I’m completely against the banning of books. Free thought and free speech are “secular sacreds” for me. However. . .If ANY books are banned, or we are greatly discouraged from reading them, maybe the Bible should be at the top of the list. (I’ve also been thinking of this after watching President Trumpery “swear” on […]Read More Should the Bible Be Banned?
“I loved a few books much; but I loved Nature, in all those material examples and subtle expressions, with a love passing all the books of the world.” ~John Burroughs, Notes on Walt Whitman (1867) I purchased a new shredder a few weeks ago. Seeing the pages chewed down into fine little bits is a good […]Read More Recycling Scriptures
A few years ago, I read the book, Beyond Religion, by the Dalai Lama. This wisdom seems even more appropriate–and necessary–for our times. “What we need today is an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and can be equally acceptable to those with faith and those without: a secular ethics. This statement […]Read More Where Belief and Unbelief Meet
The Old Religions say. . . “Give us money (plus power & authority) and we’ll tell you how Bad you are” (Sin based) The New Religions say. . . “Give us money (plus power & authority) and we’ll tell you how Good you are” (Self based) Post-Religion Secular Naturalism says. . . “Give money where it […]Read More The History of Religion (thumbnail)
“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12) We know that the person who said this was not a Christian (you know that, right?). But I’m wondering if even his “followers” missed this one. I’m serious. “The Law and the […]Read More One Verse that Defines, then Ends, All Religion
Back in my Evangelical days I was a part of a “house church” where the “pastor” saw himself as a “rabbi.” He was not seminary-trained, but we admired him because he was raised Jewish (like Jesus!) and studied a little Hebrew before becoming a bible-believing Christian. He called himself a “completed” or “messianic” Jew. He […]Read More Why Evangelicals Love Israel
Now and then I’m asked to lead a gathering–usually progressive thinkers open to some wild freethinking. Sometimes I’ll write a song to stir up some singing. Here are a few pieces I patched together related to Earth Day gatherings (and yes, I often “borrow” a familiar tune and mangle. . .or improve. . .the words). […]Read More Songs in the Key of Nature