Category Archives: Bible

Trust Not in Ideologies

“Put not your trust in princes,” advises the Bible. I would add “put not your trust in ideologies.” Ideologies don’t make decisions. People make decisions, for good or for ill. Every way to organize society has advantages and disadvantages. If … Continue reading

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A High School Psychology Experiment

I’ve criticized people for not getting their minds out of high school, and I stand by that criticism. Even when it applies to me. On the other hand, high school is the first time we learn certain lessons about life. … Continue reading

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Is There a “Problem of Goodness”?

“The problem of evil” has long been a thorn in the side of Judaism and Christianity. It’s a fairly simple argument: Judaism and Christianity say that God is infinitely good and infinitely powerful. If God is infinitely good, then He … Continue reading

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Visit a Foreign Country

“The past is a foreign country,” advised British novelist L.P. Hartley. And it’s true: Most of us have quite enough trouble keeping up with the present. We’re too busy to think much about the past. Of course, there are different … Continue reading

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Is the Bible Worth Reading?

Is the Bible worth reading? I think it is, but you can find intelligent, moral people on both sides of that question. American novelist Mark Twain, best known for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, had a low opinion of the … Continue reading

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Get Help from Your Automatic Pilot

We spend a lot of our lives on automatic pilot. We act out of habit, without thinking about what we’re doing. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. If we had to think our way through everything we did, we couldn’t … Continue reading

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Do We Need Religion to be Good People?

“Does being religious make someone a good person?” Continue reading

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