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You Are Being Watched —

I recently chanced upon a minor flame war about whether atheists or believers in God are more moral. Clearly, belief in God is not required for morality, and many who profess belief in God are less moral than many who don’t. A study was done which reached the unsurprising conclusion that people behave more ethically […]

What Adam and Eve Wrote —

I’m not generally in favor or Bible literalism, as frequently (I think) that is not how the text is meant to be read, and especially so in the case of the book of Genesis. People (Isaac Newton among them) have estimated the age of the earth by adding up the ages of people mentioned in […]

Congregation for the Extirpation of Paranormal Menaces (CEPM) —

The best sort of April Fool’s story is one that starts out plausible but weird, then gets progressively stranger until you realize it’s funny and laugh. If the reader passes the story on, believing it to be real, then the joke isn’t fun any more. If the news is too personal or emotionally charged, it’s […]

On Becoming a vampire without being bitten —

A recent psychological study titled “Becoming a vampire without being bitten: A new study shows that reading expands our self-concepts” says that reading about becoming a vampire, or Harry Potter’s school of wizarding, helps us to psychologically feel we are part of a community and satisfies a need for belonging. While I’m not sure I […]

Nomina Sacra —

Some early Old Testament Greek manuscripts glorify God’s name by writing them in Hebrew characters. Some of my Jehovah’s Witness friends have made much of this fact, as properly reverencing the Divine Name is of central important to them. I have recently discovered, in “The Cambridge History of the Bible, Vol I,” that these manuscripts […]

Bill’s Quote of the Day —

I have a “quote of the day” feature on my Google home page. This is the one I saw today:   Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning. – Bill Gates   What is efficiency, and how […]

Natural Family Planning, the Church’s Best Kept Secret —

When I began my journey to becoming Catholic I was focused mainly on doctrinal issues, e.g. what is the nature of the eucharist, did Mary remain a virgin her whole life, did Christ intend for the Pope to be the head of the church, etc. After I was fairly far along in my studies I […]

Is the Book of Job a Play? —

Something I’ve always wondered about is whether the Bible book of Job was originally a play. To clarify, I am not suggesting that the story is not factual — rather that it was adapted to be performed. Why do I think this? A very limited number of scenes, actors, and props are required: There are […]

Returning to Earth After the Rapture —

Many popular books, movies and websites have told us, based on 1 Thess 4:16-17: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (King James Version) King James Version (KJV) Public Domain [A Public Domain Bible] [KJV at Zondervan] [Zondervan] 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the […]

Proof of God, DNA, and Drake —

A number of proponents of “Intelligent Design” attempt to show, possibly using the Drake equation, that the occurrence of intelligent life anywhere is extremely unlikely, that a miracle would have been required to create us, to explain our existence. I can’t help but think this backwards. Doesn’t this argument show that we were not part […]