayer does not seem to work.  In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery. In fact, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher […]

March 31, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
The Seventy Million Children Left Behind War

The Seventy Million Children Left Behind War

The public grade school in my neighborhood has a science classroom, but no science teacher.  I’m not a teacher or a scientist, but I’ve been asked to help teach science there.   You see, there’s no money in the budget to hire a science teacher.  Therefore, all 350 of the children at that school are being […]

March 30, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
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