April 19, 2021

By Jim Haught One of my in-laws, a lovely young mother in Australia, has two adorable, bright-eyed, intelligent sons. But the second one, age three, developed unstoppable brain cancer that has kept the family in agony for a year. Now he’s just weeks from death, and everyone is grieving. This rouses questions about life’s horrible cruelty that hits a few innocent victims, leaving others untouched. Cerebral palsy maims about three babies out of every thousand born in America. Down syndrome… Read more

April 16, 2021

Rae and Jane Locke seek out an ally who lives between the Pacific Republic and the sea. Read more

April 14, 2021

How do we do justice to the symbolic importance of these stories without glossing over the disturbing text? Read more

April 12, 2021

By Jim Haught Evolution is astounding! The mind boggles to realize that natural selection – driven by weak hydrogen bonds that let the long DNA molecule unzip and replicate itself – could produce the planet’s incredible array of millions of living species, including humans. It’s almost unbelievable. How could such amazing diversity come from a self-replicating molecule? How can an assemblage of amino acids and cells write symphonies or put manned space stations into orbit? However, honest, intelligent people must… Read more

April 9, 2021

The holidays of light and myths of dying and rising saviors hearken back to ancient agrarian rhythms. Read more

April 7, 2021

We’ve reached a momentous milestone: For the first time ever, more than half of Americans have no religious affiliation. Read more

April 5, 2021

By James A. Haught Among sleazy occupations, is anything worse than big-money evangelists with their private jets, garish diamonds, piled-up hairdos and $5,000 suits? A new book, to be released April 27, is PreachersNSneakers: Authenticity in an Age of For-Profit Faith and (Wannabe) Celebrities. It exposes TV pastors “who get rich off of preaching about Jesus.” It’s written by Ben Kirby of Texas, a born-again Christian who watched gospel television and noticed that many leaders flaunted outlandishly expensive clothes and… Read more

April 2, 2021

The right to destroy, versus the duty to preserve. Read more

March 31, 2021

Evangelical Christianity has been transmuted into an Ayn Rand gospel which denies that we have any moral obligations to each other. Read more

March 29, 2021

By James A. Haught Human civilization has staggered and lunged through many phases and sub-phases, some overlapping: Stone Age Bronze Age Iron Age Hunter-gatherers Early agriculture Kings and empires City-states Widespread slavery Early science in Ancient Greece Dark Ages The Age of Faith Renaissance Seafaring and exploration Enlightenment Democracy Colonialism Perpetual warfare Aviation Age Industrial Revolution Electronic Age Population explosion Scientific Age De-colonialism Space travel Human rights Computer Age and Internet Black equality Female equality Gay equality Decline of warfare… Read more

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