Faith Demystified – Astrology as Religion


FAITH DEMYSTIFIED Astrology as Religion Astrology is a system of beliefs that is not normally considered a religion. But in truth astrology really is a religion, and if not that it makes no sense at all. In ancient times astrology and astronomy were one. Both involved scanning the heavens to look for signs and portents. […]

Faith Demystified – Sacred Texts


FAITH DEMYSTIFIED Sacred Texts All religions are human artifacts developed to explain the questions of faith. This is true of all sacred texts. Stories were told around ancient camp fires. After a hard day’s work the community would gather to eat, relax, socialize, and make plans for the morning. There were all sorts of stories […]

Faith Demystified – Prologue


FAITH DEMYSTIFIED Prologue The quest for faith is one of the strongest of all human urges. The oldest archeological sites contain evidence of religious awareness. The Neanderthals buried their dead, suggesting that they were aware of their own mortality. The quest for faith includes of the following categories and more: What happens when we die? […]

The Anthropocene Mass Extinction


THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION EVENT The Earth has had five previous mass extinctions events, and we are now in number six. The current crisis is called the Anthropocene Extinction, meaning that it is caused by human activity. Much has been published recently about global climate change. But there is a much bigger picture to see […]

Life in the Universe: Part 2. The Evolution of Complex Life


The Evolution of Complex Life Microorganisms, or single celled life forms, are hypothesized to be ubiquitous throughout the galaxy. Our own solar system has perhaps six planets and moons which may harbor living organisms. Life leaps into existence even in the most hostile environments and under the most difficult situations. But complex life is a […]

Life in the Universe. Part 1: The Solar System


Life in the Universe Part 1: The Solar System It is a virtual certainty that we will discover extraterrestrial life within the next 20 years. There are many places in our solar system that would seem to make good cradles for life. Some of the best prospects include Mars, Europa, and Enceladus. Mars has been […]

We still need to go metric


Our US system of measurements makes no sense, even to Americans. We cannot even call it English measurements because our system is different than the pre-metric English system. For example, how many US tablespoons (tbsp.) are there in a US cup? The answer is 16, but no one knows that; I had to look it […]

A Watershed Moment That Goes Far Beyond LGBT Issues


June 26, 2015 is a date that will go down in history. On this date the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage across the whole country. This is a great victory for the LGBT community. But even more, it is a watershed moment in the campaign for religious liberty. This decision represents […]

Confessions of a Former Church Goer


I have become disillusioned with the Church. The right-wing churches preach ignorance, bigotry, hatred, and fanaticism. Each right-wing sect seems to have its own version of religious supremacy, claiming that God belongs to them alone. The progressive churches seem not to oppose the religious bigotry of the right-wing churches. Perhaps they are too worried about […]

Celebrity Status and Human Worth


America has a very weird way of lifting up the most absurd celebrities.  Justin Bieber was just busted for street racing while drunk and on drugs.  Bieber is also facing felony vandalism charges for an earlier episode where he vandalized a neighbor’s house. Dennis Rodman just got back from North Korea where he practically gave […]