Monthly Archives: August 2013

Messiah

Last night, I turned on the radio, and my favorite classical music station was playing Handel’s Messiah.  For the next two hours, I sat, reading a little, but mostly listening to this masterpiece. I have been a Messiah fan since childhood.  I know the words to many of the pieces, and often sing along…in the privacy of my home, of course!  My singing voice is abominable.  I would never display it in public. Those who know me might find this strange, that a confirmed nonbeliever would Read more [...]

An Abortion Fairy Tale

ONCE UPON A TIME there was a beautiful young married couple named Ken and Barbie.  They had two children named Ken Jr. and Barbarella.  Ken was a lawyer, in a very successful private practice.  Barbie was…what else…a soccer mom with her monster SUV to ferry her kids around for music lessons and soccer practice. They lived a perfect life, and their kids were progressing toward an equally perfect life.  Ken Jr. was only in the first grade, but he was already planning to join his father’s Read more [...]

A Skeptical Introduction

I would like to give you a bit of my philosophy.  I consider myself a skeptic.   My hero is Michael Shermer, founder of the Skeptics Society, editor of Skeptic magazine and columnist for Scientific American, where he writes a column labeled, of course, Skeptic. Here is a pretty good statement that describes what a skeptic is from the Skeptic Society web site: http://www.skeptic.com/about_us/discover_skepticism.html As you can see, skepticism is quite different from cynicism.  Cynics doubt Read more [...]

Alternative Theories

The recent national debate over teaching Creationism…now euphemistically called Intelligent Design…in public school science classes has gotten me thinking about other “alternative theories” that should also be presented in the nation’s classrooms. I have always had a keen interest in astronomy, and took classes in that subject when I was in college.  But there is an “alternative theory” to explain the nature and significance of the “heavens.”   It’s called astrology.  Read more [...]

A Glimpse of the Future

This was written in 2005, before the 2008 economic meltdown.  Not all of the predictions have come true, but too many have.  We as a nation have done very little to avoid the dismal scenario described here. The year is 2015, and we are driving from our home in Los Angeles to San Francisco.  The car we are driving is an advanced hybrid, designed to maximize efficiency without sacrificing the luxury and creature comforts to which we have become accustomed.  It is powered by a small 60 horsepower Read more [...]

Opposed to Abortion? Think About This.

  People who are opposed to abortion view the fetus as a human being.  They believe that human life is sacred, and that destroying it, even in its earliest forms, is a mortal sin.  Many of them believe that a human being is created at the instant of conception, so even removing that fertilized egg from the womb…whether it has attached itself to the wall of the uterus or not…is murder. However, polls have shown that the vast majority of such people are willing to grant an exception Read more [...]

A Conversation With God

My jogging companion didn’t show up yesterday.  He was suffering from muscle spasms in his back, and decided to take the day off.  So, I was on my own for the daily five mile walk.  It was a gorgeous day…sunny, light breeze, a few wispy clouds, about 70 degrees.  Just right to wear a sweatshirt and work up a little sweat. About a mile into the walk, I came to a deserted section of the trail.  My mind had been wandering aimlessly as my feet carried me along, not needing any guidance.  Read more [...]

God, Pluto and Limburger Cheese

Many Christians believe that the Bible is the literal and inerrant word of God. When asked for evidence that God exists, they point to the Bible, and the stories describing all the miracles God performed. That is a neat little piece of circular reasoning that is about as logical as the idea of a self-eating watermelon. I was lying in bed thinking about this one night and when I finally fell asleep, I had a very strange dream. It was a few days after returning from a trip to South Africa. Read more [...]