Category Archives: Enlightenment

Cosmic connection, freethinking, and worldview

Clear Thinking in Four Easy Steps

I ran across this graphic from a paper called Character and Leadership: Situating Servant Leadership in A Proposed Virtues Framework, co-authored by Jim Lanctot and Dr. Justin Irving. Something about it immediately tingled my “clear thinking sense” (like Spidey sense, … Continue reading

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Harmless Church

Recently I had a dream. It started suitably nuts, as one might expect. I was driving an impossible vehicle, something like a giant geometric shape (triangle or trapezoid?), and having the usual traffic tie-ups, getting lost and so forth. I … Continue reading

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What if You’re Wrong?

I have been asked, “What if you’re wrong? What if God exists and you are indeed bound for hell because you don’t believe? You are risking an eternity of punishment and the loss of infinite reward, simply for refusing to … Continue reading

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Immeasurable Heaven

I don’t normally comment on anything written by young Earth creationists. I have learned from experience that there is no arguing with them; their position is rock solid and will not be moved. It has to be so, because their … Continue reading

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Organized Insanity

Religion can be a comfort in times of stress and times of loss. It can encourage believers to work together and accomplish good things. Religion has its benefits, but it is often ridiculous and harmful. Mohammad Akhlaq was killed because … Continue reading

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Ecosystems and Glory

I was walking past the pond, listening to hundreds of frogs singing in order to score a mate, and I was struck by the magnificence of it all. We don’t know everything about the world, by a long way, but … Continue reading

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Thank Random

I was an evangelical Christian for over 20 years. Whenever something good happened to me during that time, I would thank God for bestowing such favor on me. When something bad happened, I would also thank God—for being with me … Continue reading

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Atheist Morality

I don’t cheat on my tax forms. That doesn’t make me a person of high moral standing; it could just mean I don’t want to get penalized for breaking the law. So, do I have an atheist morality? I have … Continue reading

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Ark Encounter

If you have been following the adventures of the Ark Encounter, you know that it is a profit-making venture of Answers in Genesis (AIG), organized to build and operate a construction (I can’t bring myself to say “reconstruction”) of what … Continue reading

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Ghost Story

I like a good ghost story. I like the idea of an eternal “life force” that can survive after a person physically dies. It makes a good story to imagine that the life force can disconnect from a living person … Continue reading

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