Wednesday, December 28, 2005
"Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out... and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel ... And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for "the universal brotherhood of man" - with his mouth".Mark Twain
Thursday, December 22, 2005
When the song of angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the brothers,
to make music in the heart.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
and speaks forth another."-- Homer
Sunday, December 18, 2005
All I can think when I hear of Christians boycotting stores that advertise "Holiday" sales instead of "Christmas" sales or instruct their employees to wish patrons "Happy Holidays" is this:What would Jesus do? I'm guessing he would look out over the earth and mourn.
So many poor, so many naked,
so many hungry, so many homeless,
so many dying, so many at war,
so many wounded and suffering
...and he would be angry at what is being done in his name and weep at what is not being done."I tell you this truth: When you help the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you have helped me." Matt. 25
by Rev. Sean Parker Dennison
Saturday, December 17, 2005
On Humanism: Either
(a) religious beliefs are interpreted and applied in such a way as to bring them into conflict with scientific theories, in which case we have good reasons for accepting the scientific theories and rejecting the religious beliefs;
or(b) religious beliefs are interpreted and applied in such a way as to make them consistent with accepted scientific theories, in which case the religious beliefs are redundant and do not explain anything which cannot be better explained by the scientific theories.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
T.S. Eliot, "The Four Quartets"
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Some beliefs are like walled gardens. They encourage exclusiveness, and the feeling of being especially privileged.
Other beliefs are expansive and lead the way into wider and deeper sympathies.
Some beliefs are divisive, separating the saved from the unsaved, friends from enemies.
Other beliefs are bonds in a world community,where sincere differences beautify the pattern.
Some beliefs are rigid, like the body of death, impotent in a changing world.
Other beliefs are pliable, like the young sapling, ever growing with the upward thrust of life.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Epictetus, 500 B.C. Stoic philosopher
Saturday, December 03, 2005
You are one of life’s enjoyers, determined to get the most you can out of your brief spell on Earth. Probably what first attracted you to atheism was the prospect of liberation from the Ten Commandments, few of which are compatible with a life of pleasure. You play hard and work quite hard, have a strong sense of loyalty and a relaxed but consistent approach to your philosophy.
You can’t see the point of abstract principles and probably wouldn’t lay down your life for a concept though you might for a friend. Something of a champagne humanist, you admire George Bernard Shaw for his cheerful agnosticism and pursuit of sensual rewards and your Hollywood hero is Marlon Brando, who was beautiful, irascible and aimed for goodness in his own tortured way.
Sometimes you might be tempted to allow your own pleasures to take precedence over your ethics. But everyone is striving for that elusive balance between the good and the happy life. You’d probably open another bottle and say there’s no contest.
What kind of humanist are you? Click here to find out.