Over time, multiple administrations, Democrat and Republican, presumptively liberal and conservative respectively, have brought our society into a generally unhappy place. Polls show that most Americans feel our current state is not good and that we’re headed in the wrong direction. Most also sense that we’re where we are because of things we did or didn’t do, not because of external forces. Continue reading “Liberal and Conservative – Stuck in the Same Swamp?”
Gun control is an emotional issue. I don’t really understand why that should be so, yet many educated people are, so to speak, up in arms to control guns and see the roadblock to sensible measures as the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. Continue reading “Guns be Gone?”
“The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.”
Richard Dawkins, scientist, popular science author and evangelical atheist.
The evidence of history and our experience is that the operation of the laws of the natural world generate a randomness that strike our lives with with everything from terrible misfortune to wild serendipity to dulling sameness. Would a good and loving god make such a world? The surprising answer I find is YES, and here is why.
As far as I can tell, none of the aspirants to be Commander in Chief have shown much evidence of it, either in public statements or, for those who have or had it, in the exercise of authority. I don’t know how to run a war, but I do know a little about the history of war – how and why winners won and losers lost. There are lessons from the past we should be able to apply to the present. Continue reading “Anyone Know How to Fight a War?”
Our culture seems to be slipping into running on feelings at the expense of thought. As a consequence, as we get upset at more and more things, we are ever less capable of dealing effectively with the very things that upset us. Continue reading “Black and Blue”
Climate change has been a constant in Earth’s history for some four billion years. It is a hot topic today mainly because people abuse language. Whether it is called “Climate Change,” “Climate Disruption,” “Global Warming,” or something else, it is really about Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) – the theory that man’s impact on the global environment through industrialization and burning fossil fuels is leading to dangerous, perhaps even catastrophic warming of the planet. Continue reading “Climate Change is Real – Why Be Skeptical?”