• A Christmas Primer for the Curious

    December 7, 2023 by

    Celebrating Jesus’ birth first began in Egypt around 200 c.e. with an emphasis on the visit of the Magi and the holy family’s time in Egypt.  Christmas on December 25 began in Rome about 336 c.e. with the expectation it would replace the traditional festive holiday honoring the sun gods. It didn’t work. The sun… Read more

  • War, Religion & Gods

    December 5, 2023 by

    I have heard the argument that religion is the cause of war, but for religion the world could find a way to live in peace.  I find that thought lacking in merit. Since the beginning of recorded history, war has been the pastime of kings and tribal chiefs fighting to defend and extend territory from… Read more

  • Democracy and the National Common Good.

    November 28, 2023 by

    I’ve written several times recently about the importance of a broadly shared sense of the common good in order for democracy to flourish.  It’s been the ongoing subject of conversation between me and friend Tom D., a retired professor of philosophy.  We’ve come to the recognition that a broadly understood sense of the common good… Read more

  • Freedom of Speech & the Christian Way

    November 24, 2023 by

    The current atmosphere surrounding questions about what the limits of free speech might be and to whom they should apply has taken center stage in the public debate. The argument rages on college campuses, in legislatures, in courts and campaigns.  It’s especially important that Christians recognize they have two moral obligations respecting speech.  On the… Read more

  • Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness & Trumpism

    November 16, 2023 by

    The Declaration of Independence declares that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights accruing to every human. How do we know they are?  It’s self evident says the Declaration.    It’s a bold assertion hinted at by Enlightenment philosophers but never before stated in such a powerfully concise way.  However, it leaves… Read more

  • Trumpism v. Biden & the Future of the U.S.A

    November 10, 2023 by

    Biden’s biggest problem, it seems to me, is that he is quietly producing everything Americans say they want but his story telling grandpa personality doesn’t instill confidence. He can’t quite convince the public that the economy  is good when they’ve been brain-washed by others that it isn’t.  A majority of the voting public wants a… Read more

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