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Q – It’s okay to be uncertain

The Catholic Monk Thomas Merton once said that the Bible is a difficult, perplexing work. It doesn’t make sense. It has contradictions. And its Old Testament often portrays God as an immature, violent ogre. But with his hallmark Christian optimism, … Continue reading


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Pythagoras – A lot more than a triangle

We’ve probably all heard of Pythagoras. In junior high the Pythagorean theorem is a mainstay of math class. For a right-angled triangle, the square of the length of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the … Continue reading


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Postmodernism – Not necessarily absurd or without wings

The term postmodernism became popular in the 1970s and 80s but has roots reaching back through the centuries. Social theorists usually try to define concepts through a key set of ideas and parameters. Postmodernism challenges conventional perceptions of “the definition” … Continue reading


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Pollution – Not always what you think

From the 1960s and 70s onward, awareness of environmental pollution has increased steadily. In 2017 the Green movement is almost like a religion for many. Personalities like Al Gore present themselves as objective reporters of scientific fact while promoting particular … Continue reading


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Peter, Paul and Women – Another look at the Early Church

Among Christians, St. Peter is often compared to St. Paul. Peter is seen as the rule man. Paul, the innovator. Together, they are usually cited as the two most important early Christians after Jesus Christ, himself. Women in Early Christianity Feminists … Continue reading


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Persona – Age old concept with a whole new twist

Roots of Persona The idea of the persona has been around for ages, with roots stemming back to ancient Greek and Estruscan civilizations. Over the centuries the use of the term has shifted, evolved and, in response to new technologies, … Continue reading


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Pelegianism and authoritarian personalities

Preamble: Why I’m not too enthusiastic about Christian theology  (skip to main entry, Pelegianism) Reading over material for this update, I came to feel that Pelegianism is a great example of why I’m not overly enthused about the history of Christian … Continue reading


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Looking through a glass darkly – The paranormal, normal and bias

The Latin prefix para means beside or beyond. Like the word supernatural, paranormal refers to any phenomenon that eludes explanation through normal science or conventional wisdom. Paranormal can be a misleading term because what is ‘normal’ is open to debate … Continue reading