My new book, A Freethinker’s Gospel, has just been published by Pisgah Press. A Freethinker’s Gospel is a collection of 53 essays drawn from my weekly “Highland Views” columns published on the Religion page (!) of the Asheville Citizen-Times. The book is enhanced by a selection of my Nature photographs, primarily from the Blue Ridge […]Read More New “Gospel” for Freethinkers!
We just made a short visit to Stone Mountain, Georgia. It’s a beautiful park and an amazing rock. Unfortunately, this huge mountain of stone has been defaced with a sandblasted carving of three famous traitors in American history: Jefferson Davis, Robert Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson. The defacement began in 1923, during the segregationist Jim Crow […]Read More The Blue, Gray and Green
You can be the most brilliant philosopher or scientist in the world, but it’s still easy to fall into childlike thinking. We default to “spiritual” or religious language because it’s the only language we’ve ever been taught to describe these feelings. This physicist had an experience of. . .well, I’ll let him tell it: “And […]Read More When Science becomes “Spirituality”
We learn as children that “one bad apple can ruin the bunch.” This is true for faith as well. It’s upsetting to see people who say they “Know God” making it their self-appointed mission to whine, pass legislation or even do violence to others. One spoiled “religious nut” can spoil the whole bowl. . .or […]Read More Bad Apples of Faith
It’s clear that prayer is helpful to millions. People feel comforted in the belief that Someone hears them and cares about them. I would not try to take prayer away from those who need it. But I’m troubled about something, so, if you pray, maybe you can explain. Every time there’s a tragedy, for instance, […]Read More Prayer vs. Guns: Who Wins?
Black and Whites on a colorful spring day.Read More Blue Ridge Mountain High
After writing to one of our “Representatives” about his support for an awful “First Amendment Defense” Act, he responded with these words, “Thank you for contacting my office regarding traditional marriage. I appreciate having the benefit of your thoughts. In 2015, the Supreme Court issued their decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, a court case in which […]Read More When a Representative doesn’t Represent