My Copy: 9780879755355 (image from bn.com) I'd been itching to read this 30 year old book since I first heard of James Randi, and watched some of his lectures from the past 10 years. I've always had this weird, bitter feeling when it comes to the subject of "faith healers." You might think this was … Continue reading The Faith Healers, by James Randi
Click here for Dr. Pegoda's original page and link to the article. I find it worrisome when a significant proportion of a population has a hard-on for the end of days. For one, when things get implemented on society when these folks are in power, is it to punish those they despise, try to jump-start … Continue reading Examining Christian End Times Rhetoric in the Time of COVID
My Copy: 9781935429081 (image from bn.com) We've come to the final volume of Akira, and oh, what battles have been fought for the world and Tokyo by the last page. This was worth the wait. Akira (volume 6) is all about the battles taking place in Neo-Tokyo, from the iconic Olympic stadium where the demonstration … Continue reading Akira (volume 6), by Katsuhiro Otomo
Yes, it's slow going reading through the Bible. I'm almost regretting reading through both versions of the book, but not because I'm being challenged, but rather I'm getting more frustrated. I'd tried to study the Bible before, at least half a dozen times. I didn't really have good questions to ask a pastor or anything … Continue reading #092–What is it that allows some people to dismiss modern facts in favor of the Bible without question?
Being a despondent, annoyed, and conflicted person on Sundays, it's perhaps natural that I think about what Sunday usually dredges up: thoughts about religion. I think today I'd have something in common with most of the churchgoers this particular Sunday--hoping the sermons hurry up and finish so everybody can get home and get the barbecue … Continue reading #086–Do Jews Interpret the Creation as told in Genesis Literally?
Sometimes I wonder if I'm fooling myself. Scratch that. It's in the back of my mind every day. I'm always wondering if I'm fooling myself, that I believe I'll find some talent deep within, nurture it, and make my life more complete, better. Into something resembling what I want. But each day I wake up … Continue reading Making genuine life changes vs. wasting lots of time.
Or, if you hate being preached at, how do you deal if you ARE religious? This is something that's cropped up quite a bit, and I'd be surprised if the next one actually looked like Dana Carvey's Church Lady. At least an elderly lady wouldn't creep me out so much. I've had a handful of … Continue reading #052–How do you deal with “preaching” strangers in public when you’re not religious?
Every year I say I won't make a list. I won't fall into the gimmick of making a list of New Years resolutions, because it's just another digit on the calendar turned and nothing else has really changed. And they never work longer than a few weeks. But there's a mental milestone that seems to … Continue reading Reduce, reuse, recycle my New Years Resolutions…
Out of curiosity, I took the Briggs-Myers personality test a few months ago. They were right when they said the results might be eerie...they called me a "moderator" type (at least some of my fave actors, scientists, and writers have the same type--makes me feel a bit better). I felt like yes, okay, it's just … Continue reading Learning to say “no” for your health
My Copy: 9781435108424 (image from bn.com) A Treatise on Tolerance is a conglomeration of letters and pamphlets Voltaire wrote after the brutal public execution of Jean Calas, a Protestant accused of murdering his son because he supposedly decided to become a Catholic (though later information and what was given at Calas' trial makes this reasoning … Continue reading A Treatise on Tolerance and Other Writings, by Voltaire