The Bugaboo of Our Own Limitations

I don’t fly often but I was recently on a flight when a man in front of me on the boarding bridge got my attention. I had notice him earlier ...

Work Another Substitute for Religion?

National Public Radio recently aired an interesting interview with Carolyn Chen, sociologist and professor of ethnic studies at University of California at Berkeley. She’s the author of “Work Pray Code: ...

What Do We Expect from Religion?

Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk and promoter of a kind of meditation called centering prayer, asks this question in one of his videos on YouTube. Ancient Israel’s expectation, says Keating, ...

‘Spiritual but Not Religious,’ Revisited

I’ve expressed several times in these blogs my skepticism about declarations by some of our contemporaries that they are “spiritual but not religious.” Much of the skepticism results from the ...

Does God Really Care?

A migrant worker is toiling in a soybean field when he comes across a large metal box, mostly covered in dirt. He looks around before digging the box out and ...

The Bible: Lousy PR?

I often read or hear comments about the Bible that go like this: “Why should anyone pay attention to a book that was written when people were barely literate and ...