After reading Michael Novak’s book, No One Sees God (2008) several years ago, as much as I enjoyed the book, it has been its title that has stuck most with me, the clear simplicity of this most vexing aspect of God: His invisibility. It forms the basis for all the various religious ideas, doctrines, practices […]Read More The Tremorous Invisibility of God
I am writing this shortly after two major hurricanes have ripped through both my adopted state of North Carolina as well as Florida and Georgia. These hurricanes have flooded or destroyed homes in North Carolina and flattened entire towns in coastal Florida. As always, there were personal stories of both people who either dodged tragedy […]Read More ALL THAT GOD ALLOWS
Long before any religion formed and named itself, whether pagan or monotheistic, there was our Natural world. Our earliest sense of God’s divinity came once men and women recognized that we were both different than other creatures yet part of the larger Natural whole, easily witnessed both on the ground as well as in the […]Read More WHO IS GOD?
As a physician for many years, I have at times been faced with patients suffering from diseases from which they will not recover, that they are going to die, and soon. While we are taught to help such patients and their families during these very difficult times, each situation is unique and so we have […]Read More ONCE EVERY DAY BECOMES THE LAST
I am finishing up reading a book about the Puritans, which focuses on their sense of persecution in England and coming to what will become Massachusetts in the 1620s to establish a sense of freedom here to develop a Bible-based society. The Puritans thought of themselves as “the new Israelites,” and saw “the New World” […]Read More OUR UNRAVELING PURITY
First, about the title. Some will either feel offended or correct me for being historically wrong, since we all know that Jesus was crucified by the Romans. Although I am a Christian, this essay will eventually come around to a Jewish psychological perspective to try to explain the necessity of their removing Him as a […]Read More WHY THE JEWS HAD TO KILL JESUS
What is the place of John the Baptist in the trajectory between the Old and New Testaments? What does his work say about God’s frustration with us after His long attempts, through both stories and prophecies, to persuade us to follow Him in the OT essentially fail? The OT tries but fails to go deep […]Read More JOHN THE BAPTIST
Question: “Have you ever experienced divine intervention”? 40% (free will) —— 40% (Bible) —– 20% (Shroud of Turin / near-death events) psychology portion: we are the “living hosts” of God & Jesus on earth, His faith is placed in us to do His work in the world —- by giving us free will, we can […]Read More THOUGHTS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY