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 gaveContinue reading “Celebrity Status and Human Worth”

The Litmus Test for Public Office


The litmus test for public office should include one simple concept, namely the belief in evolution.  We live in an age where the denial of scientific fact is rampant.  We live in an age when Republicans do not seem to believe in science at all.  They do not believe in evolution, global warming, stem cellContinue reading “The Litmus Test for Public Office”

Eco-Touring in Costa Rica


Eco-Touring Costa Rica Costa Rica is a dream vacation for any eco-tourist.  This is a great place to connect with nature.  You will see the natural world in all of its glory from the volcanoes to the rain forest canopy to the seashores.  The tropical forests are lush and teeming with wildlife. Travelling around MyContinue reading “Eco-Touring in Costa Rica”

A String Theory Vision: Chapter 2


The Spirituality of String Theory   String Theory or its close cousin M-theory, with their ten or eleven dimensions, is a universe beyond our comprehension.  Cosmologists are still struggling with its workings and what it means for our existence.  The origin of String Theory was in trying to describe what happened before the Big Bang.Continue reading “A String Theory Vision: Chapter 2”

A Well Regulated Society


The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States decrees that one role of government is to insure domestic tranquility. That stated purpose demands a well-regulated society.  For it is only in a well-regulated society that we can secure a state of domestic tranquility. Libertarian and Tea-Publicans stress absolute freedom or the ability to actContinue reading “A Well Regulated Society”

A String Theory Vision: Chapter 1


Try to envision a universe with nine spatial dimensions and one dimension of time.  Such is the emerging view of our universe according to String Theory.  Or, if you prefer the closely related M-theory, you will have to live with a universe of ten spatial dimensions and one of time. I used to lie awakeContinue reading “A String Theory Vision: Chapter 1”

Our First and Second Amendment Rights


Restraint of our First and Second Amendment Rights First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.Continue reading “Our First and Second Amendment Rights”

The Progressive Church Dilemma


Progressive churches are in a dilemma, caught between fundamentalism on the one side and secularization on the other side.  While progressives have dismissed any interpretation of the Bible that is based upon fundamentalism, it can be very hard to decipher what that post-fundamentalist message actually is. THE MESSAGE Recently I attended a United Methodist ChurchContinue reading “The Progressive Church Dilemma”

A Sea Change in the Roman Catholic Church


Pope Francis is a wonderful change for the Roman Catholic Church and represents a sea change in Church history.  He is the first Jesuit Pope.  The Jesuit Order was founded by St. Ignatius Loyola as a post-Reformation reform movement within the Roman Church, the “shock troops” of the Counter Reformation. He is the first PopeContinue reading “A Sea Change in the Roman Catholic Church”

The Catholic Church and Marital Intimacy


If the Roman Catholic Church really wanted to strengthen marriage, as it says is does, the first step would be to allow married couples to make love freely and as often as they so desire.  There should be no rules constraining that joyous intimacy and no fear of unwanted pregnancies. A celibate priesthood cannot beginContinue reading “The Catholic Church and Marital Intimacy”