Peace from the Divine Blessings hang in the thick air With a static crack Over the TV The radio signals peace From the all-mighty Pouring through my flesh Waves penetrate every cell Attenuated Peace from the Divine Preachers-preaching […]Read more "Benediction"
Belief Beyond Knowing Does God exist? Does the universe, and do we human beings as a part of it, have a purpose beyond the fulfillment of our immediate desires? Is the entire construct we call reality just an accident, a random sequence of events that are completely unnecessary, un-called for, and as meaningful as the […]Read more "Faith Seeking Understanding"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.11.19 God is not a King, or a Banker, the Betrayal of the Church It is heartbreaking to see the teaching of Jesus betrayed so completely by the writers of the Gospels. The authors of Matthew, writing a hundred years or so after the death […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 25:14 – 30 ©"
An experience is good which heightens the appreciation of beauty, augments the moral will, enhances the discernment of truth, enlarges the capacity to love and serve one’s fellows, exalts the spiritual ideals, and unifies the supreme human motives of time with the eternal plans of the indwelling spirit, all of which lead to an increased […]Read more "God, Atheism and the Problem of Evil – Collected Parts"
Having dealt with the notion that there is a “necessary” equivalence between the experience of pain and the experience of evil, and having dispensed with it, we are left with the understanding that evil exists in only one sphere of our lives, in the dimension of morality. Morality is a cognitive dimension, requiring free […]Read more "God, Atheism and the Problem of Evil – Part V"
The accounts of personal and cultural pain that have been transmitted by individual people throughout history, whether the pain they experienced was physical, emotional or spiritual, have produced experiences that been invaluable tools for interpersonal and intercultural dialogue. We understand that the experience of grief and sorrow may be an essential component in the […]Read more "God, Atheism and the Problem of Evil – Part IV"
Let us consider the concerns of the atheist regarding the reality of pain and the nature of evil: The atheist will argue that a god, or divine agent, one who allows people to suffer pain, even caused by natural events, could not be considered to be good. This argument is predicated on the […]Read more "God, Atheism and the Problem of Evil – Part III"