The Electoral College Has Failed Us Again


It’s time to dump the Electoral College (November 2016) For the second time in recent history, the Electoral College has thwarted the will of the American voter. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016, as did Al Gore in 2000. That is twice in 16 years that the Electoral College has failed us. The […]

Why We Are Not Ready For Mars


Why We Are Not Ready for Mars There is a lot of buzz about going to Mars, but in truth we are very far from sending humans. We need a dose of reality before we get too carried away with this fantasy. Our success rate for sending robotic probes to Mars is about 50%. A […]

The Republican Party is Everything Wrong with America


THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS EVERYTHING WRONG WITH AMERICA There was a time when Republicans were decent people, drawn from the mainstream, who loved their country and believed in the American Dream for all people. Those days are now long gone. The Republican Party has become the party of obstruction, the party of bitter and unremitting […]

Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion


Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion I was admitted to the hospital recently. As part of the admittance process I was asked to state a religious preference. I surprised myself by saying, “None.” For the first sixty-one years of my life I participated in public acts of worship at least fifty times each year. I […]

Faith Demystified – The Root of Religious Discord


Faith Demystified – The Root of Religious Discord Religious discord comes from bumping into belief systems that do not match our own, however illusory our own systems of belief may be. When I was a pastor, there was a young woman who had been baptized and raised Presbyterian. She was marrying a Baptist and joining […]

Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die?


Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die? The deepest mystery of faith is what happens when we die. Some would say that we go dark like a candle that is extinguished. Others would suggest that there is a part of us that continues. There is a whiff of smoke as the candle is extinguished, […]

Faith Demystified – Richard Dawkins and Atheism


Faith Demystified – Richard Dawkins and Atheism Richard Dawkins is a world class evolutionary biologist. Lately he has been seen as one of atheism’s greatest proponents. In his 2006 book The God Delusion he contends that there is no god and that religious faith is a delusion. In the same year he founded the Richard […]

Faith Demystified – Our Place in the Universe


Demystifying Faith – Our Place in the Universe We are born of the cosmos, and this is not some religious illusion. The iron in our blood and the calcium in our teeth were created in ancient stars that exploded as supernovae, spreading their chemical wealth across the galaxy. We are stardust, and to stardust we […]

Faith Demystified – How Prayer Works


Demystifying Faith – How Prayer Works “I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I used […]

Faith Demystified – What Prayer is Not


FAITH DEMYSTIFIED What Prayer is Not Prayer is a very powerful tool, but few Christians understand much about it. Churches have not wanted to be honest about prayer. Rather, churches have spent their energy polishing the prayer illusion, often for financial gain. Most churches would no more give up the illusion of prayer than a […]