In Grand Haven, Cross=BAD, Anchor=GOOD

The town of Grand Haven sits on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.  For half a century Dewey Hill, which overlooks the town, has been home to a 48-foot cross--a highly visible landmark along the banks of the Grand River.The cross was erected in 1962.  However, according to the Grand Haven Tribune, the cross has most recently only been raised on the hill for the summertime Sunday evening Worship on the Waterfront services, which are sponsored by First Reformed C … [Read more...]

Atheist’s “Modern Christmas Carol” Is an Indictment of Social Media

A Modern Christmas Carol

Bob Seidensticker, who writes at the Atheist Portal at Patheos, is a sparring partner and a friend.  Our paths don't cross on a daily basis; but when I write to counter some aspect of atheist thought, Bob is sure to pop in at my combox or on Facebook and tell me why I'm wrong.  He is always polite, and he helps to clarify why I'm actually quite right.Somehow, Bob has never appreciated the logic of a worldview that presupposes the existence of a Creator.And I, for my part, have not enough … [Read more...]

Wait, What? Carl Sagan Was NOT an Atheist?

I don't know where I got this idea, but I've always thought that Carl Sagan, the astronomer whose popular show "Cosmos" incited interest in the heavens, did not believe in Heaven.  Nor, I thought, did he believe in an Almighty God, who lives in the aforementioned Heaven.I am gratified to report that I was at least partly wrong.  Perhaps his most famous quote from "Cosmos"--after the iconic "Billions and billions of stars"--is what's come to be known as the Sagan Standard: "Extraordinary c … [Read more...]