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God Does Play Dice

Rounding a curve on a two-lane country road, a blue car coming towards me suddenly swerved over the double lines.  I could see a young guy slouched behind the wheel startle to life and jerk the car, tires veering back to his side of the road, and we passed uneventfully.  But it was enough to […]

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The Parable of The Prick and The Scum Bag

Jesus didn’t like everybody.  The man so often equated with peace and love got annoyed with people.  He famously chased a gaggle of businessmen out of the Jerusalem temple.  He compared pharisaic lawyers to a den of poisonous snakes.  On more than a few occasions, he described his own disciples as dim-witted.  And to the […]

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Faith Isn’t Rocket Science

Religion isn’t a scientific endeavor.  Religious beliefs don’t require proof or logic, and religious people can believe all kinds of things that conflict with common-sense reality.  Thirty-nine members of the Heaven’s Gate group killed themselves, thinking their souls would be taken aboard a spaceship flying in the wake of the Hale-Bopp comet.  Once on board, […]

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Trusting The Miracle

I’ve been wondering what to do with myself lately.  Perhaps it’s because I turned sixty a few months ago.  Perhaps it’s because I had a heart attack shortly afterwards.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve never held a job longer than seven years, and I’m approaching that now.  Perhaps it’s because I still don’t know what I […]

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Spiritual Chiropractics

Whenever I start to take myself too seriously, which seems to be a daily hazard, I head out to look at some mountains.  For the last few years, that has meant a short trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway to bask in the aura of the Smokies.  Craggy crests and ridges bathed in blue haze […]

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Meeting God

The first time I experienced what I think of as God was as a bored teenager in church, feeling guilty about masturbating.  Masturbation was a regular activity, being a horny fifteen year-old, and the Sears catalog provided visual stimulation.  In my day, catalogs were the equivalent of internet porn.  Unfortunately, I also believed masturbation was […]

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