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Archive for August, 2007

“If I should go out of church whenever I hear a false sentiment, I could never stay there five minutes.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You cannot reason a man out of something he did not reason his way into.”
Jonathan Swift
“Stolen souls”
A commentator (whose comment I mistakenly deleted) asks me how religious believers can ask for respect, when they […]

“Where is my light?
My light is in me.
Where is my strength?
My strength is in me.
Where is my hope?
My hope is in me.
And in you.”
Humanist anthem,
Rabbi Sherwin Wine
The word “warrior” is much in use these days, mostly as a term of approval. It’s good to be a warrior! In sports, it’s a compliment. […]

“Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.”
Voltaire
Yet another book about Billy Graham (The Preacher and the Presidents, by Gibbs and Duffy) has just been published. There must be a whole library of them by now. It’s interesting that it should appear so soon after the […]

“Everything is a dangerous drug except reality, which is unendurable.”
Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave (1945)
Is anyone else as worried as I am about the number of people who now have complete second lives on the Internet?
Seductiveness of the Internet
Back in the day, when I was tapping out word processing documents on the monochrome screen of […]

“If you ever injected truth into politics, you [would] have no politics.”
Will Rogers
Why is Mitt Romney still a candidate for President? I am by no means the first to point out that his recent statement that his five military-eligible sons are serving the country by helping him run for President represents a new […]

“Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
“Prayers are to [people] as dolls are to children. They are not without use and comfort, but it is not easy to take them very seriously.”
Samuel Butler, “Unprofessional Sermons”
Since 90% of […]

“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own — a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty.”
Albert Einstein
A few posts ago (see One-sided dialog, Part 1), I began responding to a July 14 letter to the Chicago Tribune, […]

Pointless?

“We want lives of simple, predictable ease – smooth, even trails as far as the eye can see – but God likes to go off-road. He provokes us with twists and turns. He places us in predicaments that seem to defy our endurance and comprehension – and yet don’t. By his love and […]

They could have known about 9/11. They could have prevented it, just with the information and tools they had. They needed no new laws, no new infringements on individual freedom.
But they did not want to know. And so Dubya sat, for nine whole minutes after the first tower had been […]

“Peacefully they will die…and beyond the grave they will find nothing but death. But we shall keep the secret, and for their happiness we shall allure them with the reward of heaven and eternity.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky
An email correspondent writes:
“From an atheistic point of view…..what has now happened to Rabbi Wine’s spirit? Has […]

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