A Modern Psalm… (I am Legend)

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A modern Psalm revealed in one of my favorites scenes:   The quietness of God, the problem of evil and suffering. It's a timeless theme. We believe in a benevolent, all-knowing, all-powerful God, yet life often throws us harsh, cold, and cruel circumstances. Enter the free will response - God allows evil to allow free will. For good could not be good and love could not be love, if forced. But on the quietness of God, the supposed needless suffering of so many - the "greater good" … [Read more...]

A Christian. An Atheist. Two Friends. On God and Government (Round 6)

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Adam, Thanks for your reply. I truly enjoyed our NY debate! Thank you again for your hospitality. As I mentioned in my recap, I was so enthused by the turnout and the spirit of the discussion (not just ours, but from the audience as well). I would love to keep our live debate series going as I see them more as forums – philosophical think-tanks with a group of friends who are interested in tackling the big questions. On morality, I agree we could certainly go on forever on this … [Read more...]

Book Review: Problems of Philosophy (Bertrand Russell)

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A philosophical giant. Russell's whit is undeniable. With a unique ability to tackle complex and timeless issues in philosophy and present them in such a palatable way - it is easy to see why he's become a monster in the subject. A review of Berkeley's idealism (there is no matter only mind) and Descartes' doubt (how do we know what we perceive as reality is not just our being deceived by an evil demon?) is presented early and prompts question into metaphysics and the reliability of the … [Read more...]

Father Daughter Moment…

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Have you seen this bit? I love it.   It's another one that went viral some time ago, but I definitely had to add it to the collection. I have two beautiful daughters so I appreciate the mix of sweetness and swagger. Natasha is almost 5 and Elise now 1, so we have plenty of time to rehearse. … [Read more...]

Debate Recap

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It was a sight to see. Catholics, Christians, deists, agnostics, and atheists - all sharing a Saturday afternoon together at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central  Nassua in Garden City, NY - wrestling with big questions in a spirit of civility. It was a rare gem. I was greeted by my friend Adam Lee and had the pleasure of spending some time with him, his wife, parents, and in-laws. They were so warm and welcoming - I felt like I had known them for years. I then met our … [Read more...]

My Upcoming “Debate” in NY this Weekend…

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I hesitate to call it a "debate". For the obvious reason, the word typically implies two people disrespectfully talking right past each other on stage, only to retreat to their respective "sides" to get cookies from their supporters. I prefer "forum" as to imply an exchange of ideas. This Saturday, May 24th, Adam Lee and I will meet again live at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau in Garden City, New York at 2pm. This will be our second in-person forum, our first at … [Read more...]


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