(I used this photo last year, but I liked it so much I thought I’d cheat and use it again.) The media has been reporting a huge problem this week. Towns and villages all over the country struggled to determine whether kids should “trick or treat” on today (Sunday, the Christian Sabbath) or move it […]
When Jesus is asked the simple question, “But who is my neighbor?” he responds with a parable instead of a straight answer. (He was known for doing this regularly.) In the Gospel of Luke (10:35-37) he tells the story of a man who is waylaid by thieves who beat him and steal his money. They […]
There are two distinct reactions to the word benign, although the w0rds stem from the same meaning. In the fields of radiology and oncology the word benign is a welcome word, meaning that laboratory tests on biopsied tissue has determined that the cells discovered in the human body are free from cancer. The biopsy snipped […]
I’m sitting at my computer listening to the Diane Rhems show on NPR. It is one of my daily pleasures. Today (Wednesday) it features an in-depth interview with Gary Wills, prominent historian, author, and lay theologian. At the early stage of the interview Mr. Wills indicated that he is a product of that famous culture, […]
HUMANISM: A secular ideology which espouses reason, ethics, and justice, whilst specifically rejecting supernatural and religious dogma as a basis of morality and decision-making.
The definition above, of course, is specifically related to what is called secular humanism. It is a philosophical concept which puts a great deal of emphasis on the rejection of spiritual concepts, organized religion in particular. Humanism, which is much broader than this brand, encompasses a wide variety of expressions including Christian humanism, a distinctly […]
There’s a big flap being reported in the national news today which originates in Rhode Island, of all places. For the past week or more the state has been preparing for a presidential visit. The stated purpose of it is the endorsement by President Obama of David Cicilline, the Mayor of Providence who is the […]