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Did Jesus Really Change the World?

A reply to Pastor John Ortberg I’m sorry I missed the original publication on 8/13/2012 of “Six Surprising Ways Jesus Changed the World” by Pastor John Ortberg of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. But the arguments are old ones, they

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Passing

I can’t say that I ever saw her at her best. To me, she was always mildly befuddled, having left half her personality behind her in better times, when she still had a husband and still recognized her children. I

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A Vote For God

Alabama Governor George Wallace once famously said, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats.” If you look at the polling numbers between President Obama and his challenger Gov. Mitt Romney, it’s hard to escape that

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Teachers Are Not the Problem

When I was in public grade school, if there ever was any problem between my teachers and me, my parents – without the slightest hesitation – took the side of my teachers. I didn’t like it at the time, but,

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Patriotic and Idiotic

I hate to put this in religious terms, but there is a kind of American creed: “Freedom and liberty for all” might sum it up. Our leaders remember the tune, but they forget some of the words. I was reminded

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Drone Wars and Death Panels

My wife has a 17-year-old who loves playing video games on his computer. He’s not much different from a typical teenager in this decade: he relishes the chase. He loves the total destruction of an ugly monster, a magic demon,

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If Anyone Ever Tried It

As I mentioned in last week’s “Week in Freethought History,” Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw was known to quip, “Christianity might be a good thing, if anyone ever tried it.” Whatever we might think of the relative merits of the

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John Mill