March 8, 2021

By James A. Haught As prehistoric tribes evolved into early civilizations, tribal shamans were succeeded by elaborate priesthoods claiming to represent hundreds of magical gods. Priestcraft became a complex profession and gained enormous power over societies. Temples and sacrifices dominated many cultures. Shrewd men learned that they could live in luxury, instead of toiling like the rabble, if they were seen as conveyors of the holies. “The first divine was the first rogue who met the first fool,” Voltaire wrote…. Read more

March 5, 2021

The Christian ethic versus the Buddhist ethic: individual salvation or universal enlightenment? Read more

March 3, 2021

We’ve wondered about Mars since the childhood of our species, when it was only a distant red gleam in the night sky – and for the sake of that wonder, we did this. Read more

March 1, 2021

By James A. Haught Years ago, I visited our state’s former black mental hospital and fell into conversation with a witty, friendly, black psychiatrist. He taunted me: “You’re a racist, you know.” “No, no, no,” I protested — but he continued: “Just look at yourself. You were born white, male and smart. You could go out into the world and take whatever you could get — and you never stopped to think that I couldn’t do it.” I was speechless…. Read more

February 26, 2021

The Assembly of the Pacific Republic debates whether to rescue the world. Read more

February 24, 2021

The blackouts and misery of Texas are because of free-market ideology. Read more

February 22, 2021

The marvelous rise of secular humanism in a single lifetime – greatly improving life for all – paints a much-brighter hope for humanity. Read more

February 19, 2021

Rae delivers a message urging the Pacific Republic not to give up on the Earth. Read more

February 17, 2021

Once described as the greatest Christian apologist of this century, Ravi Zacharias stands revealed as a hypocrite and remorseless sexual predator. Read more

February 15, 2021

By James A. Haught Strangely, over a century, America’s two major political parties gradually reversed identities, like the magnetic poles of Planet Earth switching direction. When the Republican Party was formed in 1856, it was fiercely liberal, opposing the expansion of slavery, calling for more spending on public education, seeking more open immigration, and the like. Compassionate Abraham Lincoln suited the new party’s progressive agenda. In that era, Democrats were conservatives, partly dominated by the slaveholding South. Those old-style Democrats… Read more

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