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Stranger As Neighbor in a Promised Land

Contrary to the old adage, fences do not necessarily make good neighbors. In our election campaign season this last year, the winning candidate promised to build a wall and have our neighbor pay for it. We’ll see.  Now by presidential executive order, … Continue reading

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How a “Non-theist” Celebrates “The Holidays,” Part II

In case you hadn’t heard, it’s okay to say “Merry Christmas” again. As I wrote this commentary, president-elect Donald Trump had just uttered this proclamation on his victory tour. But anyone who has ever read the source material for the … Continue reading

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Something Old, Something New: How a Non-Theist Celebrates “The Holidays”

The Thanksgiving holiday in America is a national observance that has been traditionally framed in a religious context. Whether you like roast turkey or not, one is expected to be thankful for it, and express one’s gratitude to the “Giver” of all good gifts. … Continue reading

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The God of Our Own Creation: Confessions of a Non-theist, Part II

In Part I of this Series, “Away with God!,” we began to consider our conventional, cultural notion of “God” with a capital ‘G.’ This kind of ‘god’ is a theistic one. It is commonly assumed and understood to be about a being, … Continue reading

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Away with God! – Confessions of a Non-theist

“I pray God to rid me of God.”         — Meister Eckhart (1260-c1328)—“Non-dual” Christian mystic / sage While it is apparent that religiously-infused thinking and speaking seems an inevitable and unavoidable human endeavor, it is when we distort such myth-based thinking and the metaphorical … Continue reading

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Reconciling False Divisions, Part III

Third in a Series exploring the shared Abrahamic roots of three faith traditions  Part III: Christian Roots As we turn briefly to the Christian tradition of these three “Abrahamic” faiths, two points can be made upfront. First, Christianity – no matter its varied and … Continue reading

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Reconciling False Divisions, Part II

Second in a Series exploring the shared Abrahamic roots of three faith traditions  Part II: Islamic Roots An American politician wants to build walls, and a major religious leader wants to build bridges. A series of previous commentaries explored the inseparable confluence … Continue reading

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Reconciling False Divisions

A Series exploring the Shared Abrahamic roots of Three Faith Traditions Part I: Jewish Roots A Presbyterian politician who wants to be the leader of the free world claims to have written a great book; second only to the Bible. He … Continue reading

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Unto Us a Child Is Born

A Brief Observance of a Holy Nativity Even non-theists and progressive Christian types love to sing Christmas carols. And, as the British atheist, Alain de Botton, once said, “Religions are intermittently too useful, effective and intelligent to be abandoned to … Continue reading

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All I Want for Christmas Is an AK-47

When the Reason for the Season Goes Missing The morning news cycle yesterday made passing reference that — among the brisk Black Friday holiday shopping spree sales last week — Americans snatched up more guns for gifts than in any … Continue reading

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