Shifting views of the divine

Archaeological and literary evidence shows that our concept of and relation to god or the gods has changed over the past six thousand years, this being the titular "great shift" of James Kugel's The Great Shift: Encountering God in Biblical Times.  After study of this excellent book, I could not help but ask some questions. Has God…

Jesus and the Hunt for Happiness

The Hunt for Happiness: Conversations on truth uses my life, fictive stories, and characters to focus on why we make it so hard to help and love one another.  That struggle, focused on controlling rules and behaviors, is the major theme throughout the book.  The ultimate goal is to live in world similar to the Kingdom of…

Learn Your Lessons Well

Problems and causality tend to repeat Simple Solutions Part 3 (Part 1) Blame is not a solution (Part 2) Problem definition requires open minds (This Post) Problems and causality tend to repeat (learn your lessons well) Solutions that restrict freedom create oppression Happiness, Justice, and peace result from well solved problem Problems with problems In…

Feast of the Grinch

He's a mean one!   My heart grew ten sizes that day, it’s true But back in my cave, I’m now very blue. How dare they be happy and full of joys And it’s not because I returned all their toys. The food was great and I didn’t pay a cent I did them no…

Simple solutions Part 2: Out of the Box

Problem Definition Requires Open Minds Continuing the series on Unhappy Simple yet simple solutions, we find ourselves at post #2: (Part 1) Blame is not a solution (This post) Problem definition requires open minds Problems and causality tend to repeat (learn your lessons well) Solutions that restrict freedom create oppression Happiness, Justice, and peace result…

Magic, Restorationism & Gnosticism

My wife Kathy has been watching some shows about a certain religious movement from the 19th century, one that is sometimes seen as a cult and that prompted a discussion that readers may find interesting, hence this post. I've grouped Magic, Restorationism, and Gnosticism together because, at their core, these three practices attempt to reclaim…

Unhappy yet simple solutions Part 1

It is said that 'the road to hell is paved with good intentions'.  I'd like to change that and say 'the road to disaster is paved with simple solutions'.  As humans, we have no choice but to have the perspective of an individual even though we may struggle to be wise and attain a more…

Religion, Temptation, and Evil 

  Religion, Temptation, and Evil.  Just the title is disconcerting! My forthcoming book, The Hunt for Happiness, provides fictional characters to give context for the battles that we all face in deciding what is “good” and what is “bad”.  My conclusions include a strong notion that our ever expanding set of rules, laws, taboos, words…