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The Nature of Good pre-Civilization? The Civilized Older Days? Part II

(Picking up from Part I, a framing of the general question; Which came first, Good or Evil?): The kind of heavy-handed Evil we have been describing here can not be written off as accidents of Nature, freaks or anomalies,...

Which came first, the Good or the Bad in World Civilization? Part I

A debate might begin this way: Satan bragged to Jesus in the Wilderness that he was the master of all the world's Kingdoms, and he would give them to Jesus if he would only bow down and...

Satan’s Falling Out With God, News You Need

In the story I'm developing about Satan's battle against God I'm relying on JRR Tolkein's fictional rendering of their primordial relationship... in part because the Biblical account is sketchy, but also, in my view, "Ainulindale"...

Satan’s Chronicles; A Prelude

I've been working on a book for about six years, "Satan's History of the United States". I originally intended to model it after Schweikart and Allen's best seller Patriot's History of the United States, which is...

Darwin Agrees with God More Than You Know

In the 13th Century there was an interesting Franciscan friar named Ramon Llull (pronounced “yoohl”), who, like another philosopher 400 years later named Pascal, was also a noted mathematician. So Llull understood both the immutable...

First Principles About America: First Questions

Is America an accident? A freak of Nature?  Or, is America the product of Intelligent Design? I don’t intend to try to answer the second half of that question here as that requires an inquiry into philosophy and...

American Apologetics

An Introduction "Apologetics" is generally defined as religious arguments originally used by early church fathers to defend what would eventually become Christian doctrine, to both non-believers who had no particular religious beliefs, an act of persuasion, and to...

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The Science Inside the Math of Science

Sometimes simple events can help one see things that seem complicated but aren’t. Last night my door bell rang just before dark. Since my wife...

Mark Twain, Caiaphas and the Mystery of Satan

During one of his stand-up routines late in life, Mark Twain said he'd always wanted to meet Satan. Shake his hand. (I paraphrase from...

A Necessarily – Amiss Christmas Missive

Note: This was first published on Christmas Eve of 2009. The world is dramatically different now. This year, 2020, we are suffering through a pandemic, harsh and seemingly punitive lockdowns, school and business closures, and a subtle yet brewing social, civil, and cultural war. The message this essay intends to convey, however, is timeless.

American Apologetics

An Introduction "Apologetics" is generally defined as religious arguments originally used by early church fathers to defend what would eventually become Christian doctrine, to both non-believers who...

The Hero in Nature, and the Pagan Ideal of Good

In 1840 Thomas Carlyle gave a series of lectures in London about "Heroes and Hero-Worship". I'm trying to condense some of them into modern easy-to-read...