ANAMNESIS
Being • Culture • Pound & Joyce • Time
“Anamnesis”; it’s a mouthful…but a very important mouthful. Read more
MYTHOLOGY TODAY
Culture • Science • Time
According to a popular conception of intellectual history, mythology is characteristic of human pre-history. Read more
MORALS AND VALUES IN JOB
Culture • God
The Old Testament Book of Job is thought to be a meditation on the so-called problem of evil: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” (Rabbi Harold Kushner) It is odd then that the book prov... Read more
BEATITUDES
Being • Culture
Reading Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is a bit like going down a rabbit hole or passing through the looking glass. Nothing is as it should be; everything is turned around or upside down. Read more
MORALS OR VALUES
Being • Culture • Existentialism • God
For most of us, our first encounter with “morality” comes through our parents (or parent figures). Read more
THIS IS US
Culture • Science • Time
The fall of 2016 saw a new comedy series, This is Us, added to the NBC line-up. Read more
OUR TWO PARTY SYSTEM
Culture • Politics
No two national political systems are ever the same, but in our era at least they all do have one thing in common: they all want to be thought of as ‘democratic’. Read more
SHAKESPEARE
Culture • Eschatology • Whitehead
Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Duchamp, Camus, Ionesco, Beckett – these are names that come to mind when one thinks about nihilism... Read more
EDUCATING CHRISTIANS
Christ • Culture • John & Paul • Science • Time • Trinity
We are good parents. From infancy we teach our children ‘the facts of life’ –how the world came to be the way it is and how it works. We certainly mean well. But do we do well? Let's see. Read more
KUNDALINI
Culture • Time
Relax. This isn’t an article about the practice of Kundalini Yoga. (Even I know my limits. Read more
FRACTAL
Being • Christ • Culture • Eschatology • God • Science • Trinity
Have you ever been in a fun house? If so, you probably visited the Hall of Mirrors. You enter and all around you are mirrors. Read more
COMPETING CREEDS
Culture • Eschatology • God
The Nicene Creed is the foundational statement of belief for most Christian churches. To the casual reader, some of its assertions may seem difficult and, well, in-credible. Read more
MAY DAY
Culture • Pound & Joyce
A very, very long time ago, when I was young, our favorite days of the year were Christmas and Halloween, not necessarily in that order. Read more
THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS
Culture • Time
Lewis Carroll’s second novel about his young heroine, Alice (you know Alice…of Wonderland fame), is titled Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Read more
GOLDEN RULE
Culture • Existentialism
Growing up, we all learned the Golden Rule (all of us, that is, except Peter Pan): “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Read more
YELLOW SUB HOLY GRAIL
Culture • Yellow Submarine
In the intellectual tradition of the Western world, no theme is more ubiquitous, or enigmatic, than that of the Grail. Read more
MARX & THE REPUBLICANS
Culture • Politics
In a previous article in this collection (“One Party Rule”), we discovered that there is really only one true political party in the United States today, the Democratic Party. Read more
X-MEN
Culture • Existentialism • For Kids • Science • Time
Did you ever say to yourself, “If only I had known then what I know now?” Say it’s Tuesday night and you have an English test coming up Wednesday morning. Read more
ONE PARTY RULE
Culture • Politics
Ask most any American high school student to describe the political system in the United States and she’ll almost certainly mention our “two party system”. Read more
TWO ROADS DIVERGED?
Culture • Whitehead
Ask anyone passingly acquainted with American poetry to tell you the title of his favorite Robert Frost poem and you might expect to hear, “Two roads diverged in a wood”. Read more
ROBERT FROST – QUANTUM MECHANIC
Christ • Culture • Eschatology • Existentialism • Science
Robert Frost’s 1916 poem, The Road Not Taken, appears to be a comment on existential angst and the human condition; and on one level it is no doubt just exactly that. Read more
RERUM NOVARUM – THE PLAY
Culture • Politics
  (The text of this one act play is taken from Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 Encyclical on The Condition of the Working Classes, Rerum Novarum. Read more
LEGO & BELL'S
Culture • Science
It begins as a typical children’s cartoon movie: a struggle between good and evil, mildly interesting characters trying to overcome personal insecurities to ‘be all that they can be’, a love tri... Read more
THE LEGO MOVIE written by David Cowles
Culture • For Kids • Science
(Note: Toward the end of the movie, Finn explains to his dad that Legos are for kids ages 8 to 14. It says so on the box. But Dad says, “That’s just a suggestion!” Same here. Read more
OWL AND PUSSYCAT written by David Cowles
Culture • Eschatology
No, our title does not refer to a pub in London…though if it did, I would certainly be having a pint there. Read more
NORSE MYTHOLOGY written by David Cowles
Culture • Eschatology • Pound & Joyce • Trinity • Whitehead
Beyond the works of Wagner (The Ring),Tolkien (Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit) and, of course, Marvel Comics, most of what we know about Norse Mythology comes from just two sources: The Elder Edda, ... Read more
MYTHOLOGY written by David Cowles
Culture • Whitehead
Language, the principal medium of human reason, comes in three voices: systematic, poetic and mythic. Read more
MAX HEADROOM & DEMOCRACY
Culture • Politics
In the late 1980’s, cult television brought us Max Headroom, a futuristic series whose eponymous hero, an artificial intelligence, a dissipitive bundle of code, lived in cyberspace and interacted wi... Read more
ONTOLOGICAL DEMOCRACY
Being • Culture • Pound & Joyce
What is real…and what isn’t? It seems at times that this question defines the entire project of our lives. As very young children, we accept everything as real. Read more
BEAUTY AND THE TRUTH
Culture • John & Paul • Whitehead
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all Ye know on earth and all ye need to know. Read more
THE MANY WORLDS INTERPRETATION OF NOH
Culture • Eschatology • Heraclitus • Pound & Joyce • Science
"You do not dip twice in the river/Beneath the same tree's shadow/Without bonds in some other life." Heraclitus? No. Read more
MARY POPPINS, SUFI MASTER
Culture • God
How does one come to know the mind of God? From reading a children’s story? Maybe! In 1934, P.L. Travers, an Australian, wrote one of the most famous children’s books of all time, Mary Poppins. Read more
THE REALISTIC MANIFESTO
Being • Culture • Heraclitus • Politics • Time
It’s 1920. The glow of the Russian Revolution is everywhere and dialectical materialism is the philosophy de jour. Every aspect of life in Russian society is undergoing radical transformation. Read more
HENRY MOORE AT ST. PAUL'S
Being • Christ • Culture • Eschatology • God • Time
If you want to understand what’s special about the Christian world view, travel to London and visit St. Paul’s Cathedral. Read more
THE PHILOSOPHY OF EMO
Anaximander • Culture • For Kids • John & Paul
In his master work, I and Thou, the existentialist philosopher, Martin Buber, wrote “In the beginning is the relation.” This was not a new idea. Read more
KANDINSKY...AND THE OTHER WORLD
Culture • Parmenides • Time
From the dawn of philosophy, thinkers have speculated that the world of space & time, matter & energy, objects & sense perceptions, the world in which we seem to live, may not be the only ... Read more